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    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Texas Painted Church Tour




    Dubina's first church was built in 1876 was destroyed, like many of the other churches in the area, by a hurricane in July 1909. Rebuilt in 1912, it survived a fire that all but destroyed the town.

    Dubina Texas (In Czech the word dub means oak grove) and the Saints Cyril and Methodius Church is one of my favorite churches of the "Texas Painted Churches Tour
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    Vines, oak leaves and angels color the sky blue ceiling. The original paintings were whitewashed over in the 1950's. In the 1980 the restorers uncovered the old designs and repainted the interior.

    The "Painted Church story" - the new immigrants had no resources like stone or the sculptors to do the interior decoration of the churches, so they hired painters to decorate the churches.



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    Thumbs up Dubina, Fayette County, Texas. . . "Piano Bridge"








    "Piano Bridge"

    Following the road ( County Road 480 ) past the Dubina Painted Church, I found this bridge the locals call "Piano Bridge"

    Some say it's named after it's musical sound as you drive over it - technically it is a "piano-wire truss."

    built in 1885 by the King Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio. One of the few remaining iron bridges in Fayette County, Texas




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    Texas Bridges


    For a good ride in Texas use these websites
    Texas Bridges by year
    Texas Bridges by type
    Texas Bridges by county

    A good source for finding unique, historical bridges of Texas
    Bridge Hunter.com - Texas
    Bridge Hunter.com - Texas Map

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    Smile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Shiner Beer - Shiner Texas




    Shiner Beer Shiner Texas







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    The Painted Churches....Holy Ground...

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    Cool Texas Painted Churches - Shiner Painted Church - Shiner Texas





    Shiner Church Shiner Texas
    built in 1919 and painted in 1945

    Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church
    One of the 15 Painted Churches of Texas
    & on the National Registry of Historic Places.






    Of the some 20 painted churches in Texas, 15 are listed on the National Register of historic sites.

    Most of the Painted Churches were built in small farming communities, which had large populations a century ago, but today, most of them are nearly ghost towns. The only remains of the community are the well maintained churches in their old world charm.

    I missed the painted Church St. Stanislaus, in Anderson and one near Planterville: http://www.smsj.org/index.php

    marker at the church in Praha, "lost almost all it's adult male population during WWII".

    It seemed that every Texas town that I rode through, had a Dollar General, Subway, Dairy Queen and a WhatAburger franchise.

    Most towns also had a Mexican Restaurant and a BBQ pit.
    I stopped at a few BBQ pits. I was told by many, that the following BBQ were some of the best Texas BBQ:
    Cooper's in Llano or Mason
    Black's, Kreuz Market, Smitty's or Chisolm Trail in Lockhart
    Luling City Market - Luling
    Louie Mueller's in Taylor
    Gonzales Food Market - Gonzales

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    Cool . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bluebonnet Season - Shiner Texas




    A typical plant is about 8 inches tall, and the colored part of a bloom is about 4 inches tall.

    each stem has 5 leaves - representing the five points of the Texas Lone Star

    Bluebonnets are native to Texas, and just grow wild

    The plants grow during the winter
    bloom end of March, first few weeks of April.

    The best bluebonnet seasons:
    after winters that are very cold and very wet
    the more miserable the winter - the more beautiful the spring

    very cold conditions help the seeds germinate



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    Cool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .German settlement of High Hill





    German settlement of High Hill

    Nativity of Mary, Blessed Virgin Catholic Church

    built in 1906 of the Classic Gothic Revival style

    interior is lined in wood,

    protected by a brick exterior resistant to fire and storms



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    OUTSTANDING pictures and report!! WOW...I HAVE to get to some of those roads!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Cool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Freyburg Methodist Church





    Freyburg Methodist Church

    From Handbook of Texas Online website---"It was founded about 1868 by Germans and named for a town in Germany"

    Open Plan Gothic style

    These churches are a piece of European history in Texas.

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    Smile Saint MaryÔÇÖs Church of the Assumption, Praha Texas



    Saint MaryÔÇÖs Church of the Assumption, Praha

    most of its parishners are of Czech decent

    Praha, the Czech spelling for Prague, must have reminded early residents of their homeland.

    This church was built from native stone brought by oxen from a nearby village.

    The artwork was done by a Swiss artist and remains in its original condition.

    This church has stood unchanged for over 100 years.

    1895 murals on the tongue-and-groove ceiling

    painted vaulted ceiling, the work of Swiss-born artist Gottfried Flry





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    Smile . . . . . . . .St. John the Baptist Catholic - Ammansville Texas



    St. John the Baptist Catholic - Ammansville Texas

    opened in 1890

    Destroyed by the hurricane of 1909

    the church was rebuilt

    few years later it was destroyed by fire

    and had to be rebuilt


    pretty in pink

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    Cool . . . . . . . .Oldest Lutheran and worlds smallest church




    BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH
    ROUND TOP, TEXAS
    Established 1867

    one of the earliest stone churches built in this section of Texas

    has been used for services continuously since its construction

    today it is the oldest Lutheran church sanctuary in Texas








    Round Top - Warrenton, Texas

    - In a state that prides itself in everything being big

    - World's Smallest Catholic Church

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    Cool . . . . . . . . Texas Painted Church Tour - Bluebonnets



    each stem has 5 leaves - representing the five points of the Texas Lone Star

    Bluebonnets are native to Texas
    kinda like weeds in Wisconsin








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    Oldschooling on the "Lone Star Trail"

    Jim, excellent photos and narrative. Great to see our state in the prime time of the year. I hope you are planning on coming to the BMW Texas National Rally this weekend on Lake Belton. The info is on the MOA website. I would be proud to buy you a beer or three. My wife and I will be there in our GSA/sidecar rig, look us up.

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