Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

John Watson

John Watson
  • 5 Bridge over creek.jpg John Watson: In search of a special bridge: the Regency Suspension

    My son moved to San Saba about 12 years ago. On one of my visits there he said that he had something to show me. He then took me a few miles northwest of San Saba to see the Regency Suspension Bridge which spans the Colorado River between San Saba County and Mills County. This is the bridge that appears in the opening segment of Texas Country Reporter with Bob Phillips.

    February 13, 2011 5 Photos

  • 5 Cheerleaders.jpg John Watson: R.G. Boles and the Cleburne High School cheerleaders

    Last year the local genealogy group received some old pictures of people and places around Cleburne from a lady in Austin. I got a chance to look through some of the pictures.

    February 6, 2011 5 Photos

  • 3 Tehuacana College.JPG John Watson: Tehuacana — A hidden Texas treasure

    Sometimes you have to leave the main road and travel down the little known byways to find the interesting places. Several years ago while on my way to Mexia, I spotted a sign over a gate on the south side of the road which said “Tehuacana Ranch.” About a quarter mile down the road was a sign “Tehuacana” with an arrow pointing to a side road to the left.

    January 30, 2011 9 Photos

  • 5 Coffee sign.jpg John Watson: Back in the days, ads were as big as a barn, literally

    Every time we turn on a radio, TV, or a computer we are bombarded with advertisements for everything imaginable. The American public is being brainwashed by the New York advertising executives. What was advertising like before the electronic age?

    January 23, 2011 8 Photos

  • 1 High Brow Cat.JPG John Watson: Cutting horse exhibit pays homage to cowboys

    In the 1940s and 1950s, when the fair grounds and rodeo arena were where the convention center and post office are now located, Dad and I went to the rodeo most every year. Dad’s favorite part of the rodeo was the cutting horse contest.

    January 9, 2011 5 Photos

  • 3 Longhorn herd.JPG John Watson: Herding cattle

    After the Civil War the Texas economy was devastated. Texas only had one valuable resource; millions of longhorn cattle roaming the Texas plains. These cattle were worth only about $2 a head here, but could bring as much as $40 a head at the northern markets. Now, the only problem was getting them to the market.

    January 2, 2011 5 Photos

  • 6 Chuck Wagon.JPG John Watson: Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame worth a trip to visit

    The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located, where else but in Cowtown, Fort Worth, Texas. It is in the old horse and mule barn on East Exchange Avenue across from the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange building. The first barns, built in 1898, were destroyed by fire in 1911; a fire that supposedly started by a spark from a passing train.

    December 26, 2010 8 Photos

  • 1 Round screen TV.JPG John Watson: Ghosts of gadgets past

    We are nearing Christmas when much money will be spent on electronic entertainment centers, electronic games, music videos, etc. I thought that today we might go back to the start of all this.
    Back in 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first device for recording and playing back sound. The first recordings were on wax cylinders four inches long and two inches in diameter.

    December 19, 2010 6 Photos

  • 1 Five Live Oaks.JPG John Watson: The Five Live Oaks are no more — alive that is

    The Five Live Oaks were a well-known landmark in the southwestern corner of Johnson County for many years. These are five trees that appear to have been planted at the same time in very close proximity to each other; whether by early Indians or by nature, we do not know. Some say they were a well-known landmark among the Indians of the area.

    December 12, 2010 4 Photos

  • 7 Chuck Wagon.JPG John Watson: Griffith Switch: another Texas town of memories

    Griffith, Texas, was a small town on what is now Farm-to-Market Road 2258 at Boggy Branch, in western Ellis County. It was named for J.W. Griffith, an early settler. The town became known as Griffith Switch when a spur track for the International-Great Northern Railroad came through the community in 1903, after which it served primarily as a cattle shipping point. Griffith Switch had an estimated population of 25 and one business in 1930. The population remained about that number until 1970, when no estimate was available. By that time the town had a store, a cotton gin and a service station.

    December 5, 2010 9 Photos

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