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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Top 10 Kerr History Stories of 2019

Here are the top 10 stories of 2019, as measured by pageviews of the stories here on the blog:


"History at the corner of Kerrville's Main and Sidney Baker streets," published in November. Construction of a new bank building on that corner prompted me to write about the other buildings which have stood on that site.


"Found in a Garage: Hundreds of Historic Photographs," published in April. A member of the Meeker family found an old trunk filled with hundreds of negatives, most taken by pioneer photographer Starr Bryden.


"Passenger rail service between Kerrville and San Antonio, 1923," published in October. Few remember when trains traveled to Kerrville; fewer still when passenger service stopped here. The train's arrival here in 1887 was a real game changer for our community.


"Kerrville folks remember good places to eat," published in January.  Makes me hungry just reading about some of the restaurants.


"The Voelkel's triangle-shaped building in downtown Kerrville," published in March. The story of the building with the interesting shape at the corner of Water and Clay streets.  Its first use surprised even me.


"Kerrville's Tulahteka: Just a simple starter home," published in October.  The mansion on top of a hill just south of downtown Kerrville was once the home of Louis and Mae Schreiner, and their daughter, Mae Louise.  It must have been crowded for just three people.


"Kerrville's Louise Hays Park: Built in One Day," published in September. New photographs of the day the community came together to build a park were shared with me, and I shared them with you here.


"Ghost Stories of Kerr County," published near Halloween, of course.  Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you have to admit there are some strange stories told in late October.


"The Mystery of the Old Courthouse in Comfort," published in January.  Some say Kerr County's second courthouse is still standing -- just across the Kerr County line, in Kendall County.

And the most popular story for 2019:

"Florence Butt tells her story: 
the very first H-E-B," published in November. Florence Butt, who founded what is now the H. E. Butt Grocery Company, wrote a newspaper article about her memories in 1936 -- which I happened to stumble across while researching something else.

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Thanks for your encouragement and support in 2019.  I really appreciate it!  Until next year, all the best.

I have two books available, both filled with historic photographs of Kerr County.  Both books are available at Wolfmueller's BooksHerring Printing Company, and online by clicking HERE.

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