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

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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Coolville, OH

Only place named Only

Only, Tennessee

On a trip to Texas, which included my daunting 18 hour back roads drive from Lexington via Bugtussle, KY thru Bugtussle, TX to Keller, TX (the only documented such trip that I am aware of!! see it here), I found a little village in Tennessee named Only.  It is just a few miles from Bucksnort, TN.  There is not much there, but what I did find was classic!!

The one and only Only Baptist Church

Driving into only I found a couple of houses, a huge old barn and the only Only Baptist Church around, that I am aware of.

This way to the Only Baptist Church

There is very little information about Only.  Nothing on the internet that I can find.  But, it is a really small place in the middle of Hickman County, Tennessee.

The Only Rd. to Only, TN


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Only, Tennessee