Forewarning at Floyd County Jail – An Update

  UPDATE This building has now been destroyed. The Floyd County Commissioners voted to tear down this historic jail due to it being too costly to repair and maintain. Just like that –  this 1925 landmark is turned to dust and rubble, not even a place to reflect on history and no place for the…

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The Palm Room – A Former Island Paradise in Lubbock County, Texas

Imagine an island paradise in Lubbock County. A place where you were greeted by a seven-foot tall Tiki statue upon arrival then as you entered the building, bamboo walls, coconuts, paper lanterns, palm trees and a lava waterfall became your eye candy. A glassed in rainforest section held a banana tree, parakeets, and cockatoos. At…

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Cross in the Window

Stopped at the Lonely Plains Church, aka as the Taiban Church in New Mexico to show a friend the church on a recent trip to the enchanted state. When I always stop here I observe any changes the building has suffered. It’s amazing the church is still standing given the continued high winds of the…

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How Mortality Records Can Provide a Historical Picture of a German Community

Imagine just this moment in time you’re dying of consumption in the High Plains of Texas. It’s August 1906, when the air is at its height of being hot, dry and stale. There might be an occasional breeze, but it does nothing to cool you. You’re coughing up blood mixed with phlegm because your lungs…

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