Central Texas - Day Three

rain in austin

a hill country hill

Leaving the Extended Stay of America in Round Rock, we hit rain in Austin.  But the heavy rain soon cleared and I headed north up US 183 thru Cedar Park turning onto SH 138 and then north on SH 195 to Kileen.  Kileen is the home of Fort Hood and it was a chance to pay respects to the victims of the Luby's massacre:

1991 October 16th. US, Texas, Kileen: a gunman dove his truck through the front of a Luby's restaurant and started a shooting rampage; 24 people were killed.

The location closed a few years ago -- it is now a Chinese Buffet but the building still looks like a Luby's.  Heading west on US 190 I found a store in Copperas Cove that had the new "advanced internet".  I'm not sure what the advanced internet is (especially since it seemed to be a payday loan shop) so if you have heard about this new advanced internet please let me know.  Lunch in Lampasas was at an Italian restaurant on the square.  Heading north on US 281 took us to the town on Hamilton.  First we visited the Hamilton County Jail Historical Museum.  Two mature people in their 80s (or possibly 90s) were running the museum and were very happy to see visitors... especially since, according to their guestbook, they had not had a visitor in over 5 weeks.  We saw historic artifacts and then got to see the real jail cells that were in use until just a few years ago (someone hung themselves in a jail cell once). 

Across the square was the Wenzel Lonestart Meat Company... home of Pork Butt  Fridays.  I got some Bison Beef Jerkey (haven't tried it as of now) and continued on north on 281.  We stopped at the Hidden Valley Country Store where I got some hand dipped chocolates and they had so many furnishings for a country home that I decided one day I'm going to buy a house in the country just so I can furnish it like a red neck. 



After looking for Billy the Kid in Hico (he wasnt there), we took SH 6 west to Dublin, home of the oldest Dr Pepper Bottling plant still in operation* (it only operates on Wednesady's when they feel like it and they only fill antique bottles -- the Dublin Dr Pepper you can find is actually made in Temple and then shipped back to Dublin).  The owner has a large collection of memrobilia and I had a homemade Dr Pepper with the Dublin syrup (its all Imperial Cane Sugar no corn syrup and to thank you for checking out this website the first 10 people who email roadtrip@drivinbrad.com will receive a free can of Dublin Dr Pepper (retail value 33 cents from the Stephenville Wal-Mart). 



Taking 377 north thru Stephenville and then onto US 281 North, I got fed up with driving and decided to get back on the interstate and took I-20 back to Dallas. 

kileen lubys

kileen lubys

fort hood

texas advanced internet

lampasas courthouse

lampasas square

hamilton museum

hamilton museum

and more museum

mug shot

jail cell

and more museum

hamilton courthouse

the meat market

downtown hico


docs soda shop

docs again

dr pepper plant

inspection station

dublin dr pepper

bottle washer




we accidently came upon the world's largest rocking chair on us 281 just south of I-20 in lipan. 

This was originally planned for a different road trip but since we drove right past it i stopped and got a photo.