Before I left Brownwood, I discovered a railroad museum just down the block from the library.
I think I’ve said before, I’m the son and grandson of railroad men. My grandfather worked for Pullman Corp. which made sleeper cars, and my father worked for the Santa Fe RR. Railroads are in our blood.
It turns out that right down the block was an old passenger station that also had a Harvey House. Harvey Houses were restaurants attached to station for passengers to take a meal. These restaurants pre-dated dining cars. They were the first chain restaurant. Harvey Houses employed all women servers called Harvey Girls and there is a movie called “The Harvey Girls” staring Judy Garland made in 1946. My sister owns a recipe book of the fare served at the Harvey Houses.
This station no longer is in service and was altered into an events hall and the Harvey House now holds the Chamber Visitor Center. Upstairs is a small exhibit of the dorm room Harvey Girls lived in.
The museum across from the station is made up from a collection of a former Santa Fe welder. The Lehnis’ collection was then given to the city for a museum. They had a farm and the collection filled a barn and also included a Santa Fe Pullman Car along with a caboose sitting on the property.
I discovered the museum without my camera in tow, so my cell phone came out. I didn’t take many photos, unfortunately.
The collection was extensive. Uniforms and badges, a collection of dishes from many different railroads. Playing cards, a station clock, plus the local model railroading group set up layouts.
I was impressed that this man collected such a huge amount of railroading history. It was nice to see many of the things I remembered from my train trips with my family.
I’ve moved on to just east of Waco, Tx. Once again I have internet and am near an old fort site. Fort Parker SP has a really nice lake that I hope to canoe, if the weather holds for a few days.
You may have seen the rain from the national weather reports. I learned there were even tornados, one in the town to the north of the state park. The area east of Waco received an inch or more of rain.
Today we should have a warm and sunny day, but I think that may be the only day for the next few days. I’m discovering that Texas winters have grey overcast skies much of the time, much like the Midwest. I’m beginning to miss the sunny skies of Arizona and their warmer days. I’ll be back next winter.
Thanks for joining my tracks,