Thursday, January 26, 2012

Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum

The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum located close to the Valley International Airport in Harlingen is well worth the stop.  The historical displays are excellent and the day we were there the traveling exhibit "Blending the Old and the New Quilts" by Paul D Pilgrim was on display.  All this at no charge....

As you enter the museum there a nice display showing the highlights of Lon C Hill's contributions to Harlingen.  It had been named "Rattlesnake Junction" and "6-Shooter Junction", but Hill named it "Harlingen" in honor of his friend and railroad builder Uriah Lott, was from Harlingen, Holland.

Lon C Hill was a larger than life figure...he was a lawyer, store keeper, hotel owner, farmer, sugar mill owner, developer, builder, brick kiln owner, canal builder, statesman, pioneer and visionary. He began his home construction in 1904.  Here Hill raised 8 children after the deaths of his wife Eustacia and a son of typhoid fever. The home was moved to the museum complex in 1989.

In 1923 Ida Gilbert and Marie Yeager(a nurse from Chicago) opened the first hospital in Harlingen. It included 7 patient rooms, a surgery room, reception and storage rooms. The building was moved to the museum complex in 1978.

The Paso Real Stagecoach Inn was built in the 1850's on the north bank of the Arroyo Colorado near Rio Hondo. It served as the way station for the stagecoach from Alice to Brownsville. Rooms were 35-50 cents a night. Meals consisted of jerked beef, beans, tortillas & milk. The Inn served as a receiving point for mail for Harlingen until 1904, when the arrival of the railroad made the station obsolete. In 1976 students from TSTC constructed this replica of the Inn in the courtyard of the museum, using salvaged wood from the original Inn.Posted by Picasa

Original Iwo Jima Memorial Statue

Memorial is located  at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, TX.
The memorial was given to the Academy in 1981 by Felix de Weldon.  It is the original working model prepared by him for the casting of the bronze in Washington DC. There were factors involved in this site being selected by deWeldon..the fairly constant temperature and humidity are ideal for the preservation of the molded plaster figures.  The figures are repainted every 5 years.
Memorial is a depiction of the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the Marines raising the flag on  Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima.

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Robert Burns Birthday Celebration in Llano Grande

Bagpiper, haggis, and people dressed in kilts and caps join the celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns' Birthday.

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Mariachi Band at Llano Grande

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Tila Bead Wave Bracelet

This bracelet is Jan's newest made with Miyuki Tila Beads plus size 11 seed beads in bronze and gold with a size 8 gold accent beads.  The design came from "Tila Beads" by Alice Korach.  The bracelet is on the way to my friend, Peggy in AZ. .....Peg, have fun wearing it! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Welaco,TX eatery and Canadian $100.00

Met RVing friends Butch and Barb Brooker at the El Dorado for dinner. The "El Dorado" is one of the Brookers' favorite Mexican restaurants in the RGV and we can see why...the meal was great and it was wonderful  catching up with old friends.  Barb is one of Jan's beading buddies from Thunder Bay Resort in Michigan and both Butch and Barb workcamped there with us. Sorry Barb and Butch, we will get a photo of you next time.
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Original Willies Barbeque, Alamo, TX

We had a great meal at Willi B's, as this Alamo, TX BBQ joint is called by the Winter Texans. As you can see by the photos we didn't leave hungry.

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Berta Gonzales Hamburgers, Donna, TX

This is a "Winter Texan" favorite in Donna, TX, know for it's giant hamburgs and onion rings!!!

The burgers are 3/4 of a lb.  When we got our order decided we would half one and take the rest home.

The restaurant has been in business since the 1940's. The building has no sign, so folk call the it "No Name Burgers". The decor is not fancy, but the hamburgers and onion rings were great. Understand that they stay open until they run out of meat, which is ground fresh daily.Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Weslaco, TX Thursday Night Street Party

Once a month the city of Weslaco, TX has a street party for the Winter Texans that come to the Rio Grand Valley for the winter months.

Good food including BBQ and homemade ice cream topped off with great music makes the event a must do in the RGV....just bring a chair!!!


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