Sunday, May 19, 2002
feast waits for motorists taking southbound route
Reporter-News Staff Writer
No amount of digital
power, sound system wattage and stadium seating at a movie theater
can top the drive-in experience. So I catch a Sunday night show
at Abilenes Town and Country Drive-In, 2902 Vogel Ave.,
before hitting the road.
The next day I head
south to Buffalo Gap. The Buffalo Gap Historic Village is an impressive
collection of buildings from the past, giving visitors a glimpse
into life long ago. Even some of the towns buildings that
are still in use (The Wild Women Store, Lolas Mexican Restaurant)
could be part of the exhibit.
Drawing closer to
Tuscola, Jim Ned High Schools stadium appears in the distance.
The stadium serves as a reminder that high school football is
king in West Texas; I can picture and hear the packed stands on
a cool, fall Friday night.
As Farm Road 382
reunites with U.S. Highway 83, the Ballinger Cross greets me as
I near town. The giant white metal structure contrasts nicely
against the green backdrop.
A lady is sitting
on a wooden log bench as I pull up, and she seems fixated on the
paintings around the crosss base. Isnt it just
magnificent? is all she can muster.
My next stop is my
most anticipated: the American Indian pictographs in Paint Rock.
I arrive midmorning
at Kay and Fred Campbells ranch on Highway 83. Kay is deep
into telling stories to a group of fourth-graders, passing on
the wisdom from her 75 years of living there. Her grandfather,
D.E. Sims, traveled from Missouri and purchased the land in 1887.
He named the town Paint Rock and did his best to preserve the
paintings, some of which are 9,000 years old.
in Ballinger, I happen upon Taylors Restaurant, a diner
where folks gather to talk politics, sports and current events.
Waitresses seem to know everyones name and his usual order.
Between bites, Allen
Amos, a Concho County judge, talks about life here.
Nature puts on her best Sunday dress here, there is not a more
beautiful creature in the world than here, he said.
As for Texas Monthlys
neglect of Abilene, Amos shrugs his shoulders: They missed
out on a lot of interesting things and people.
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Reporter-News Online: Local News - 10 Great Drives Texas Monthly Missed
Stories, special section celebrate Big
Texas Monthly didnt see fit to include Abilene and
most of the Big Country in this months cover story, 10
Great Drives. So, today we celebrate ourselves. And well
laugh about all those city-slicker magazine readers who wont
know about the great steaks, sophisticated museums, drug store
cherry sodas and friendly people of our area.
Abilene, prettiest town Ive ever seen."
Open Spaces beckon to visitors
modern technology meet west of Abilene
furry critters make drive a joyous occasion
Hilton began empire of hotels just down the road
creators memory lives on in Cross
down Highway 6 offers antiques, tasty treats
visual feast waits for motorists taking southbound route
offer local color on excursions to small Texas towns
Escarpment gives clear view into West Texas history
from pool to lake teems with welcoming lures for the traveler
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