Day 9 and the final leg of our perimeter tour around Texas found us in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle in Lipscomb County. Towns in the county include Booker, Darrouzett, Follett, and Lipscomb. I actually went to school in Follett in the late 70’s and early 80’s, so I was very familiar with the area. Made up of mostly farmers and ranchers, the people here are just plain good people.
When we were on the west side of the panhandle, we crossed old Route 66 in Vega. We crossed it again in Shamrock. Enjoyed a great lunch at Hasty’s and stopped to take photos of the Visitor Information Center. The center even had Tesla charging stations in the back, a big contrast to the historic site.
Once we reached Childress at the bottom east corner of the panhandle, we headed east again.
Snapped a pic of this mural in Chillicothe, a town of around 1,000 people.
We reached one of the larger cities on our tour around the Lone Star State when we arrived in Wichita Falls, which has a population of just over 100,000. We had to make a stop at one of the legendary buildings in town – the World’s Littlest Skyscraper.
Boots, baseball gloves, and classic cars identify the community of Nocona.
As were one town away from wrapping up our tour when we came through Saint Jo. We saw this great cowboy mural of hands and rope on the side of a building and had to stop so we could share it with you.
In the words of the song made famous more recently by the great Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, “I saw miles and miles of Texas all the stars up in the sky. I saw miles and miles of Texas gonna live here till I die.”
I’ve worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years and I’ve been known to wander all my life. I’ve lived in more than 20 cities and towns and had the opportunity to experience a variety of people and places, introducing me to different cultures and allowing me to make friends along the way. I also majored in English in college. I don’t claim to be an excellent writer, proofreader, or grammar queen. I’m an amateur photographer and enjoy sharing the beauty of places I visit and and where I live.
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