Fly Thru Beer Barn | Longview, Texas

When I saw the Fly Thru Beer Barn, I had to stop and take a few pictures, riding in my car without getting out.  There is an airplane stuck in the roof, complete with its pilot (is it possibly Amelia Earhart?) perched on the roof peak.  It’s far out as I see.

I googled about this deco attraction to see how it was created.  I stumbled into the article about the tragic road accident.

http://www.recoverynowtv.com/alcohol-news/item/drive-up-liquor-stores-responsible-for-alcohol-related-vehicle-deaths.html

From what I took the pictures, it looked open to business.  I will return one day to check if it’s closed for good.

Find the crash on the roof at Gateway Shell and Fly Thru Beer Barn at 1420 W Marshall Ave. in Longview, Texas.

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World’s Richest Acre | Kilgore, Texas

I browsed on Roadside Attractions app on my iPhone and that intrigued me since there was no pictures provided or not a lot of information on World’s Richest Acre in Kilgore so I decided on the spur of the moment to drive there to check off my bucket list.  I left Whitehouse to get there. When I saw the derricks, I was in awe of them.

Kilgore’s fortunes changed dramatically on October 3, 1930, when wildcatter, Columbus M. “Dad” Joiner struck oil near the neighboring town of Henderson. This well, known as the Daisy Bradford #3, marked the discovery of the vast East Texas Oil Field.  Seemingly overnight Kilgore was transformed from a small farming town on the decline into a bustling boomtown. The Daisy Bradford #3 was subsequently followed by the Lou Della Crim No. 1 and many others. By 1936, the population had increased to more than 12,000, and Kilgore’s skyline was crowded with oil derricks.

More than 1,000 wooden oil derricks — perhaps the most visible evidence of the East Texas oil boom — lined the town’s streets.

picture credit: Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches

On part of one downtown block, about 1.2 acres, once stood the greatest concentration of oil wells in the world, producing more than 2.5 million barrels of oil. All but one were dismantled in the early 1960s. The original derrick and 36 new ones, a restored pumpjack, a granite monument to the pioneer oil families of East Texas, and brick walkways make the park a monument to the oil boom of 1930s. A historical marker gives details. One well was drilled through the terrazzo floor of the Kilgore National Bank that once stood on site. The main derrick and several other derricks are capped with lighted stars during the Christmas season, sparking the city’s nickname “City of Stars.”

More than two decades ago, one lone derrick stood on the World’s Richest Acre, the original derrick to its site, preserved and maintained by the Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association. Now 12 more derricks stand on the one-half city block known as the World’s Richest Acre, adjacent to the railroad depot, including one with a workable pumping unit donated by the Marvin A. Smith family. During the boom, 24 derricks once stood side by side in that area.

What was once a focal point of the oil industry has once again become a focal point of downtown.

You can find the derricks at 100 N. Main and 100 N Commerce St. in Kilgore, Texas

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Cowboy Hat-Shaped Coffee Shop | Whitehouse, Texas

 

The first stop from leaving Chandler, it was a beautiful morning. It had been raining the day before, driving all the way from Austin to Chandler.  That sucked.  I decided to head out to Whitehouse to this coffee shop. I wanted some coffee.  I didn’t realize that it was closed with a for sale sign in front. It was definitely out of business.  I wish the business ran open so I could snap some selfies how funky the place was.

The sign hanging on the wall of this tourist attraction used to say: “KickerZ serving you Air Roasted Coffee, gourmet goodies and Home of the Texas Freeze under the hat six days a week.”

You would spot the 10-gallon cowboy hat atop of the shop on the road of Hwy 110 and CR 2125/Moser Lane in Whitehouse, Texas.  The next stop is in Kilgore, Texas.  Follow the next blog, World’s Richest Acre.  

 

 

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The Creature of the Night | Austin, Texas


“Night Wing” is the rotating, purple metal sculpture of a bat in flight by Dale Whistler at the corner of South Congress & Barton Springs Road honors Austin’s most famous part-time residents. Every evening around sundown from mid-March through October, 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats soar off into the night, in columns that look like wisps of smoke. 

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The ATX Sign at the Whole Foods | Austin, Texas

The sun was about to go down and the colors looked soooo warm! The ATX sign is standing behind the Whole Foods Lamar.

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE NEW “ATX” SIGN ON FIFTH AND LAMAR

SIGNAGE COMPANY ION ART CRAFTED THE PIECE FOR WHOLE FOODS

Published: February 16, 2017

You might notice something different at the northeast corner of Fifth Street and North Lamar Boulevard. Seemingly overnight a new public art piece has popped up, proudly declaring some hometown pride.

Perched outside of the Whole Foods flagship store is a rainbow-striped sculpture that says “atx” that has replaced the old sign that spelled out “Whole Foods Market” in concrete letters. The piece has already created a stir, appearing in the background of numerous selfies since it went up last Friday night.

The mysterious work was created by a company that has already created so many iconic signs in Austin: Ion Art. You may already be familiar with the 30-year-old company’s work, including the State Theatre blade and the guitar that welcomes festivalgoers at the gates of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Whole Foods reached out to the group, owned by husband-and-wife duo Greg and Sharon Keshishian, to update its sign as Ion had created the original one.

Settling on a design for this new work of art took upwards of six months, and once the international grocery chain gave its stamp of approval, lead designer Chase Meyers and his staff only had two weeks to put it together.

“We had a lot of late nights working until midnight and working all weekend,” Meyers says. “When you have a project like this that everyone is very excited about, especially with a client like Whole Foods, everyone was committed to seeing it through.”

The steel-and-aluminum structure is made for all types of weather and human interactions, so people are encouraged to sit, climb, and stand on the piece to get the perfect shot. And soon Whole Foods plans on dedicating “atx” to the city of Austin and its residents.

“We were ready to replace our signage (sometimes also accompanied by a classic green Whole Foods Market pickup truck) on the corner of Fifth and Lamar and thought, This is such a visible spot for the city of Austin, we should do something that the community can enjoy,” a Whole Foods spokesperson says. “This art piece is dedicated to our hometown. We’re really proud of our Austin roots and we hope people will enjoy the art installation as they pass by the store.”

It seems like this piece of public art is already working its way into the same league as the “I love you so much” graffiti and “You’re my butter half.”

“It’s exceeding our expectations,” Greg Keshishian says. “We saw it pop up on Yelp recommendations for things to do in Austin, and it hasn’t even been up for a week. We are seeing it everywhere, we’re really proud of it.”

It’s located at 525 North Lamar Blvd behind Whole Foods Market.

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Be Ready for the Ride | Austin, Texas

 

I have been here in South Austin for a year or so.  I hadn’t noticed these until two weeks ago when I passed by on 71.  I spotted a cowgirl and a cowboy at the entrance.  I had to stop by and take a close up.  These sculptures are awesome.   They were shaped with wood only, painted over and put with a potato bag skirt on a cowgirl and the belt on the cowboy.  He’s lassoing the cowgirl, I guess.

Check them out at Patsy’s Cafe that is a colorful South Austin honky-tonk that features home-style cooking.  It’s at 5001 E. Ben White Blvd.

 

It’s also having the wooden blacksmith in the front of the restaurant as well.  Just let ya know!

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The Traveling Men in the Deep Ellum | Dallas, Texas

The Traveling Man is a $1.4 million sculptural series designed by Brad Oldham, Brandon Oldenburg, and Reel FX Creative Studios. The artistic concept plants one foot in the rich history of Deep Ellum and the other foot in the neighborhood’s bright future. You can find them on which corner of the Dallas neighborhood . You might catch a different chapter of the story of giant robot, The Traveling Man, be it his birth, his stroll or his rest.

Awakening of the Traveling Man

The Traveling Man’s head is coming up from the ground, as if he is waking up from the earth below Deep Ellum. His eyes are closed: He is sleeping, but nearly awake. Perhaps he is still dreaming. His bird friends gather around because they know well that the jolly man will soon join them.

The Traveling Man’s head is a familiar shape, similar to a guitar head, which is where a musician controls the tuning of the strings.

 

Waiting on the Train

The Traveling Man is represented in full with a smile and a guitar as he sits with his legs leisurely crossed.

Walking Tall

The Traveling Man is seen taking a jaunty stroll with his avian sidekicks on his arm and around his feet.

After the Eye sculpture, I found three Traveling Men hanging out in the Deep Ellum.  It was drizzling but it didn’t dampen me from running over the rails.  My car was illegally parked near the condos.  I didn’t care less.  I didn’t see the cops or meter maids around near my car.  I did it all within 30 minutes and I didn’t get a ticket.  Yahoo!

The Traveling Man, in all of his forms, are located not far from the Deep Ellum light rail station making him the ambassador for the area, reminding visitors and locals alike not only of the neighborhood’s history with trains but also its more recent history as a cradle for the arts.

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