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Historical Texas Locations Celebrated in Texan’s Instagram Photos

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While only using an iPhone 6S, Trace Chitwood curates one of the most interesting Instagram accounts in the state of Texas. It’s called historic_texas, and it features beautiful photos of historical landmarks and impressive architecture throughout the Lone Star State.

With each post, Chitwood includes information to educate the viewer on the places of interest. Once you start scrolling through the account, you notice how varied and captivating Texas architecture can be. It’s clear that every building has hundreds of stories to tell. Thankfully, Chitwood is introducing us to these historical structures and their tales on picture at a time.

Pendleton, Texas. (Bell County). Pendleton is on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and Farm Road 1237, six miles northwest of Temple in northern Bell County. A community known as Pendletonville, a quarter mile south of the site of present Pendleton, grew up around the railroad station in the early 1880s and was named for George C. Pendleton, a local merchant and politician and a future lieutenant governor of Texas. Between 1884 and 1890 the town grew from forty inhabitants to 150, and by 1914 it had an estimated population of 400, a post office, Baptist, First Christian, and Methodist churches, three cotton gins, a bank, and three general stores. The Pendletonville school was the second largest district school in the county in 1903, when it served 151 pupils. The community changed its name to Pendleton in 1908. A slow decline began in the 1920s. The population ranged between 200 and 260 through the 1930s. The 1940s brought a further drop in population; in 1949 the community had eighty people, two churches, a school, and three businesses. In 1988 Pendleton had a population of sixty and one business. Through 2000 the population was still sixty. (tshaonline.org)

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The Harrison-Dennis House. Wharton, Texas.

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Each building brings about new questions. You can’t help but wonder what was discussed out on these amazing porches while people tried to stay cool on hot summer days.

The Oxford House. Erath County native, attorney, judge, and civic leader W. J. Oxford (1861-1943) bought this property in 1879 (563 N. Graham, Stephenville, TX).In 1898-99 he had this house built with a $3,000 legal fee he earned in a major lawsuit. The Oxford House is an outstanding dramatic example of the late Queen Anne style and represents the only structure of its kind in Stephenville. It features a cypress wraparound porch, second level balcony, ornately detailed woodwork, character-defining cupola, and a copper eagle weather vane. After the 1920s the house was used as a boardinghouse, a bank, and as a private residence. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1994 Threatened with destruction because of development, the historical Oxford House was donated to the Stephenville Historic House museum. With the generous support of the community, funds were raised to move the entire house, in 11 pieces, to the museum grounds. The roof has been replaced, and the next major step will be exterior repairs and painting. Efforts to save the Oxford House would not have been possible without the generosity of donors, but before the house can be fully restored and opened to the public, additional funds are needed–please consider making a donation! Go online and donate please!!!! #deserve2preserve #savethisoldhouse #preservation #Archi_ologie #HistoricPreservation #oldhouse #oldhouselove #erathcounty #stephenvilleTx #StephenvilleTexas #ig_tx #texas #texashomes

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@historic_texas takes you to places you’d never thought you would find yourself!

Some places look rather familiar. Remember our story on the art gallery with the confusing vintage sign?

Did you know there was literally a round rock that Round Rock, Texas was named for?

The Kay Theatre In 1947, E. L. Bryan and the Foy Arrington Family bought a surplus Quonset hut, one of thousands of the all-purpose metal buildings made during World War II. The Hut was moved to Rockdale to become the core of the second movie theater in town. Local carpenter Jack Kyle, Sr. directed several Rockdale High School students to build the sloping style Kay Theater, named for the Arringtons' daughter, Katherind. A half-cylinder of corrugated steel sheets forms the walls and roof. The entry includes a stepped plaster wall outlined in neon, an entry drum of plaster and glass blocks, paired double doors, a central sign an dlarge letters spelling K – A – Y on each side of the rotunda. The owners, Mr. And Mrs. Foy Arrington, said the quonset hut architecture "lends itself naturally to excellent acoustics and a pleasing interior appearance." Construction of the Kay Theater was completed in Time for a Thanksgiving 1947 opening. At a dedication ceremony the next night, Postmaster Clyde Franklin was Master of Ceremonies and Mayor J. B. Newton introduced "rolling Home," starring Russell Hayden, Jean Parker and Raymond Hatton. Large box fans made the Theater one of few air conditioned locations in town. Mr Arrington manned the ticket booth and was the projectionist, and his wife managed the concessions. As with similar facilites at the time, African American patrons walked upstairs to separate balcone seating. The Kay Theater closed in 1962 and was vacant for many years before restoration began in 2004 through the Kay Theater Foundation. Today, the last remaining theater in Milam County recalls a time when going to the movies was a cultural event and central to the social life of many young people. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2013

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This account will make you want to travel all over Texas!

Be sure to follow @historic_Texas on Instagram for future updates on Texas’s past.