Picture from the Dust Bowl, Dalhart, TX
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I have lots of photos from my trip last month. I thought I would start posting them.
The first day of our 5 races in 5 days was in Dalhart, TX. It is a small town ... all these were small towns ... in the panhandle of Texas, about 90 minutes from Amarillo. That's a long drive in the gloaming all alone on long straight fast roads. And at my age, those roads get pretty lonely after about an hour. Luckily, I am a man and the world is my port-a-potty ... especially after dark.
One of the things I would do after the races was walk around the town and take pictures. It was a good way to stretch my legs and to see America.
Welcome to Dalhart TX
This was the biggest grain elevator in town. I am used to the big city. Most races you fly into a city, run around and fly out. After a while, they all look alike ... the airport, the towns, the hotels. This a different.
When I got out of the car Sunday night (St Patty's Day it was) I sniffed and realized exactly what the main industry of Dalhart was. Yep. Cattle.
The interstate is nowhere around these towns. The Railroads are what brings stuff in and out. Dalhart is at the crossroad of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe and the Union Pacific.
Even so, the old train station is the towns largest lumber yard. I am guessing they get their shipments via rail.
Dalhart appears to be one of those town caught in the modern depression. Lots of boarded up store fronts. But even so the buildings were interesting.
One of Dalhart's sons was a hero to China during WWII. They presented the town with this replica of a bust in China for his heroism.
Well here's something you don't see much pf anymore. It would hav ebeen cooler if it actually worked.