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Western Word of the Week - Maverick - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Maverick - an orphaned calf

This term is also well-known in western novels as describing a cowboy who is a loner, separated from others, a wanderer.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Travel - Dallas Heritage Village (Part Four) - Dallas,Texas - #TravelTuesday

Welcome back to our tour around the Dallas Heritage Village in downtown Dallas, Texas. Last week we stopped at the Pilot Grove Church and Renner School. This week we're investigating the Sullivan House and the Blum House, both of which are amazing. Next week continue along the trail and see the Doctor's office the Worth Hotel, and the Shotgun House.

The Sullivan House:
Built in 1885 in the neighborhood called "The Cedars", begun in the 1870's and became home to a large Jewish community and wealthy businessmen. Daniel Sullivan purchased the Neo-Classical home in 1889. It featured a "separate kitchen, a laundry house, a carriage house, servants' quarters and a well" according to the Visitor Guide. Mr. Sullivan, who sold plumbing supplies, added an indoor bathroom to the home later, making it the first home to have one in Dallas. Mr. Sullivan died in 1926 as the neighborhood began its decline. Here in the village, each room in this large home is full of decorations and furniture. You'll see a parlor, girl's bedroom, sitting room, master bedroom, a study, and the indoor bathroom.
  
The Parlor:
        
Sitting Room:
     
Master Bedroom:
        
Study:
           
Girls Bedroom:
     
Indoor Bathroom (looks surprisingly modern):
  
Dining:


Blum House:
This Queen Anne style house was originally built by businessman David Colonel George for his bride, Verner Elsie McPherson, in 1900. At the Heritage Village, a fictitious Jewish family named Blum occupy this home. It's a pretty house with lavender-colored paint. According to the signage, additional renovation are awaiting funding. Next to the house is a chicken coup (in matching lavender paint).
  
Chicken Coup:
  
The Parlor:
              
Dining Room:
                 
Interesting Plaque about Kosher Preparations:
     

For more information, please check out the DallasHeritageVillage.org
See some pictures of the Sullivan House restoration project: Dallas Heritage Village Facebook

Western Word of the Week - Maggot - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Welcome to our Weekly Western Word of the Day...

Maggot - derogatory name for a sheep; also called "woolies"

A sheepherder was known as a "Mutton-Puncher"

Ranchers were also at odds with sheep herders because the sheep would eat all the precious grass the cows demanded.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Travel - Dallas Heritage Village (Part Three) - Dallas,Texas - #TravelTuesday

Welcome back to our tour around the Dallas Heritage Village in downtown Dallas, Texas. Last week we stopped at the Gano's homestead, blacksmith, and farm in the very back of the park. Today we'll wander toward the Pilot Grove Church and Renner School. Next week we'll check out some of the more elaborate homes (the Sullivan and Blum houses).

Pilot Grove Church:
This Gothic Revival Methodist church was built in the 1890s by members of the Pilot Grove congregation. Their resident preacher, "Rev Owenby", gave sermons until his death in the 1930s. By that time, the town of Pilot Grove had started dwindling and even the post office closed for business. Thankfully this church and its original pews inside were saved and relocated to the village.

Interesting view under the church:

Organ:

Piano:

Hanging Kerosene Lamp:


Right next door to the church is the...
Renner School:
In 1887, the town of Renner, Texas came to life in southwest Collin County, named after a railroad engineer named John A Renner who worked for the Cotton Belt Line railroad. The next year several buildings went up in the town - post office, a store, and the Renner School. The Renner School had two stories. A wood-fired stove (in the center of the lower floor) provided heat.
  
When you enter the school, you immediately face the hangers for lunch pails:
     
Inside, you can see the stove in the center and the children's desks:
  
And of course, the ubiquitous McGuffey's Reader:


For more information, please check out the DallasHeritageVillage.org
Cool video on the restoration of the Pilot Grove Church can be found here: VIMEO.com
Information about Pilot Grove, Texas can be found on the Texas State Historical Assoc website: TSHAOnline.org
Learn more about the community of Renner here: CollinCountyHistory.com