The Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum and the painted churches were closed when we were in Hallettsville last Memorial Day, so we had those on our bucket list for when we came back through. We weren’t disappointed.
When we went on the Shop Hop at the RV Quilters Retreat, we liked Bandera and wanted to go back.
There were two great museums in Vernon, the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon College Campus, and the Wilbarger County Historical Museum.
I have worked in facilities management for higher education my entire life. In fact, my father was the Director of Physical Plant at Texas Christian University for 17 years and I grew up in a house where the trials and tribulations of a university chief facilities officer were discussed nightly.
I was born in 1954, and for those who remember their history, the “baby boomers” as we were nick-named constituted a very large student population. Indeed, as we progressed from kindergarten to college, we were often housed in temporary buildings in the parking lot all the way through school. Right behind us, however, there was a very large decrease in this demographic, and many of the colleges converted older dormitories to offices. Interestingly, the staff grew while the population was declining, a trend that never really reversed.
We’re always up for a good, out-of-the-way museum. As usual, there was a docent who was very knowledgeable.
We got interested in the Quilt Trail and walked around most of Lusk, further stumbling upon the Stagecoach Museum. The Stagecoach Museum is in a former Wyoming National Guard Armory and houses relics from the 19th-and 20th-centuries when Lusk was a notorious cow town and busy homesteader area.
We spent most of one morning touring the Clark Hotel. I took a tour of the old kitchen while ElizaBeth visited with the curator.