Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Follow Facebook's Traces of Texas For Lone Star State History

If you are a Texan, or an aficionado of Texas history, there is a Facebook Community page called Traces of Texas which you might want to check out and follow.

Traces of Texas posts extremely interesting historical photos, usually sent in by readers, with the photos sometimes being of a general interest sort, with others being photos showing ancestors from long ago living life in Texas.

The explanatory text is often colorful and as illustrative as the photos.

For example the following text describing the photo you see below the text.....

"Traces of Texas reader Guy Choate kindly shared this sensational photo of a group of bicyclists in San Angelo, circa 1900. The "San Angelo Wheelmen" were a bicycling club that formed during the bicycling craze that gripped early 20th century America. I don't know if there are words to describe how good this is. Look at the clothing being worn by the girls in front. And it's hot enough riding a bike in Texas in a t-shirt and spandex. Can you imagine doing so attired thusly? Wow. Every person in this photo is wearing a hat."

As a modern day mountain biker, who frequently gets flat tires, the above was quite interesting, causing curiosity as to what constituted bike tires way back in the early 1900s.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Mountain & Canton First Monday Trade Days

Canton's First Monday Trade Days may be the biggest such event in the world. Well worth a visit.

Recently we received a blog comment about Canton and First Monday Trade Days which included so much good information it is worth repeating here....

If you haven't visited Canton Texas lately, either for the First Monday Trade Days or any time of the year, now is the time to revisit!

During market weekends or even during "off-market" times, you'll want to stay on The Mountain in Canton! Meandering footpaths and wooded trails lead to quaint and cozy bed and breakfasts nestled among the trees, where blue jays and other songbirds help start the day! And in the early summer evening let the fireflies light your way!

The Dockside Cottages is one of several B&B's that offer accommodations throughout the month. Rooms are crisp and clean, hosts are warm and hospitable, and the getaway will rejuvenate your soul! Rates start as low as $95 per room, per night.

If planning an special event, be sure to check out the newest private event venue in the region, Boot Hill, opening on The Mountain in Canton, Texas, March 5, 2016 at 5:30PM. The soft opening will be during First Monday Trade Days with a fun night of Karaoke starting at 8:00PM.

For hosting your own private event, you can book the entire place (complete with full catering kitchen) at Boot Hill, or book the big outdoor decks for an enchanting event under the tall oaks and cedars!

You can find more information about Boot Hill on Facebook at Boot Hill Entertainment & Private Event Venue - and the new website will be coming soon to www.BootHillPlace.com

The Dockside Cottages is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheDocksideCottages/

Call or text them at 214-463-8463 

An overnight stay on The Mountain in Canton would be fun. We saw The Mountain on the last visit to Canton.

A map to help you find your way to Canton and The Mountain and First Monday Trade Days.