Look what happened now...
Ready, Set, Jet!
This continues from this & this post. We did a little window shopping in downtown Luling then went over to see the park.
And the fun continues...
Sally was attempting to convince me to stand up on the truck to take these pictures.
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"Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 as the far western stop of the Sunset Branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The developing importance of the town as a cattle-raising center, combined with the importance of the railroad as a shipping point, allowed the town to grow and prosper. Being the northern terminus of a freight road to Chihuahua, Mexico added to its stature. As the cattle drives to the railroad head decreased, Luling survived by turning to its rich soil and hardy folk. Luling came to be known throughout the region as an agriculture center with cotton, corn, and turkeys as its principal products.
Cotton ruled the local economy until the momentous year of 1922. On August 9th of that year, Edgar B. Davis’ Rafael Rios No.1 blew in, opening an oilfield 12 miles long and 2 miles wide. The Rios No. 1 proved to be a part of one of the most significant fields discovered in the Southwest. Thousands of oil field workers descended upon the little community. They filled every available room and constructed a tent city, called Rag Town, along the railroad tracks. By 1924, the field was producing 11 million barrels of oil per year."
Taken from Wiki
Next post will be the last on Luling. I really wanted to fit it all in this one, but internet is throwing a fit. :(
Take care & talk soon!
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