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M.L. Hair and the Willie County (Texas) Democrat

Yesterday’s Willie County rabbit was a fun one to chase, so today we’re going to continue to chase it from the First Christian Church building in Taylor all the way up SH 95 through Granger and into Barlett, which straddles the Bell/Williamson County line. Bartlett was the home of the Willie County Democrat, a paper …

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There's a wreath on the door…

Despite the “open” sign, the Taylor Cafe wasn’t open yesterday morning. (Due to the recent death of pitmaster Vencil Mares, who first opened back in 1948: https://www.taylorprovidencefuneralhome.com/ob…/vencil-mares) We stopped by so I could take some photos yesterday on the way to Austin from Thorndale. If you’d like to see one of my other “right-place-at-the-right-time” photos from …

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Vencil Mares+ (1923-2019)

For seventy-one years Vencil Mares arrived early in the morning at the Taylor Cafe (the red building on the left) where he greeted his customers and watched the trains roll by. Today, his spot was empty. This morning, he passed away at the age of ninety-six. This Texas Monthly interview from February 2014 is fantastic:https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/pitmaster-interview-vencil-mares-of-taylor-cafe/