Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Travis Club - My First Adventure in Fiction


   I have always wondered if, while researching a piece of local history, I stumbled upon some long lost secret that was better left undiscovered.

   Such is the case for Taylor Nichols, a young San Antonio writer who unveils the truth about who is really buried in Davy Crockett's tomb. He learns that some mysteries are better left unsolved. 

   The Travis Club is available now in eBook form for a special introductory price for Kindle, Nook and iPad owners. 


          

The Ruins of the Metroplex - The Dallas Boneyard

   On April 26, 2013, for the first time ever, the city of Dallas allowed a tour of its Architectual Boneyard. Pieces of historically significant buildings that someone thought to save, rest in a city work yard just east of Fair Park. I was allowed to partake on the very first tour.

   It is the hope that some of these saved features may someday be used in Dallas city parks.


Cobb Stadium





   Once known as Dal-Hi Stadium, this Depression era structure lasted until 1985 when it was replaced by the Infomart at Stemmons Freeway and Oak Lawn. Trammel Crow saved these sculptures and donated them to the city

Remnants of the facade of Cobb Stadium, depicting various athletes



Titche's Department Store


The 28 foot cartouche sits on the upper right of the outer wall


   The 28 foot cartouche which depicted the Six Flags of Texas was featured on the 1955 addition of Titche's Department Store in downtown Dallas. Today the building faces the new Main Street Garden and has been renovated into apartments and the UNT Downtown Center. 
   The cartouche has been dismantled and packed away in the Boneyard.

The Titche Store cartouche, packed away

The portion that once depicted the Spanish Flag

The stonework of the French flag


Gold Ring Parking Garage


   Now the site of Main Street Garden, the Gold Ring Parking Garage once housed cars for the Statler Hotel and the Mercantile Building. Need a gold ring? The Boneyard has plenty of them.




Other Boneyard Finds


Remnants of buildings that once occupied Main Street Gardens



Pieces of the 1922 Dallas Architecture Club



Seats from the Cotton Bowl

Found on the Site of Belo Garden. Thought to have been dumped there during the construction of the Old Red Courthouse



A streetpost that some believe may have been hit by Lee Harvey Oswald's mysterious third bullet



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