Sunday, January 1, 2017

Courthouse - Sayre, Oklahoma

Built in 1911, the Beckham County Courthouse along Route 66 in Sayre, Oklahoma is one of the few courthouses in the state that is topped by a large dome. The tallest building in Sayre, the courthouse has been the center of civic and legal activity for over 100 years and remains a landmark in the town of 4,000 people.

For many years, Sayre fed and fueled the steady stream of people exploring the country in automobiles on the east-west Mother Road. In the 1930s and 1940s, the town built and maintained a public library, a hospital, a forty-acre city park, a golf course, swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, a racetrack, and rodeo grounds, mostly due to the business income from Route 66 travelers.

The distinctive design of the courthouse was the reason it was featured in the final cut of John Ford’s movie, The Grapes of Wrath. Most people think it is the capitol in OKC that is in the movie, but this is it.

A distinctive feature on the grounds is a sharply-dressed bison standing in front of the courthouse. The statue was created by the artist Bill Cothran and is titled "Spirit of the West." It was added to the courthouse grounds in 2007.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Troll in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg is a small town in central Texas in an area known as "The Hill Country." It was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. It is often referred to as Fritztown. The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English.

Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and is home to the exceptional National Museum of the Pacific War. It is also home to 225 places to shop for everything from antiques to wildflower seeds.

Lil Dude Troll's favorite place in Fredericksburg is Rustlin' Rob's Gourmet Texas Foods. Rustlin' Rob's features hundreds of hot sauces, jams, jellies, rubs, spreads and pickled items. And the best thing of all is you can casually amble around tasting all of these things before making up your mind which ones you just have to take back home with you! Lil Dude Troll has never been able to visit this palace of taste testing without buying at least 4 or more jars of stuff!

For a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable time, you can't do much better than a visit to Fredericksburg and while you are there, be sure to visit Rustlin' Rob's. Lil Dude Troll gives it 2 thumbs up!