Dobbin Saloon and Grill – Montgomery, Texas

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I usually take time every weekend to do some traveling around Texas, searching and collecting Historical Markers. So far, I spend a lot of time in and around the cities of San Antonio, Houston and Conroe. If you look at a Texas map that’s a pretty good area to cover and a bunch of markers to collect. I have decided to add my travel stops in my blog so I hope you enjoy.

First stop Dobbin Saloon and Grill.  Located at 26333 Old Hwy 105 west in Montgomery Texas.

050I must admit, the weekends I am in Conroe, this is my little hangout. When you walk in, your likely to come across some of the locals of Dobbin just hanging out drinking a cold one but please don’t let that stop you from visiting, these people are some of the friendliest people around.

 

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JasonCassidyOne of the upcoming artist is Jason Cassidy which is scheduled for August 5th. I’ll be there!

Fridays is also a winner with Mere and Karaoke. So whether you have great singing talent or just like singing in the shower, come be a Star at Dobbin Saloon! KaraokeAnd of course, I have to mention the food! The nachos are to die for. (My mouth is watering! They’re my personal favorite. lol) and if your really hungry you wont be disappointed with Dobbins Burgers. Dobbin Saloon and Grill has a pretty good variety of food and drinks, so whether your hungry or thirsty, they got you covered.

 

During my visit, I immediately noticed all the yellow shirts. Dobbin Saloon was hosting a benefit for one of the locals, “Bull” who had passed. There was a silent auction, food, and of course the support from the community. 053

So who was “Bull”?  I spoke with Mrs. Doyle and she had these kind words to say:

Frank “Bull” Doyle

March 1, 1963 – May 29, 2017

Bull was the guy that never met a stranger. He had a heart of Gold. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Bull was always the life of the party. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Simply put, “To Know Him, Was To Love Him”. The Dobbin Saloon was his favorite hangout spot after a long ride on his motorcycle. Bull is truly missed by each person that knew him.

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Mrs. Doyle and her dad, Kenneth “Jake” McCreary

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Bulls wife, sons and grandson

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Claude(Bulls brother) and Diana – Bull was wild and crazy

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Locals involved in the benefit

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Bulls Benefit

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Silent auction items

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Silent auction items – I won the Texas Flag sign 🙂

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Tammy and Courtney at Bulls Benefit

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Dobbin Saloon and Grill

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Bulls Benefit

So if you are in the area take the time to visit Dobbin Saloon and Grill. Say hi to Angie while you’re there and if you hear the train go by, you gotta holler “TRAIN BEER”

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Montgomery Memorial Cemetery – Montgomery, Texas

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This Historical Marker is located S. side of Hwy 1097 E. 500 ft. from intersection w/ Hwy 149.  The entrance looks similar to many cemetery’s but this one feels different because I noticed a lot of open space between grave sites.

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As I began walking around something was just weird. The cemetery almost looked like a new cemetery but at the same time very old.  There were many tombstones that were fallen over or unreadable. 004 This cemetery is large and the tombstones are scattered. Although there are some family plots here, many are just single lonely tombstones.  WWI and WWII Veterans are buried here and it was nice to see American flags throughout the cemetery.  I can tell that someone is trying keep up with the grounds but I think more should be done. Made me wonder how cemetery’s are funded. I read an article about this cemetery’s dedication ceremony and I hope things have changed since 2011. Historical Marker Dedication

 

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Some of the tombstones are not readable

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This tombstone is fallen over. I tried to find out some information on this person but was not successful.

I also noticed some of the stones partially in the ground. I wonder if some of the stones are there but lost inches below the surface like the one pictured below will eventually be.

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Tombstones way out at the back edge of the cemetery.

After doing some research I found that this burial ground was originally designated for African-Americans during a time of segregation. There are approximately 800 graves sites in this cemetery which is the first historical cemetery in Montgomery County.  Many of the first graves are not clearly marked and some have no markers at all. Which explains all the empty spaces.

 

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Someone cared

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Wish I knew her name

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Too old to read any name on the tombstone.

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Then I came across this site. These tombstones were on the far left of the cemetery. I noticed a bottle of Bud Light and took a closer look.

 

Looks like someone took the time to drink a beer with an old buddy.

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Recorded Historical Marker Year 2009

Mount Zion Baptist Church – Cuero, Texas

IMG_5433This Historical Marker is located off of Alt Hwy 77 in between Yoakum and Cuero (from Cuero, take US 77A 10 miles northeast). This was one of the first markers I ever stopped at and took a picture of. I think I was on my way to Corpus Christi for a mini vacay last year. I’m sad about this one because I only took a picture of the marker. I will have to take another trip to the area to take more pictures of the church/school if it still stands.

The Historical Marker Reads:

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Mount Zion Baptist Church was organized on July 18, 1869, with fifteen charter members. The Rev. Mitchell Harrison (d. 1906) was the congregation’s first pastor and is credited with naming the new church. The congregation worshiped in a number of places before permanently locating here in 1890. An outdoor brush arbor was built two miles north of Concrete (4.5 miles northwest), which was later replaced by a log structure south of Concrete. After a storm destroyed the log church a new wooden building was erected, which was disassembled and reconstructed at this site in 1890. The first worship service was held in the new building on October 31, 1890. The Rev. Mr. Harrison continued to serve as pastor of Mount Zion until his death. He was succeeded by the Rev. S. A. Pleasants, who served until 1923, at which time the Rev. N. E. Henderson became pastor, serving until his death in 1947. The church purchased a schoolhouse for use as a fellowship hall in 1951. The church building was renovated in 1956, with the original twin bell towers being replaced by a new steeple. At the time of its centennial in 1969 Mount Zion Baptist Church had been guided by only four pastors.

Recorded Historical Marker Year 1986

 

 

 

Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle – Navasota, Texas

I usually only collect and write about recorded historical markers but I came across this statue and thought it was pretty neat. It is located in Navasota and is pretty much in the middle of the road so you cant miss it. I still plan on locating the marker which is in Indianola, Texas (Near Matagorda Bay). From my research, I will find more about La Salle in my travels through Texas.

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On Feb. 1, 1858, the county of La Salle was created and named for Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687). The first French explorer of Texas.

The marker located in Indianola reads:

Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle

Born in Rouen, France, November 22, 1643. Came to Canada in 1666. Founded a first settlement near Montreal. Led several expeditions on the Great Lakes and the Ohio exploration of the Mississippi, 1682. On July 24, 1684 La Salle sailed from France to establish a colony at the mouth of the Mississippi. Landed at Matagorda Bay, February 15, 1685. There established Fort St. Louis. While on his way to Canada he was murdered near the Trinity River, March 19, 1687. La Salle’s colony on Matagorda Bay gave the United States its first claim to Texas as a part of the Louisiana Purchase. A gentleman but not a courtier, a proud independent yet timid nature, and explorer of bold vision and untiring energy. “America owes him an enduring memory, for, in this masculine figure, she sees the pioneer who guided her to the possession of her richest heritage.”

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Round Top Community- Round Top, Texas

This historical marker is located in downtown Round Top. It is behind the  Early Texas Hotels and Inns Historical Marker. 

You will also come across this Stone Memorial dedicated to the pioneers of Round Top. There are always people walking around this area. There is a lot to see in the Henkel Square Market. There are historical cabins, lots of shopping and food. You can also visit another one of my Markers for more shopping information Replica of Saxony Home of Carl Siegismunde Bauer – Round Top, Texas

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Round Top Community

Home of the Townsends, Hills and McH. Winburn, veterans of San Jacinto Joel W. Robison one of Santa Annas captors, John Rice Jones, First Postmaster General Republic of Texas and John C.C. Hill, boy captive of Mier expedition and adopted by General Santa Anna.

A center of German Culture and crafts of 19th century. Examples Nassau Plantation, Art of Mathias, and Rudolph Melchior. Rev. Adam Neuthards Schools, Stone Masonry of Carls Bauer, Lutheran Church with Wantkes Homemade Organ and S.K. Lewis Stage Coach Inn.

Recorded Historical Marker Year 1966