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Texas - Prairies and Lakes

"Prairies and Lakes." Does that title really tell the tale? Well, yes-and no. Prairies and Lakes paints merely the pastoral brush strokes in this region's richly textured panorama. The full picture emerges only when you add the dynamic cities, charming communities, and colorful history that enliven this attraction-packed section of Texas.

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Old Church Theatre

The Gothic stone building that is the Old Church Theatre in Clarksville was built in the 1920's as the spiritual home of a small congregation of Red River County members of the Episcopal Church. Regular services were held in the historic building until the 1980'

Clarksville, TX Theatres

Hammond House

The Hammond House was originally built in 1876 to be a courthouse and jail. In 1870

Calvert, TX Historic Homes

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany was built in 1869

Calvert, TX Historic Churches

1923 Highway 90 Bridge

Tucked along the meandering banks of the Colorado River, Columbus is accessible by several bridges. Of special interest is the Highway 90 bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a Multi-span Parker Through Truss bridge, which was opened in 1932 near Beason'

Columbus, TX Historic Bridges

Somerville Lake Fishing

Somerville Lake has enjoyed a reputation of being an excellent catfish lake for many years. Fisherman also enjoy catching Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Hybrid Bass, White Crappie, Bluegill Sunfish (Perch), Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, and Flathead (Yellow) Catfish. White bass

, TX Fishing




Preston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum

There are currently more than 75 different species of wildlife exhibited in the Shatto Museum, including Africa's "Big Five" - elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, cape buffalo - and a white rhinoceros, one of only two on exhibit in the United States.

Columbus, TX Museums

Parker County Courthouses

After three previous structures were destroyed by fire, the present Parker County Courthouse was begun in 1884 and dedicated in 1886

Weatherford, TX Historic Courthouses


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