A Springtime Ride Through the Countryside

by Don Warner

Hello fellow T'ers. My wife, Amber, and I wanted to share some springtime scenes that we experienced while we took our weekend Model T ride through central Robertson County. The trip is just shy of 28 miles long, starting and ending at our home located in Calvert, Texas. The ride takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to complete. I filled all of the grease cups, oiled the spring shackles, made sure there was enough gas in the tank, performed a quick tool list check, and off we went.

As most of this part of Texas has some awesome history, there are a few little remnants along this road that remind us of some days that existed quite some time before the era of our Model Ts. I have a photo here of what it left of a farmhouse that is located near the lignite coal mines north of Calvert on Tidwell Prairie Road. The log structure next to the house was the home of some family that started farming here just after the Texas Revolutionary War from Mexico. The lumber framed house was built in the 1840's or 1850's, after living in the log home became unbearable.

Just three miles from this location, on the other side of Hwy 6, is the old Harvey Family log home, which was built in the 1830's. Ann Harvey's family was attacked by area Indians and 6 year old Ann Harvey, along with a servant girl, were kidnapped and traded for blankets and other goods. An uncle rescued Ann nine months later. She returned to the family land and built a home, such as the one in the photo below, just feet away from her family's log home where the massacre took place. The old Harvey home is so over grown now that it is almost impossible to photograph. The great grandson of Ann Harvey Briggs attends our church and I'm hoping he can introduce me to the current owner of the old Harvey homestead so I can make some attempt to photograph it. Maybe if I take them for a Model T ride they'll grant me my wish. We'll have to see.

In the photos below are some of the fields of Texas wildflowers that bordered the road and filled some of the pastures along our drive. Purple Vetches, Indian Paint Brush and the Pink Pasture Rose was all out, along with some Bluebonnets were in full bloom. This trip had a few tree tunnels that made for good shade. The wooden bridge was just big enough for a Model T and I am told that when this one is gone, there will be no more wooden bridges left. They will be replaced with steel grate or concrete. Robertson County even put steel grate or concrete over two pony bridges on Old Hearne Road despite protests. They left the frames there but the wood is gone. These are believed to be the last two remaining pony bridges in the State of Texas.

Please enjoy the photos and happy T'ing.

Photos by Don and Amber Warner


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