03/08/2020 – #39 Burleson County Courthouse, Caldwell, Texas

The forecast for today was sunny and 70 degrees. I did not get to take any courthouse pictures during February, and figured today was a good day to get back in the swing of things. Looked at my map and Caldwell did not have a circle around it. I have a map with all the county seats highlighted in “pink” and as I travel there and get pictures of the courthouse I put a circle around it. Caldwell is about 100 miles from Coldspring, so it was my destination for today.

When I started this project I wanted to ride as many of my bikes and have them as part of the tour pictured in front of the courthouses. That has worked out pretty well, but I have two bikes that have not had their time in the spotlight. One is a 1978 Honda CB750F Super Sport and the other is a 2013 H-D Heritage Softail. The ol’ Honda has a very cold-naturevery and is temperamental, so I opted for the Heritage. 103 cubic inches of smooth V-twin power. I sound like a dang commercial – so on with the ride.


That is a great looking bike, if I do say so myself !

Getting to Caldwell is pretty uneventful. I have a couple of ways to go and both are just riding through the countryside. I chose Coldspring to Point Blank to Huntsville to Bryan to Caldwell, and came back in the reverse order.

I’ve been through Caldwell many times, but had never been to the town center which sets back from the major highways – Texas 21 and Texas 36. It’s pretty nice and has that small town feeling when standing in front of the courthouse on the town square. The courthouse is representative of the courthouses being built in the early 1920s, and with all the leaves off the trees, I could get a pretty good view of the building itself. Here it is.

Burleson County Courthouse

Burleson County Courthouse, Caldwell, Texas

I was standing in front of the courthouse looking up and thought this was a nice shot.

Burleson County Courthouse 2

And here is some history about the county. Appears this courthouse was #4.

Burleson History

So, maybe we’ll have some more nice weekend weather and I can add more courthouses to my blog, and more circles on my map. Might even get the old Hondas out more just to show them off.

Later, Bud…


01/05/29 – # 37 Sabine County Courthouse, Hemphill, Texas and #38 San Augustine County Courthouse, San Augustine, Texas

Hope you all had a very safe and Happy New Year. I did, but with it coming in the middle of the week seems that nothing got done. Okay, so I should be well rested and ready for a good 2020 start on my Courthouse Tour. Today looked like the perfect day to do that, 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I checked my map (I like using paper maps) and Hemphill, Texas would be my destination. San Augustine is just up the road and if time permits I’ll ride on over there.

I rolled the Big Bike (H-D Ultra) out of the garage, did a pre-flight on it, and we were ready to go. Rode over to Point Blank and had a breakfast taco at the Bullet Grill House. If you’ve never been there I suggest you put it on your places to go for good food, cold beer, good service, and fair prices. From there I got on US-190 for 80 miles, going through Livingston, Woodville, and Jasper. In Jasper turned left onto US-96 to FM-83 to beautiful downtown Hemphill. It’s a cool looking small town with the Sabine County Courthouse setting right in the middle of the town square.

Sabine Courthouse

Sabine County Courthouse, Hemphill, Texas

I love it when the county has posted a marque that actually explains the history of their fine courthouse.

Sabine History

Okay, it says, “Hemphill” but read the middle paragraph.

So, it’s three o’clock and it’s still warm, and the San Augustine County Courthouse is only 25 miles away. Got there as they were taking down the Christmas decorations, but the workers stayed out of my pictures. San Augustine is another nice older Texas town. A bit rustic, but I like it that way.

San Augustine Courthouse

San Augustine County Courthouse, San Augustine, Texas

Now the sun was starting a fast-path to setting, so I had to park the bike a little off-center to the entrance. As it turned out I was right in front of the courthouse historical marker.

Here’s what it had to say.

San Augustine History

As I mentioned, the sun was now becoming a riding obstacle being so low in the western sky, and it was also loosing it’s warming affects. Time to head for the house.

I don’t like to take the same way home when I travel. Going back I cut over to Lufkin, then straight down US-59 to Livingston. From there the back roads to Coldspring. Not a bad 297 miles and two very cool ol’ Texas Courthouses.

Hope to get some more pictures soon – Only 216 left.

Later, Bud…

12/29/19 # 36 – Brazos County Courthouse Bryan, Texas

I wanted to get one more courthouse picture before the end of the year, and today was the last Sunday to get that done. Looked at my map and Bryan was the most logical destination for a Sunday ride. I travel through (or around) Bryan often when going between Coldspring and Temple, but never go downtown where the courthouse is located. Thinking back I could not remember ever seeing the courthouse. I was in for a bit of a disappointment.

The ride to Bryan can be just about as boring as any route I’ve ridden. Make two right turns, two left turns and the road goes through Huntsville to Bryan. All of 95 miles. Well, I am familiar enough with the area to know there is a couple of other ways to get to Bryan. It’s a bit farther, but it’s Sunday, the sun is shinning and it’s not too cold (hovering right around 60 F all day). The part that was not fun was the wind, and if you’ve followed any of my travel reports, you know I don’t like fighting the wind. So, the flags I saw along the way were all starched standing straight out from the wind coming straight out of the north. Decided to ride the KLR. The ol’ Girl has not been on a picture ride for quite some time. Taking the KLR turned out to be a good decision when I came upon the “road closed” signs on the OSR.

The route I chose was to go to Huntsville and take FM 247 to Midway. From Midway take OSR (Old San Antonio Road) to Normangee, then Texas 39 to North Zulch, turn right on Texas 21 to Bryan, go downtown on William J Bryan St. and the courthouse is on your left. But for the life of me I could not find the courthouse. Rode right past it twice. First, it does not look like a TEXAS Courthouse. It looks like a modern office building. Secondly, the front is on the opposite side from WJ Bryan Street. So, I get the bike in position, get the camera out, click, one a little closer click. Now to find the marque; found nothing about the courthouse, mostly stuff about William Bryan and his contributions finding Texas A&M. This was the only marque I wanted to take a picture of, an NoClick, the camera battery was dead.

Over all it was a nice adventure, and a good way to spend a Sunday.

Here’s the only picture I got.

Brazos County Courthousse

Brazos County Courthouse, Bryan, Texas

Hope ya’ll have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. More picture to come in 2020.

Later, Bud…

10/31/19 #34 and #35 – Presidio & Brewster County Courthouses

I am late making this post. I think I have good reasons for my lack of timeliness, you might not agree, but I’ve been busy.  I took these pictures while making my annual trek to The Big Bend of Texas. I love this part of the World. This part of Texas is what those folks in NYC think all of Texas looks like. Let’s don’t tell ’em different. Here’s what took place.

October 23rd I picked up my toy hauler from the storage lot in Coldspring, brought it to the house and proceeded to load up for 8 days in the desert; Terlingua, Big Bend National Park, and The CASI Chili Cookoff.  CASI is the Chili Appreciation Society International. Here’s the link if you would like more information.  I always take a motorcycle to ride, and this year I took my KLR Sidecar rig.

October 25th all is loaded and off I go to west Texas and the Big Bend. Arrived at our campsite at Rancho CASI de los Chisos on Saturday at noon, after spending the night in Ft. Stockton. Got set up, but had trouble unloading the sidecar. The ramp tailgate was at such a high angle when I started backing the rig down, the weight of the sidecar caused the rig to pull hard to the right, and I was stuck crooked partway down. Thankfully, Ralph was there to help me realign the rig and get safely on the ground – shinny side up.

My intention while in the area was to take pictures of both the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, and the Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine. Keep in mind that things out here are not close together. From our camp to Marfa is 130 miles, and from camp to Alpine is about 100 miles. From Marfa to Alpine is only 30 miles, so for picture day I would plan a loop ride from camp to Presidio via the River Road, RM 170, from Presidio to Marfa taking US Hwy 67, Marfa to Alpine on US Hwy 90, and Alpine to camp on Texas Hwy 118 to Study Butte and RM 170 to camp. This is all paved, very scenic, and good sidecar riding.

Jump ahead to October 28th, Monday. Me and the folks in camp went into Terlingua for dinner at the Starlight. Monday is half-price hamburgers and the burgers are excellent. After dinner we stopped to visit some friends that have a place in the Ghost Town. They are all from Huntsville (Texas that is). Setting around their campfire the discussion turned to courthouse pictures. I invited Johnny and Robert to ride with me to Marfa and Alpine, and we decided to meet on Wednesday morning, October 31st  for the 230 mile (+/-) ride.

October 31st is a very special day for me. Ten years ago today I had a heart attack, got restarted a couple of time and now can laugh that this date is my new birthday.

Johnny and Robert showed up at our camp at exactly 8:00 AM. They were riding Honda 250s that Robert had set up very well. Pretty impressive compared to the 250s I grew up with. You can ride all day at 70 MPH, not be exhausted at the end of the day, and get 60 MPG. They let me lead and set the pace; 55 or 60 is a comfortable speed with a sidecar. The River Road keeps your speed about 10 MPH less.

Got to Marfa and I did not remember so many trees in front of the courthouse. But behind the trees is one of the finest looking Texas courthouses you’ll see. Getting a picture of it; however, was a bit of a challenge.

Presido Courthouse 1

Presidio County Courthouse, Marfa, Texas

That’s Robert and Johnny posing with my sidecar rig in front of the courthouse. Sometimes it is nice to have company on these courthouse adventures.

Presido Courthouse 2

This picture was taken by Robert; it really shows the beauty of this old Texas courthouse. Thanks for sharing Robert.

Here’s the history of the Presidio County seat for justice.

Presido County History

Now on to Alpine and the Brewster County Courthouse.

I have been pretty much all over the city of Alpine in past years, but did not remember seeing the courthouse. Probably because it is so well hidden by all the trees around it. I made a comment (jokingly), “that the only trees in Brewster County were all right there around the courthouse.” See for yourself.

Brester Courthouse 1

Brewster County Courthouse, Alpine, Texas

This is a better picture of Johnny and Robert than the courthouse. lol

Here’s the history of the courthouse.

Brester History

To take this picture I had to stand in the bushes and lean in for a close-up. That along with my shaking affected the focus. Hope you can read it.  It was built in 1887 and is still in use today.

Another view of the courthouse from the side. It’s really an attractive building.

Brester Courthouse 2

So, it was time for lunch. Johnny knew of a good Mexican Restaurant called the La Casita. Good food, good service, great guacamole, and fair prices. I recommend checking it out if you are in Alpine.

After lunch we high-tailed it for Terlingua. Stopped at a roadside park for a brake and some homemade cookies Robert just happened to bring along – yum. On to Study Butte for gas and then Johnny’s Motorcycle Resort (building is in progress), He had some cold adult beverages to finish off the day’s ride.  After the brief visit I headed for my own camp.

Great Ride, thanks for going along.

Later, Bud…

10/13/19 #33 – Coryell County Courthouse, Gatesville, Texas

Yesterday I rode the BMW from Coldspring to Temple. Very boring ride, but better than driving in a car or truck. Spent the evening in Temple, and today got an early start and rode to Gatesville. It’s only 32 miles from Temple to Gatesville. Just take Hwy 36 west. I went there to have lunch with a group of riders that follow the Two Wheel Texan forum. Some of these folks get together each month just to visit, have lunch and a group ride after lunch. It’s called a “Meet-and-Greet). I had been wanting to do one of these for quite some time, so today was the day. Here’s the link to for those that might be interested.

I got to Gatesville about an hour before the planned event. Had my camera in the saddlebag and headed for the courthouse. Very impressive, and here’s the pictures.

Coryell County Courthouse 1

Coryell County Courthouse – Gatesville, Texas

I was limited where I could stand to get a good shot and include the bike. Trying to get the dome and Lady Justice all in the same frame proved to be a challenge, but I got-er-done.  Don’t know way the courthouse appears to be tilting?  (Still learning how to use my camera.)

Coryell County History

Here’s the marque with a bit of history about the courthouse.

I walked around the building and decided I could get a better picture from the side. This makes for a much better picture, and Lady Justice has someone else on the roof with her, and I did not know at the time. I did some more research and discovered a photo from another article. Apparently, in my photo the courthouse had some prior renovations and the words Liberty and Justice were painted to match their backgrounds. So, they did not show up in my picture, but if you blow it up real big you can make it out.

Coryell County Courthouse 2

It was getting close to lunch time and meeting the other riders. Went back up Main Street to J&M Bar-B-Q. Visited in the parking lot with a few folks than went inside to meet some more. Wow! 32 bikes, and I thing two bikes were 2-up. The waitress was better than the food, but the visit was well worth the ride. I’ll probably do the next “meet-n-greet”.

I didn’t go on the group ride. Anything over 4 bikes is too many for me. So, back to Temple, and tomorrow to Coldspring.

Later, Bud…

09/28/19 # 32 – Fayette County Courthouse, La Grange, Texas

Saturday, September 28, 2019, its been a month since I took a courthouse picture. Time to get with the program.

I had to make a quick trip to Warrenton, Texas today to check the hot water heater in our travel trailer. Va is staying in it at the antique show that is going on in Round Top / Warrenton. The hot water heater quick working about 4 days ago and she has been taking cool showers each morning. She says it’s an invigorating way to start the day knowing the temperature will be in the 90s before noon. So, I gathered a few tools and my camera, hopped on the newly acquired BMW and headed for Warrenton.  About 130 mile away.

The event traffic on opening Saturday was terrible to say the least. It was stop-n-go for about 12 miles, and by the time I reached her venue and the trailer, I needed a cool-down shower. Checked out the water heater and the pilot will not light. Time for a replacement; let’s see a new hot water heater or a new travel trailer?

Cooled down with a large ice tea and a short visit.  Then headed home away from the direction where the traffic was still backed-up; that was towards La Grange and the Fayette County Courthouse.

Downtown La Grange on Saturday afternoon was not busy, so I parked the motorcycle in the middle of the town square and there’s only one other car (actually a suburban) parked right where the bike should have been for the picture. Oh well, I’m getting used to taking pictures around unexpected conditions. Here’s the courthouse from the front.

Fayette County 1

Fayette County Courthouse, La Grange, Texas

The sun was directly behind the clock tower so the picture of the courthouse is a bit distorted, but what a great shot of the bike.

After tanking this picture I walked around to the other side to see if there might be a better shot from a different angle. Saw the information marque on the far side of the courthouse.

Fayette County History

Love it when the county has the history displayed. Gives an extra appreciation for the courthouse.

Here’s the courthouse from the side entrance. Makes a much nicer photo – I think.

Fayette County 2

This picture shows the color effects of the different kinds of stone. Very pretty.

It was getting late as you can till by were the sun is in the first picture, and time to turn the new BMW towards Coldspring. It sure is a good road bike.  Got home just before dark.

Later, Bud…

07/30/19 # 29, 30, and 31 – Wilbarger, Throckmorton, and Eastland Counties

I took these pictures while returning home from my motorcycle trip to Alaska.  I’ve been trying to get caught up on things around here after being gone for 25 days.  Now it’s time to get this blog up to date.

When I shot these 3 courthouses (photographed, not shootem’ up) was at the end of a long hot ride from Hays, Kansas back to Texas on US Hwy 183.  I wasn’t sure how far into Texas I  would ride that day, but somewhere south of the Red River.  I made it to Breckenridge.  I also missed getting a picture of the courthouse in Seymour where I stopped for a water and cool down break.  Didn’t occur to me that the courthouse was less than two blocks away.  And by the time I got to Breckenridge it was getting late and I wanted to get to my motel before dark.  Left the next morning while it was still dark, and missed the opportunity to capture the Stephens County Courthouse (photo-capture).   Here’s how I got the others.

When I crossed into Texas from Oklahoma the temperature went from 92 to 102 F.  As I made my way toward Vernon, Texas, I created a mental plan to stop every 30 to 45 minutes to cool off.  I still had plenty of daylight and the towns in this part of Texas are about 30 miles apart (give or take 20 miles).  As I approach the town square in Vernon there set the Wilbarger County Courthouse.  Right in front was parking for my bike, and the traffic was light enough for a crazy person to stand in the street to take a picture.

Wilbarger 1

#29 Wilbarger County Ccourthouse, Vernon, Texas

Okay, so that’s not the front of the courthouse.  Here’s the front with no motorcycle.   I really like the columns and the railing along the top.  Also, how they used ‘V’ for ‘U’.

Wilbarger Courthouse

After taking these pictures I noticed a restaurant across the street and decided the air condition and a cold BOC would be refreshing.  Took a longer break than planned, but still had about 3 more hours of daylight.  Had a cob salad for an early supper, and off to my next stop.

By the time I got to Throckmorton, all the businesses were closed and the locals had gone home (or where ever they go).  I stopped in front of the courthouse to take this picture.


#30 Throckmorton County Courthouse, Throckmorton, Texas

I like it when the locals take the time to record and register the pride of their county.

Throckmorton History

The focus is a little off – probably from standing too close with a cheap camera.

Next stop was Breckenridge, and I’ve already explained why I didn’t get a picture.

Got up early to try and beat the heat.  Left before daylight, and rode with my bright lights on and white-knuckles, looking for any object that might want to share the road without warning.  Eastland is about 30 miles down the road, and it was just getting light as I rode into town.  You can see the reflection of the flash in the pictures.

Eastland Courthouse

#31 Eastland County Courthouse, Eastland, Texas

Eastland Courthouse History

Above is the info about the courthouse, and here’s the info about Eastland County.  “A barrel of oil for $2.60, let’s get those banks opened.”

Eastland History

That’s enough fun for now,  I’ll keep working on more reasons for a motorcycle ride and courthouse photos, and keep you posted.

Later, Bud…