Nacogdoches, TX – 08/26/2017

There were several walk options in Nacogdoches, but we chose to do the South Loop which was part Lanana Creek Trail and part city streets.

Walk registration is at Java Jack’s

“The Country Doctor” sculpture at the Nacogdoches Memorial Health Center

George Louis Crocket, minister and historian (1861–1936). Statue in front of Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church circa 1930

We passed along thee edge of the Stephen F. Austin University campus.

We are now on the Lanana Creek Trail.

Goodman Bridge built in 1932, over the Angelina River on CR 789. In 2010, the Texas Department of Transportation deemed the bridge unsafe and it was moved here to Pecan Park to be a pedestrian bridge.

Creek the bridge now goes over.

View of the trail when its smooth.

View of the trail when its not so smooth.

Heron in Lanana Creek.

Waiting for me to catch up.

View of Lanana Creek.

Walking on a short section of boardwalk.

Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery is along the Lanana Creek Trail.

Tree in the middle of the trail.

Bridge over a dry creek.

Steps up a cliff.

Marker that tells the story of the “Holy Springs of Father Margil”

Trailhead marker

Trail ends with a marker about the Old San Antonio Road.

Back on city streets we pass a colorful mural on a retaining wall.

Gazebo in Eugenia Sterne Park

Nine flags over Nacogdoches also in Eugenia Sterne Park.

Information plaque about the park.  Property once belonged to Sam Houston.

Home of Adolphus Sterne – Alcalde at Nacogdoches under the Mexican Government, member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas.

Pretty house across the street from the Sterne House.

Vintage movie theater  which opened in 1951 has been converted into loft apartments.

“Running to the Fight” – A statue memorializes Texas soldiers of the Nacogdoches District who fought Mexico to gain Texas independence.

A three-story building constructed in 1923 to house the local Woodmen of the World chapter.

Interesting building, would like to know its history.

The former 1917 post office is now the Visitor’s Center.

An indoor mural adorning the Nacogdoches Visitor’s Center main hall: it depicts several historical events, figures and structures pertinent to the founding of the city of Nacogdoches, the “Oldest Town in Texas“.

“The Gateway” – A statue of an early pioneers family in front of the Visitor’s Center.

Central Fire Station #5

Roberts Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Back in the 1930s it was known as City Cafe. It was in this coffee shop where local legend says that Bonnie Parker (of “Bonnie and Clyde” fame) worked as a waitress before meeting Clyde Barrow and turning to a life of crime.

Old Coca Cola sign on the side of the Roberts Building.

The city hall of Nacogdoches, Texas is a 3-story brick building built in 1891 as the Liberty Hotel.

Town clock has been removed and now it is just a sign.

Poem by Karle Wilson Baker near the Visitor’s Center.

Nacogdoches County Courthouse is a modern 1958 building.

Nacogdoches County War Memorial

Part of the mural on the Johnson Furniture Store.

Marker tells us the courthouse is built over the Old Spanish Cemetery

Thomas Jefferson Rusk – Lawyer, businessman, soldier and statesman – (1803-1857)

Hand pump hiding in the flowers. The well was bricked over in 1924.

A gray granite 1936 Centennial marker at the site of James Dill’s home.

First United Methodist Church – Impressive red brick church building was erected in 1969.

The Hotel Fredonia was constructed in 1954-55. An impressive six-story, one hundred room hotel.

Jones House is a stately Victorian mansion which was completed in 1897.

Master architect Diedrich Rulfs seated in front of a lovely Victorian house he designed.

Originally called “American Cemetery,” the cemetery is filled with historical figures important both to Nacogdoches County and the State of Texas. Perhaps the most famous is Thomas Jefferson Rusk, judge, statesman and Sam Houston’s secretary of war.

Obelisk marks the grave of Thomas Rusk.

Zion Hill Baptist Church, which sits on the corner of Lanana and Bois d’arc streets, was built in 1914 by famed architect Diedrich Rulfs.

1915 Christian Church

Queen Anne, Stick/Eastlake Style home designed by architect Dietrich Rulfs.

Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School built in 1938 by the WPA.

Karle Wilson Baker – American poet and author. Professor at SFA University (1924-1934)

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