Small Towns: Gonzales, Texas


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We popped into Gonzales, Texas the afternoon before Mother’s Day to take a break from the heat and have a little diversion. Plus, we were on the prowl for ice cream, hoping to find a local ice cream store!

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The city was like many small Texas towns, slowly fading with many historic buildings that were empty or decaying. Sure there were quite a few businesses in the town center and we popped into a few of them, but it was a quiet little town.

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The most interesting shop that we would have explored more of if a: the stroller fit through the aisles and b: a toddler wasn’t in tow, would have been this insane antique/junk shop. There was everything imaginable in there! This was a hoarder’s paradise! Near the front of the store I saw a pile of stuff just waiting to be sorted and displayed (not sure that’s correct, there wasn’t much of a display, just things on shelves or racks) for people to rummage through. It was a neat place but I couldn’t go very far with the stroller and Forest wasn’t all that interested. Well, he was interested in knocking things off shelves!

I did find an old bathtub out front and texted a photo to my brother who has been wanting an old tub to put in his garden. He was excited to see that they had one but we’d already left by that time and I had no idea how much it cost.

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I found a little bit of time to do some street photography as we walked along. I really miss doing this kind of photography!

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Then we walked about a half a mile east to the Gonzales Memorial Museum to see the original ‘Come and Take It’ cannon! Turns out, the cannon is actually very small!

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The museum itself was fascinating and I would have loved to have studied the exhibits longer. All sorts of weird items!

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I really loved this cross stitch. An 111 year project!

There are several other small historic towns in this area, including Shiner, and if you are in the area for camping at Palmetto State Park it is worth checking out this little town and getting a dose of Texas history!

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