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For me, cemeteries aren’t particularly sad to walk through, nor are they unsettling in the way they seemed to be when I was a kid. Instead, they are like outdoor art museums. For instance, we found some beautifully carved tombstones in Castroville, where we took a walk through Saint Louis Cemetery.
I know this isn’t a typical mother-daughter outing. Sometimes I don’t think we give kids enough credit. Just like us adults, they can find beauty in the unusual.
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This marker can be found in a small park called September Square in Castroville, Texas.
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I have to admit, I was a little confused as I began to read about the Landmark Inn. “So, it’s a hotel? That’s open to the public? And it’s a historic site? And a park too?” I couldn’t quite picture it. But on a sunny day in December, E. and I got to see if for ourselves.
The Landmark Inn is indeed a hotel. It’s also a state historic site with a walking trail, several buildings, and lots of informative signs to help visitors along the way.
The main building, which now serves as the hotel, was originally a general store. Later, rooms were rented out to travellers on their way from San Antonio to El Paso.
A trail leads from the main building to the kitchen, which dates to 1849. Continuing along the same path, visitors come to the bathhouse, which supposedly provided the only place for travellers to take a bath between San Antonio and El Paso, according to the accompanying sign.
E. enjoyed walking along the trail and investigating each building, knocking on the doors and then declaring, “No one home!”
Further along the trail, near the Medina River, we saw the old mill. Next to it, a tall wooden marker shows the various flood levels that have occurred at this spot.
We enjoyed our visit to the Landmark Inn, and I definitely learned a few things about life in Texas during the mid-19th century. E. enjoyed walking along the trail and exploring her surroundings. I’m lucky to have such a fun travel companion.
At the corner of Fiorella and Lafayette, across the street from September Square, you’ll find the Old Highway Filling Station. This Castroville landmark was built in 1925 and at various times in its history has served as a filling station, a liquor store, and a bus station.
An old gas pump still stands out front (and on this day, so did little E.).
This is part three in my series on historic buildings in the town of Castroville, Texas. Please stay tuned for more. Coming up: the Landmark Inn.
Born in France, Henri Castro first travelled to the United States in the 1820′s. By the 1840′s, he had become an American citizen, learned to speak fluent English, and recruited other colonists from France to join him in Texas. For more information on Castroville’s founder, take a look at these Texas Historical Commission markers:
Castro’s homestead, built in 1845:
Castro’s homestead is located at 1109 Fiorella Street. The monument to Henri Castro, flanked by monuments honoring those who fought in World Wars I & II, can be found in September Square.
This is part two in a series I’ll be writing on historic buildings in the town of Castroville, Texas. Please stay tuned for more. Coming up: the Landmark Inn and the Old Highway Filling Station.
Those of you who regularly read this blog know that I’m fascinated by the 18th and 19th century architecture located in and around San Antonio. My obsession continued when we recently travelled west from San Antonio to Castroville, Texas where we were able to see St. Louis Catholic Church (610 Madrid Street).
The first mass celebrated in this lovely limestone structure took place on August 25, 1870. To this day, August 25 holds special significance in Castroville, since it is also the Feast Day of St. Louis. (For more information about the annual St. Louis Day Festival, click here.)
St. Louis Catholic Church was actually the third Catholic church to be built in Castroville. The first St. Louis Church is still in existance, just down the street from the current building. The older church was built in 1849, and is quite small and simple in design compared to its successor. Can you imagine living in Castroville in the mid-1800′s and attending services at this tiny church? It’s almost hard to believe it’s real.
This is part one in a series I’ll be writing on historic buildings in the town of Castroville, Texas. Please stay tuned for more. Coming up: the Henri Castro homestead and monument, the Landmark Inn, and the Old Highway Filling Station.
Today, E. and I fired up the Garmin and drove to Castroville, TX, 20 miles west of San Antonio. I didn’t have much of a plan when we started out, except that I wanted to visit Haby’s Alsatian Bakery (207 US Hwy 90 W, Castroville, TX), which I had read about on Frommers.com.
Off we went! I hadn’t been on the real open road (at least not as the driver) since our 1,200 mile journey when we moved to Texas earlier this summer. Highway 90 goes right into town, so it was a very easy, direct drive.
I pulled over to type “habys” into the Garmin, only to get…no results. Shoot! I continued on 90 and then saw the giant sign for Haby’s Bakery. Woohoo! Nothing worse than being stuck with a toddler who has been promised treats…and isn’t getting any. At the bakery, E. picked out a pink smiley-face cookie, and she also picked out a baseball cookie for her Dad. (Nick was nice enough to split it with E. after work. E. had a good day in the sweets department.)
Back in the car, we continued a little further on 90 until we saw a very small park called September Square with a bench in the shade. Perfect! We enjoyed our goodies, read about Henri Castro (the town’s founder), took a few pictures, and were on our way.