Austin Rodeo 2017

Recently (March 9) I celebrated two years of living in the Lone Star Republic. I’m ashamed to say that I was actually in South Carolina on that day … but not as ashamed as I am of having to admit that I lived here for over two years without going to a rodeo.

Tuesday night, the lovely Miss Pacey and I rectified that by heading out to Rodeo Austin for the evening. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and also managed to get a few photos of which I am proud. Now I’m better prepared for my next experience … which happens to be this Saturday, when we’ll be going to Houston to see the rodeo there. Hopefully, I’ll be able to shoot at a lower ISO setting too, since the action will happen mid-afternoon!

First United Methodist Church – Georgetown, Texas

There are two Methodist churches within spitting distance of each other in Georgetown. This reflects a division between Methodists that dates back some fifteen years before the War Between the States, and was not resolved until 1939. First Methodist, the church pictured above, was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the other church, St. John’s was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church (ie, the Yankees).

First Methodist, Georgetown actually traces its roots back to 1949, when the Annual Texas Conference of the the fledgling MECS organized the congregation at their meeting in La Grange. They did not have a home of their own for some time, however, until a small chapel was constructed on the campus of Southwestern Methodist University for their use in 1874. The cornerstone of the present congregation was laid on March 9, 1892. Construction was completed the following year, and the sanctuary was formally dedicated in October of 1896.

Hutto Evangelical Lutheran Church – Hutto, Texas

This congregation was established in 1892 by Swedish immigrants; for the two years prior to that, pastors from the community now known as Round Rock conducted services in the area. The current building, the third to serve the congregation, was completed in 1902. The Swedish language was used in services until 1940.

O Source of uncreated light,
The bearer of God’s gracious might,
Thrice holy fount, thrice holy fire,
Our hearts with heav’nly love inspire;
Your sacred, healing message bring
To sanctify us as we sing.
— “Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid” (v2)

Bosque County Courthouse – Meridian, Texas

The most outstanding thing (in my book) about this lovely 1886 building is that you can see it for several miles before you come into town from the south. It’s the third courthouse to serve the county, and the circumstances surrounding its construction are the most contentious of any courthouse I’ve encountered in Texas so far. It seems that the previous building was only about ten years old when some folks wanted to replace it. Deliberations got a bit heated, and when it came time to demolish the old building, an angry mob formed in downtown Meridian, and quite a few folks in attendance were packing pistols. The demolition commenced without any actual violence, but a couple of the anti-new-courthouse commissioners refused to have their name placed on the cornerstone.

I’m glad the pro-new-courthouse folks won out. I think this is a fine building- and because of the view, it’s one of my favorite Texas courthouses.

More Information
Bosque County Courthouse (Texas Escapes)

Old Bartlett School Building – Bartlett, Texas

This building, designed by A.O. Watson of Austin (also responsible for the DeWitt County Courthouse in Cuero), was completed in 1909 and served the community until 1988. All grades were housed in the building until 1917, when a new high school was built nearby. In 1990 it was saved from demolition by a community campaign. The Bartlett ISD still retains ownership of the building; it is leased by the Bartlett Activities Center. The Bartlett Area Museum is also housed in the building.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Bartlett, Texas

The history of this congregation begins in 1875 when Captain J. E. Pietzsch moved to the area from Brenham; at that point, the town of Bartlett did not yet exist. Initially, pastors from Taylor and Waco travelled to the area to lead services that met in his home. This arrangement continued for approximately two years until a small building that served as both a school and church was constructed.

In 1881, the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad (MKT, or Katy Line) surveyed the area for a new rail line, and Pietzsch and John Bartlett began the sale of lots in the town that would bear the name of the latter. In 1882, the rail line through town was completed, and the following year a pastor was called from the Texas Synod and the congregation was formally organized. The following year, the land on which the school and church building stood was deeded to the congregation by Bartlett for the sum of one dollar. In 1896, the congregation built a handsome white frame church building, and in 1932, the present building was dedicated.

In 1896, the congregation built a handsome white frame church building that served the congregation until 1931; the Texas Synod met in this building in 1897 and 1908. By 1928, the church’s active membership was double the seating capacity of the original building, and the decision was made to replace it; in 1931, the building was dismantled, and some of the lumber was used to build a private home near the church. In 1932, the present building was dedicated.

More Information:
History (St. John Web Site)