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A Visit to the Frontier Times Museum

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Frontier Times Museum Parenthood is full of surprises. Sometimes they’re of the unpleasant variety: you plan a fun day, but things don’t work out liked you’d hoped. Other times, it’s the exact opposite. You’re not entirely sure where you’re going or what you’ll do when you get there, but everyone has a blast anyway!

Our day at the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera was a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I thought E. would be bored. However, she loved it.

The Frontier Times Museum may appear small, but it contains 40,000 artifacts from the old west. As you can imagine, there isn’t a lot of room to run around in the museum, so watch those little ones closely!

You’ll find everything from old pianos and typewriters to elaborately-decorated saddles. One of my favorite items was an old dentist’s chair and equipment from the 1800’s.

E. particularly enjoyed looking at some seashells which were brought back to Texas from the Phillipines during the 19th century. We had fun looking at the old household items and comparing them to the kinds of things we use today. I was truly surprised that E. found the museum so fascinating, since she’s only 3 years old. Just goes to show you: it doesn’t hurt to try something new once in awhile.

The museum is located in the small town of Bandera, which is a very easy drive from San Antonio. Once you get into town, you’ll see signs for the Frontier Times Museum. If you lose your way, just look for the county courthouse; the museum is located a block behind it. Admission is reasonable: $5 for adults and free for children under 6. Kids over 6 pay $2, Seniors $3.

Frontier Times piano
E. really wanted to play the piano, but of course I didn’t let her.

Frontier Times, dentist chair
Dental equipment from the old days…Yikes!

Texas Photo: Ice Cream, Antlers, and a Little Bit of Hollywood

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When I learned that we’d be moving to San Antonio, one of the first things I did was start thinking about fun day-trip destinations. Bandera, “the cowboy capital of the world,” instantly intrigued me. Although you might not see a cattle drive proceeding down Main Street, Bandera is definitely worth a visit if you’re travelling to the Hill Country.

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E. and I recently checked out the Bandera General Store, located at 306 Main Street. As we walked into the store, I noticed this sign in the window:

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In case you’re a little rusty at identifying celebrity heiresses, that’s Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Yes, Paris and Nicole graced the people of Bandera, Texas with their presence! As I looked around the general store, I couldn’t quite picture those Hollywood girls hanging out here and enjoying a vanilla Coke. Hopefully, they were gracious guests.

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Only in Texas would you find a place like this, which is why I love it.

E. enjoyed her ice cream, and I had a vanilla coke. The wooden floors looked worn, and the signs that hung on the wall made me smile. There’s something very genuine about this place.

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If you’re ever in Bandera, consider making a stop at the Bandera General Store. It’s pure Texas. And maybe–if you’re lucky–you’ll run into Paris and Nicole.

Historic St. Stanislaus Church

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Built in 1876 of native limestone, St. Stanislaus Church is the second oldest Polish church in the U.S.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves by starting this story in 1876. The real beginning occurred in 1855 when 16 Polish families made the long journey to Bandera to settle. Four years later, they began to construct a small log building that would serve as their first church.

This story reminds me of the first, small St. Louis Church in Castroville. (To learn more about stone churches in Castroville, read my post Churches Big and Small in Castroville, Texas.) It is amazing to think about how much was accomplished in such a short amount of time, how a group of settlers in a foreign land were able to go from humble one-room churches to beautiful stone structures capable of holding larger congregations.

For more information on the history of St. Stanislaus Church, visit the church website.

From My Daughter’s Point of View

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It’s come to my attention that I take lots of pictures of the back of E.’s head. Sometimes this is on purpose, but not always. I’ve noticed that it’s really difficult to get a good picture of her these days…I’ll get the perfect shot all lined up and then–poof–E. is running away and my neatly-composed moment is gone.

So, here is a collection of pictures of the back of E.’s head that actually turned out better than they might have if she had looked at me and said, “Cheese!”

Here she is outside of the Guenther House in San Antonio:

And here she is at Disney World this past spring:

In this photo, E. checks out a horse in Bandera, Texas:

This is one of my favorites. E. is standing in front of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

I took this picture of the back of E.’s head on purpose when we were in Hawaii:

However, this most recent one, at Love Creek Orchard in Medina, Texas, was an accident:

Remember to check out Photo Friday at Delicious Baby for fun travel pictures that are actually properly-composed!

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