The homesite of Fannie Baker Darden, known as "Poet Laureate of Columbus." Daughter of Texas war for Independence hero, Gen. Moseley Baker, and his wife Eliza; married attorney W. J. Darden, January 26, 1847; had two sons. Moved to Columbus, 1852. Taught art at Colorado College. Wrote for Columbus, Galveston, Houston, New Orleans newspapers.
Buildings along Milam Street - the white one in the middle is called the Ehrenwerth-Ramsey-Untermeyer Building, and it dates from 1873.
Looking down Milam Street from the Old Stafford Opera House, with the Confederate Memorial Museum to the right.
The Confederate Memorial Museum, built 1883 by town of Columbus, using over 400,000 handmade bricks. Has 32- inch walls. Served as water tower and fire house until 1912. Since 1926 owned by Shropshire-Upton Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The Old Stafford Opera house, built 1886 by R.E. Stafford (1834-1890) millionaire cattleman, stately interior (which seated 1000) had gas burning chandeliers and an elaborate hand-painted curtain. Architect was N.J. Clayton, who designed many opulent Texas buildings. Opening performance, "As in a Looking Glass," starred famous Lillian Russell. Magician Houdini also played here as did other prominent entertainers. On performance days, special trains ran from the distant towns. Some details:
The Oaks Theatre (the Columbus Opry closed in 2006). My mother and father saw movies here when they were dating in the '50s. They could have seen a movie in nearby (20 miles) Eagle Lake (where they both grew up), but why do that when you could drive to Columbus??
Dairy cone, day and night
Blue Star Memorial Highways are a tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America.
The District Court Tree - in 1837 this oak sheltered Texas jurors. Courthouse was unfinished because logs coming down river for building had swept past in strong current. R. M. Williamson, presiding, was called "Three-Legged Willie" due to appearance; he had good leg, crippled leg, and wooden leg.
The oldest commercial building left standing in Columbus, the Old Brick House was owned and occupied 1850-67 by Thomas W. Harris, a physician from Virginia, who built it of locally made bricks. No big deal maybe, but look what I found in the window:
A former car dealership? I liked the Art Deco-esque detailing and light green color. I think that shade of green is so indicative of the '30s and '40s.
I dedicate this post to my maternal grandfather, Orville Powers, who passed away last Thursday (May 3) at the age of 92. Funeral and family activities have made it difficult to post, thus the recent dry spell. He lived in nearby (to Columbus) Eagle Lake, and he avoided the nursing home in Columbus, where a room had been prepared for him.