Sky Watch Friday: Hancock Park

swftomThe Big Guy and I recently moved to Central Texas. We have enjoyed being closer to family and to exploring the Texas Hill country.  Hancock Park in Lampasas, Texas is a 100+ acre park located along Sulfur Creek.  Hancock Park includes a playground, walking trail, golf course, swimming pool and Hostess House.

Hancocksp4.jpgIn the 1880’s Lampasas  was a tourist attraction and health spa. There was 2 story Park hotel, Hanna Springs bath and an opera house. By the mid-1890s the hotel burned. The opera house would close by 1900.

Hancocksp2.jpgA Baptist camp was built at Hancock Springs. The swimming pool was built in 1911. The Baptist camp was sold in 1929 to help raise funds for Baylor College for Women (now University of Mary-Hardin Baylor).

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The city of Lampasas purchased the property in 1936.  During World War II Hancock park was leased by the army as a recreation camp for the Camp Hood (now Ft. Hood).  After World Ward II Hancock Park returned to the city and a 9-hole golf course was built.

Sources:  Austin Chronicle Day Trips and Lampasas Hostess House History

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Sky Watch Friday: At-At

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Life-size At-At at Disney’s Hollywood Studio Orlando Florida

Last fall the Big Guy and I visited Walt Disney World (Florida).  We decided to visit Disney one more time before we moved back out-of-state.  In Disney’s Hollywood Studio there is a life-size At-At located near the Star Tours ride. I took this with the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S6.


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Sky Watch Friday: Luther Memorial and Bell Tower

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Luther Memorial and Bell Tower,
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor,
Belton, TX

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Texas.  Pays tribute to the original building on UMHB’s campus.

The memorial pays tribute to Luther Hall, the first building constructed on campus when UMHB moved from Independence, Texas in 1886. Luther Hall was considered to be one of the finest academic buildings in Texas, until it burned down on January 26, 1929.

The memorial was constructed in 1955, from the stones of Luther Hall. It includes a bell tower with two historic bells. The Horton Bell, the lower bell in the tower, is from the University’s first location in Independence. The upper bell, the sophomore bell, can only be rung by sophomores as a traditional privilege reserved for them.

Source: Luther Memorial

 

 


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Throwback Thursday: Animal Kingdom

From May 1st, 2008.

A several of years ago we had Disney passes. Took these pictures on one of trips to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It seems like the smallest of the parks at Disney World however it is actually the largest. The African Safari takes up most of the land for the park.

Africa from Disney\'s Animal Kingdom

Taken in the African part of Animal Kingdom.

That tree is actually a person.

This is one of my favorite shots. Look closely the tree is really a person.

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest during the construction phase.

Sky Watch Friday: Sunset in Aggieland

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Sunset over Kyle Field

Home to the 12th Man and steeped in tradition Kyle Field is one of the most intimidating stadiums in college football. Kyle Field has been home to Aggie football since 1904 or 1905. The first stadium was completed in the early 1920s with seating for around 500. Today the Kyle Field seats over 80,000. Major renovations are scheduled to begin at the end of this season that will make Kyle Field the largest stadium in the Texas and SEC.


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