This past Friday, we drove to the small town, Comanche, which is the “seat” of Comanche county (the county offices are located there). The town is about 35 miles south by southwest of Stephenville, which is another 80 miles west by southwest of the large city, Fort Worth. Rather than break this photo essay into 2 parts, we will simply post the 30 or so images in this essay.
This is the first picture that we took – an old style lamp post, likely solar powered now.
In the main square, the old part of town, we see a model Bison, and a welcoming sign. Note the time and the temperature (about 31 degrees Celsius). But, as there were shaded sidewalk areas with benches and a breeze, this low humidity day was not uncomfortable to be out and about in.
Information about Bison.
Item of local trivia: When we passed through this town in late July, 2018, we noticed that out past it a couple of miles or so there is a church that is called Comanche Cowboy Christian Church (note the alliteration). Even cowboys need to go to church. (They have a web page for those interested.)
The town is named for the Native American or American Indian tribe, the Comanches.
One item to note (not mentioned in the below info plaque) is that the horse was introduced to North America by the Spanish.
Lucy stands behind the Texas Longhorn.
Info (little known) about this breed of cattle.
This is the building that houses the county officers and offices.
This stone marker is in front of the building.
This monument (below) to Confederate veterans remains intact. The stylized CSA at bottom stands for Confederate States of America. We will comment here that for some students of history the Civil War, or War Between the States, was not solely about slavery. The principal issue, for some people, is states’ rights versus federal control. The southern states seceded from the Union. (The only reason that Maryland did not secede is that Lincoln had federal troops surround the state house in Annapolis, thus preventing the state legislature from voting for secession.) What the southern states learned from the war is that once you join the club, enter the US as a state, there is no backing out and leaving the club. Four of the Confederate states were original colonies, and part of the first 13 states that made up the US in 1789 (Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia).
Senator Calhoun of South Carolina found that you cannot nullify federal laws at the state level indefinitely. And, we see this today when federal laws and state laws conflict, the federal law is upheld to be supreme by the federal courts.
On a personal note, when I lived in the mid-Atlantic region, while at university, I had the opportunity to visit both Gettysburg, and Antietam Civil War battlefields. Gettysburg was the battle (over 3 days) with the most casualties (approx. 51 thousand) during the war. Antietam (in Maryland) is known for having the most single day casualties of the war (approx. 23 thousand). This was America’s deadliest war.
This log cabin like building is said to be the first courthouse in the county.
On one of its walls, we see this item.
Apparently, they built multiple courthouses in the area, as there is another wall item telling visitors of the 1890 Courthouse.
Close by, we capture this image of highway signs. In many small towns, various state highways intersect.
A view across the street of old store front buildings. The blue sky was free of clouds this day.
Panning the camera back now to view the back of the welcoming sign.
An interesting look here with the horizontal traffic lights, the blue sky and the building across the street.
A view of another street and old building.
A potted plant down a side street is seen here.
When we passed through this town in the summer of 2018, this building had the name of the previous bank, Comanche National Bank, but since then it was bought out by a larger bank with branches in several areas of the state. The original (older) building for the Comanche National Bank was across the street from this current location. The Spirit of Texas Bank has as its motto, in its advertisements, “Texans helping Texans”.
Walking along one side of a nearby street, in the shade of an awning, we see this door mat.
On a nearby wall, we see this item.
Further along and on the other side of the street, we see this fire house.
Relaxing on a wooden bench in the shade was made more comfortable with the breeze.
Behind the glass, an image of a local figure from an earlier time.
Local history on audio.
It was quite difficult photographing this item due to the reflection off the glass. This over sized post card is likely from the 1950s.
We visited a local (second hand) souvenir shop.
Among other items, we purchased this “wood card”. From many years ago, I can remember such wooden post cards (back in the 1960s and very early 1970s). You could actually place a postage stamp on the back and write an address for delivery. It is very lightweight wood.
It was a fun day trip driving out and visiting Comanche. It gives us a glimpse of a slower pace of life, a simpler way of life that is closer to the land. Sadly, we could see indications that the local economy was harmed by the nation’s lock downs due to the Corona Virus hysteria (which the medical people, the government, and media forced on to us all).
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