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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: WICHITA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OKLAHOMA

Located in the southwestern part of Oklahoma, near Lawton, is the  Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.  The 59,020-acres are  home to elk, deer, buffalo and other wild life.  It is also a popular area for hiking, rock climbing, camping and other outdoor activities. This area was established in 1901 when President McKinley proclaimed a portion […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: FESTIVAL OF TEXAS FIDDLING – TWIN SISTERS DANCE HALL

  I was tempted to start this blog entry with……If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band…..but dang that would be corny – so I will not.  On Saturday, December 6th the first, of hopefully many, Festival of Texas Fiddling took place at the Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: CRIDERS RODEO AND DANCE HALL

What  better represents Texas than combining a Rodeo and Dancing?  Since 1925 that is exactly what the Crider family has done – providing entertainment for several generation.  Dang – horses, bulls, cowboys, pretty “Texas Girls”, music, and dancing – have we died and gone to heaven? The Crider family came to America in the early […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: TEXAS DANCE HALL: FLOORE’S COUNTRY STORE

In 1858 George Marnoch, a Scottish immigrant, purchased the land that would later become the site of Helotes, Texas.  His home served as both a stop for the stagecoach and a post office for local cowboys driving cattle from Bandera to auction in San Antonio.  In 1880, Arnold Gugger bought a portion of the land […]

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