When returning from a trip to Arizona in May 2011, we came back through NM, visited Roswell and then, from all the UFO stuff in Roswell, we found ourselves arriving in Earth, TX.
According to a Wikipedia article, “Earth was established by William E. Halsell, who laid out the townsite in 1924. Originally Halsell named the town Fairlawn, but in 1925 it was renamed Earth when it was learned that there was already a town in Texas by the name of Fairlawn.In order to find a new name the townspeople sent in suggestions, and the agreed-upon best name was chosen. The name Earth was submitted by Ora Hume (O.H.) Reeves, who became the owner of the town hotel. Mr. Reeves’ son-in-law, Frank Wesley Hyatt, was the first postmaster in Earth.
In October 2008 I took a two day road trip with my wife. We went to Indiana and then came back via some back roads along the river. Along the way we arrived at the scenic and unique riverside village called Rabbit Hash.
According to the Rabbit Hash website: “The town’s name, “Rabbit Hash” is said to have originated during the flood of 1847 when the abundant local rabbit population was driven to higher ground and became a food staple in a special stew called “hash.” Little documented history of Rabbit Hash actually survives, primarily because devastating Ohio River floods in 1884, 1913 and 1937 deluged the little town and ruined many records.”
Rabbit Hash is basically a small hamlet built around an old general store and fun concepts, such as a dog for Mayor. Lucy Lou is the second dog mayor, following the great lead of Junior Cochran.
The Rabbit Hash General Store has been around since before the 1930s. In 1937 it was completely submerged by a flood but has still remained standing. A walk through the store brings one back to those times with many unique items.
One can get all sorts of Rabbit Hash souvenirs, if interested. Fun Fun Fun.
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.
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:
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.