Staying Cool..in Texas

Welcome to Cool, TX

Just over 2 years ago I was making my way from Fort Worth to Mineral Wells High School.  Along the way I came across the VERY small (blink your eye small) town of Cool, Texas.  In fact, the town is only 1.6 square miles in size.

The only thing of significance in Cool is the Cool Cafe.

Cool Cafe: If We Ain’t Shut We’re Open

I had hoped to visit but they were “Shut”.  On a subsequent visit in April 2010 I made my way to Mineral Wells again and tried again.  One more time:

Cool Cafe Shut

I thought it would be a Cool place to eat, but I may never know.

The April trip did offer a very pleasant surprise…fields of Indian Paintbrush and Texas Bluebonnets.  That made the trip worth it.  Here’s a couple of pix.

Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Texas Bluebonnet

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Coolville – Now that’s an awesome name!

Coolville, OH

Back in May 2008, on a return trip to Canada for work at the Toyota Plant in Woodstock, Ontario, I took a trip up along the Ohio River, basically on the Ohio/WV border.  (see my entire trip report for some unusual other places here).  Along the way I came into the town of Coolville.  Pretty cool name!!

There is a Post Office in Coolville!

You Scooby Doo fans out there may remember the fictional place called Coolsville, OH in the cartoon series.  This is NOT that place.  Rather, Coolville is a small town of about 530 people clear in the southeastern part of the state.  It was named after Ashel Cooley, who was apparently a great grandson of Benjamin Cooley of Springfield, MA (see genealogy).  Ironically, this same Benjamin Cooley is an ancestor of my wife. Her grandmother was Genevieve Cooley.  These Cooleys would have been long lost cousins as they all descended from the Benjamin Cooley that migrated from Herefordshire, England to Springfield.  Eventually, some of them made their way west.  Asahel made his way to Ohio and settled Cooleyville, which later was changed to Coolville.

Coolville Mural on side of a building in Coolville

There is really not much more info on Coolville, but here is the map.


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I am certain this is Uncertain

Uncertain, Texas

Welcome to Uncertain, TX, a small village on the side of Caddo Lake in eastern Texas bordering Louisiana.  This is the home of the largest natural fresh water lake in Texas and is also home to a huge swamp…yes, gators and pelicans and swamp things, oh my…

The Uncertain General Store and Grill

Uncertain derives its name from surveyors who were attempting to delineate the border between Texas and Louisiana and discovered that they were “uncertain” as to which side of the line they were on as they began surveying that particular part of Caddo Lake.  I can imagine why this is.  The swamp always changes.

I got to Uncertain on a cool February morning in 2010.  Fisherman were readying their boats to head to the swamp…all bundled in warm clothes.  The village was quiet, only the sound of birds in the air.  So, I drove around, got a few photos and enjoyed the beauty of the swamp on a brisk, early morning…

The Church of Uncertain

After seeing the unlikely name of a church….A Church of Uncertain…I was hooked into this place.

Uncertain Inn … An Uncertain Place to Stay
Uncertain Department of Tourism

The swamp is quite serene and beautiful.  Here are three photos I took of the swamp.

Caddo Lake, TX near Uncertain, TX
Caddo Lake, TX near Uncertain, TX
Caddo Lake, TX near Uncertain, TX

On the way out of town, you can also stop at:

Uncertain Tavern — Not certain what you can get here


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