Friday, August 21, 2015

Clyde and Go Seek

 Crandall, TX (just southeast of Dallas) is a small town like any other where not a lot ever seems to happen except that it has been the filming location for at least two major motion pictures (and an episode of Route 66)!


1967's Bonnie and Clyde tells the true story of two Texas bank robbing lovers and was filmed in and around the Lone Star State. In this scene Gene Wilder is making time with his special lady while Bonnie & Clyde steal his car:




He then jumps into action in a vain attempt to stop the robbery. You can see that the house is still there but is in bad shape. I believe it was bought by the church next door and they are making restorations.



Later on in the film the duo are on Main Street in downtown Crandall:



You can see that a lot has changed but the water tower is still in the background:



Main Street also makes an appearance in 1999's "Boys Don't Cry." (Which also shot in Greenville, TX.)  The Karate School has been replaced with a Mexican restaurant but not much else has changed since then:


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Flushed With Civic Pride

The East Texas town of Sulphur Springs has a great downtown area.  The Hopkins County courthouse anchors an outdoor collection of attractions including giant board games, a splash pad/fountain and a host of monuments and memorials to veterans. 


But the town's most unique and perhaps most famous claim to fame is the world's only see-through public restrooms.  What exactly is a see-though bathroom, you may ask?  Well, here's what it looks like on the outside:


Thanks to the magic of one-way mirrors, the townsfolk can easily relieve themselves while still observing the downtown hustle & bustle.  Here's what it looks like on the inside:


          

The result is the feeling of complete freedom and superiority that can only happen with the combination of peeing in public and not being in trouble for it.  In fact, it's officially our Number 1 recommendation for Number 2!



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hole in the Wall


The Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio has a rich and varied history.  Famous guests have included Oscar Wilde, Babe Ruth and multiple U.S. Presidents.  Events like the "rough rider" recruitment by Teddy Roosevelt and the first public demonstration of barbed wire took place there. 

But history, schmistory!  Let's head to the bar:


The hotel bar is famous in its own right.  It's the oldest continuously operated saloon in town and, according to a plaque at the location, it is an exact replica of a London pub.  It's also known to be the first bar in Texas with ice.  If that wasn't enough, the bar has some very "Texas" features: bullet holes!

         

They're not as big as you might expect.  I guess real-world 19th century weapons don't blow stuff up the way blockbuster movies bullets do.  Some of those bullets probably made their way into some patrons back in the day too because the hotel is known as "The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas."


Monday, August 3, 2015

Running Water

As the poster says, welcome to the 23rd century!

Apparently you can visit the 23rd century world of Logan's Run anytime you want by taking a trip to the Fort Worth Water Gardens.


The 20th century park filled in as a 23rd century doohickey in some scenes toward the end of the film.


Despite Micheal York's excitement (seen below) I don't recommend that you jump in. Just take in the scenery and take some pictures. Be warned though, after your visit you WILL need to pee.