The Lone Star building pictured here is an example of the brick architecture that is seen in many of the small towns in this section (locally known as “The Big Country”) of Texas. Brick construction does endure. This building is on the southeast corner of this intersection of two streets.
Black and white photographs from decades ago are taped to the inside glass of these store front doors. We note the peeling paint. These doors were on the south side of the street and shielded from the sun, yet the old paint has peeled and faded over time.
One of the various antiques shops on the street. This brick building is an antique itself and is fully exposed in the bright, midday sun on the north side of the street.
There is a railroad museum and old depot at the end of the street. This caboose is on open display.
Let’s continue our self-guided walking tour of the business district, such as it was, in Baird, Texas. The short shadow cast by Lucy indicates a sun that is rather high in the sky (as happens at midday).
More use of bricks seen here in this image. T and P means Texas and Pacific Railroad. A fallen flag no doubt now. We did see later a working and moving BNSF freight train in nearby Clyde, another small town a few miles to the west of Baird.
Shooting with the sun beating down on me and with sunglasses on for protection from the glare (I have sensitive eyes) contributed to my tilting of this shot. A museum slash visitor center is a rather symmetrical building made of brick. It was closed on Sundays.
As no one was around, Lucy took the liberty on impulse to climb aboard the caboose for this pic.
Now, we see the far end of the caboose with the glare of the high sun seeping into this scene.
One of the trucks (paired wheels) of the caboose.
A rare concession here as I do not like being photographed.
Turning back now to return the way we came, we see this small building on the north side of the street. It is in good repair so to speak and is likely a small business that still is in operation on weekdays.
Trees shade this small hair salon, the Silver Scissors.
If it had not been so hot, I would have liked to have stopped in this shop that was open to see what might be found there.
In this photo, we again see the Lone Star Building, from a distance, and gain an appreciation for its size.
From further away, we again see the building that was in our last image from part one of this photo essay. We seemed to have the whole downtown area to ourselves this Sunday.
Back now across the street from where we parked the car, we take this last picture of another antiques and collectibles shop.
Bonus!! We now present 5 pics taken in the small town of Clyde (with about 3,800 residents), which is about 5 miles west of Baird and closer to Abilene (population about 130,000).
Through the windshield, we see a typical tree-lined residential street in Clyde.
South of Interstate 20, the rail line runs east to west and intersects or crosses many of the town’s north-south streets. Here, we were stopped by the train. If I had been quicker, I would have been able to capture an image of the BNSF locomotives pulling this train in a westbound direction.
The train progresses on into the distance.
The train passes.
The Clyde public library in a different, more Southwest, color of brick.
End of photo essay.
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