On our way home from Thanksgiving we did lots of waymarking and a little letterboxing.
Hempstead Waymarking and Letterboxing
This tower provides a permanent home for the bell and clock which were functional adornments on the 1894 Waller County Texas Courthouse.
Waller County Centennial marker from 1936 on the courthouse lawn.
“Modern” 1955 Waller County Courthouse
Ahrenbeck-Urban Home – A plaque and medallion tells that its original owner was one of the city’s mayors during the Reconstruction Era.
A Sesquicentennial marker at the Union Army P.O.W. Cemetery Memorial Park near Hempstead, denoting the history of the now-defunct nearby cemetery for Union Army prisoners of war, most of whom were imprisoned at the nearby Camp Groce.
Nearby was a letterbox which we found in good condition. Thanks for the treasure hunt!
The Brenham High School gymnasium was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939-40.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1935-36) in Renaissance Revival architectural style.
Sam Houston in Indian War Paint flanked by the Texas Flag and the American Flag.
Washington County Courthouse in Brenham is a typical example of the WPA funded courthouses. It features Art Deco/Moderne style ornaments and was built in 1939-40.
Washington County Courthouse Gazebo was built in 1976 to celebrate America’s birthday.
Aluminum Eagles on the Courthouse.
Police Officer Memorial
Giddings Letterboxing and Waymarking
First United Methodist Church from 1957 has a metal bell tower that is topped with three crosses.
First Presbyterian Church, built in 1886, is the oldest Church building in Giddings still in use.
Beautiful Lee County Courthouse was built in 1899 of red brick and white limestone.
The courthouse clocks have in working order!
Lee County Centennial marker from 1936 on the courthouse lawn.
Veteran memorial on the lawn of the Lee County Courthouse.
The Lee County Heritage Center is located in circa 1879 Fletcher Home with is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Fountain in front of the First National Bank on East Austin street in Giddings.
WPA mural entitled “Cowboys Receiving the Mail,” was completed in 1939 and has hung in the WPA post office ever since.
WPA constructed Post Office is still in use.
Mural depicting 1920 train travel is on the wall of the restored Houston & Texas Central Railroad Freight Depot.
Gidding’s City Cemetery hold the grave of “Wild Bill” Longley, a gunfighter who claimed to have killed 32 men. He was hung in Giddings in 1878.
I did a letterbox for “Wild Bill” and hid it in the cemetery. It is not at his grave because there wasn’t a hiding place. But it is within walking distance.