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Texas Oil Museum, Tyler Rose Parade

October 21, 2015 Leave a comment

If you don’t like museums, you definitely should visit the East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore, TX.  There isn’t much to read, instead you walk into history with some excellent exhibits and animated displays… including an elevator “ride” some 5,000 feet into the ground to view oil deposits on site.

The discovery of oil in the 1930’s had a major impact on this area in particular, and on the country in general.  Our Traveling Supremes RV group had a rally in the area, and this certainly was a highlight.   Very much recommended.

The next day we viewed the Tyler Rose Festival Parade.  Tyler distributes about 75% of the roses in the United States, and has a major economic impact on the area.  There were many marching bands, beautiful girls, automobiles, beautiful girls, colorful roses, beautiful girls… well, you get the idea.  After the parade we visited the Tyler Rose Gardens and viewed the very elaborate center piece exhibits for the festivities.

Lik walking in the 1930's Kilgore

Lik walking in the 1930’s Kilgore

Various drill bits on display

Various drill bits on display

Inside a work shop with animated "worker"

Inside a work shop with animated “worker”

Inside a General Store

Inside a General Store

The local Rangerettes had a huge influence on cheerleaders everywhere

The local Rangerettes had a huge influence on cheerleaders everywhere

Prominent display of the Flag

Prominent display of the Flag

Very colorful dresses

Very colorful dresses

More colorful displays

More royalty on display

Colorful floats, too

Colorful floats, too

Hail he Queen!

Hail he Queen!

A very elaborate centerpiece for the festivities

A very elaborate centerpiece for the festivities

An overview of the Tyler Rose Garden

An overview of the Tyler Rose Garden

A Tyler rose

A Tyler rose

Painted churches, Texas

October 3, 2010 1 comment

We joined the Traveling Supremes on a rolling rally starting in Schulenburg, TX.  This area has a strong German and Czech heritage.  Within a short driving trip you can find 6 churches dating back to the 1800’s, all with excellent craftmanship and especially colors, hence “painted churches”.  Here are a few highlights.

A dramatic view of one of the steeples

One of the many stained glass windows

Elaborate ceiling decorations

A totally different "look" at the front of the church

Each church has their own distinct style