Central Texas - Day One

Leaving Dallas

View of skyline from my dash

 

We left Dallas around 11 AM and headed south on I-45.  Matt was the only particpant on the trip after everyone else backed out for various reasons.  We exited Business 45 and drove thru Palmer and then Ennis, stopping at a local shop where Matt got some donuts. 

After passing an education billboard on the interstate, we stopped in Corsicana at official home of the fruitcake, the Collin Street Bakery (http://www.collinstreet.com).  I got a fruitcake and a few other baked goods that, unlike fruitcake, are meant to be eaten.  Across the street was the original synagogue for Corsicana.

 We headed out of town on SH 31, stopping in Dawson trying to find a place for lunch (no restaurants in town but they have a church and a guy on a bicycle) and then Hubbard where we found the Country Kitchen.  I got the "Double Double" and if I even go to Hubbard I might go back there -- but otherwise don't go out of your way to get a Double Double. 

Palmer, TX

Downtown

Galaxy Drive In outside of Ennis

Downtown Ennis

Local Store

Corsicana

Collin Street Bakery

Shelly at the Bakery

Beth-El

Dawson Church

Country Kitchen

Double Double

the Country Kitchen kitchen

dr pepper museum

the founder of dr pepper

 

http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/

We took 31 into Waco to stop at the Dr Pepper Museum and then headed down Highway 6 out of town.  We stopped in Calvert.  It is the antique capital of Texas, has the oldest working elevator west of the Mississipi, and according to our "tour guide", is still segregated -- blacks don't cross the railroad tracks in Calvert. 

Further down south on 6 is Hearne -- home of the last Aunt Jemima -- but we were unable to find her gravesite after a short search.  Taking 190 west to FM 50 we went to Mumfield to see a store the guidebook said was older than 7-11.  Unfortunatly, the town was all boarded up.  After driving thru Bryan - College Station and stoping at the Dixie Chicken, we went to Dime Box via SH 21.  Dime Box is where FDR launched the March of Dimes program.  From Dime Box we took FM 141 to Burton, home of a really old cotton gin, and then Round Top for dinner on SH 327. 

I ended up ordering a $32 steak at a town that probably had less than 32 residents.  AAA and Zagat both gave it good reviews and they were right -- it was a good $32 steak.  The Sinnamon rolls and pies were good too but if you ever go there make sure to bring cash. 

http://www.royersroundtopcafe.com/

After a drive thru LaGrange and a stop at the State Of Texas Bar, we took 71 to the junction at I-10 and parked for the night at the Holiday Inn Express.

roofcam

wheelcam

calvert

calvert antique shop

mumfield, tx

downtown mumfield

blog update at mcdonalds

Dixie Chicken

the Dime Box

the burton cotton gin and museum

royers cafe

half eaten $32 steak

lagrange courthouse

state of texas bar