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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Cool, Texas

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Maybe not strange, but Peculiar…

Peculiar, MO

Just as there is a Normal in Illinois, there is a Peculiar in Missouri.  Yes, this is more than a strange name for a town, it is a Peculiar name.  On a trip to Kansas City in January 2011, I made my way to Peculiar.

Peculiar welcome sign

I love hitting places like this.  According to legend, Peculiar received its name when the first postmaster, Edgar Thomson, had his first choice, Excelsior, rejected because it already existed in Atchison County, MO. Apparently, a number of  other choices were also rejected. So, the annoyed Thomson wrote to the Postmaster General to complain saying, among other things, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of ‘peculiar’.” Thomson submitted the name “Peculiar” and the name was approved. The post officewas established on June 22, 1868.  Peculiar was later incorporated in 1953.

Peculiar Post Office

It is fun to drive around a town like Peculiar and notice all of the peculiar things.  Here are a few.

A Peculiar Police Car
A Peculiar Elementary School
A Peculiar Drive In
A Peculiar Church
And let’s not forget…A Peculiar Water Tower

Getting to Peculiar is actually quite easy if you are on the freeway heading to Kansas City from St. Louis.  Here is a map:

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Peculiar, Missouri

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