Posts by Carol McClelland


Favorite Texas Wildflower This Spring, The Pink Buttercup

No disrespect intended for the bluebonnet, but the pink buttercup is definitely my favorite wildflower this spring. Up until recently, pink buttercups blanketed wide areas on either side of 99 between 90 and Mason Road. Sadly, they were mowed down a couple of weeks ago. But, because of their resiliency, they seem to be making…

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Fort Bend County Courthouse History

I may have grown up in Harris County, but I’ve lived in Fort Bend County for more than 25 years. Harris County definitely has its share of history – the San Jacinto Monument, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (home of Ima Hogg), Battleship Texas, the historic homes in Sam Houston Park, and so on. Fort…

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Local Texas History – Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith

Nicknames can be interesting and tell you something about a person that you might not already know. For example, you’ve probably heard Abraham Lincoln referred to as ‘Honest Abe.’ That tells us something about his character. However, did you know that President Eisenhower’s nickname ‘Ike’ came from his family? He and his five brothers (there…

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A Letter to Virginia by Carol McClelland

Note: About 120 years ago, a little girl in New York City named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper called The Sun. In her letter, Virginia told the editor that some of her friends had told her that there was no Santa Claus. She ended her letter asking the question…

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Texas Historical Markers – Hodges Bend Cemetery

I find it interesting that we can say the name of a place day after day and not really give any thought to where the name originated. The name of the street that I live on is Winston Ranch Parkway. I’d never really thought about the name Winston, so I decided to look it up.…

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Texas Historical Markers – Booth, Texas

While out looking for the historical marker for Thompson’s Ferry in Richmond, my friend Steve and I saw a sign showing that we were nearing the town of Booth. I knew from previous research that there was an historical marker in Booth, so we switched gears and decided to head there and find the marker.…

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Morton Cemetery in Richmond, TX

Call me crazy, weird, strange, or whatever you choose, but I kind of like visiting historic cemeteries. My mom’s side of the family has a family cemetery in a small town east of Cleveland called Romayor. It’s not too far from the Trinity River. There aren’t too many graves in the cemetery, but my grandparents…

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Texas Historical Markers

I think that those of us who travel the roads of our great state fall into two camps – those who stop to read the historical markers and those who don’t. To be honest, I kind of fall in the middle somewhere. It just depends on where I’m going and how much time I have.…

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Update: Tom and Freeway!

Back in August, I wrote about my friend Tom Seerden and his dog, Freeway. Freeway was rescued on a rainy night in Livingston back in the spring. Connie Chastain said she saw something on the side of the road and felt like she needed to pull over and see what it was. Turns out it…

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