Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Matchbook Memories: Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train


If you're not old enough to remember the Texas Sesquicentennial, you missed a lot!  It was a year long celebration of Texas' 150th anniversary and it was everywhere.  Parties, parades and prestige filled the Lone Star State in tons of different ways.

One of the more ambitious projects was the six month, 3,000 mile trip around the state made by more covered wagons than you can shake an armadillo at.  You can consider it a half year long homecoming parade...Texas style!

While they had several stops along the route, it wasn't uncommon for folks to line up along the road to wave and cheer the wagons on.  There's a good chance that the wagon train even came by your neighborhood.  Here's the path they took:

Along the way (probably near the toward the end of the journey) my grandparents went out to see the big brouhaha.  With their camera in tow and their Texas pride at an all time high, they took their gander.  Say "Howdy" to Paw Paw:

Some wagons were owned by wagon enthusiasts, some were made specifically for the fun of the event and some were sponsored.  Here's a look at some of the ones that stood out including...

A Winchester Rifle Wagon:

A Port-O-Pottie "Wagon":

And even a Grandy's Wagon:

With only a mere nineteen years left before the Texas Bicentennial, it's time to get started on the next generation of wagons.   Personally, I'm hoping for a Whataburger Wagon!

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