Unfortunately, not a whole lot of us, I’m afraid. However, a couple of weeks ago, Rickey Jones and I ran away for a few days. It was rainy, messy, muddy, and absolutely wonderful weather here in Texas. It was also in the town of Mason, Texas…first settled by German immigrants…that once again my theory was proven. There are certain cultures of people who build to keep and certain cultures who do not. The Germans do.
Believe it or not, this fabulous old school was actually built on the Texas frontier in 1887. It was built on land that once was part of Fort Mason, with rock from the old fort. The main builder on the building was the German August Brockmann and, of course, it was a great building during its time; however, the amazing thing to me is that today, over 120 years later, the building is still serving the town of Mason. Today it is the senior citizen center on the bottom floor and houses a great county museum on the top.
As we made our way around the small town, it was obvious that over and over again the work of buildings built long ago had been preserved: we ate in them, slept in them, researched in them, and met with the locals in them.