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    A Free Man

    95-year-old Deacon James W. Dobbins teaches us a lesson in freedom By Christopher K. Travis   Deacon Dobbins took me by the hand and led me down the aisle of the little frame church. The pews were mostly empty. Only …

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    Who Are the Wends of Texas?

     by Kurt Wilson Driving along Highway 290 west of Carmine, and just a little over three miles from Giddings, I see the blue and white sign again. Its black lettering reads: Wendish Museum FM 448 S. of Giddings off Hwy. …

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    The Ghost at Round Top

    by Kurt Wilson Although I grew up in a small Texas town, most of my adult years have been spent in a dense, urban setting. As dissimilar as these two locations are they have this much in common: nothing supernatural …

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    A&M vs. UT: The End of a Texas Tradition

    Editor’s Note: Some things are taken for granted. Gravity is a good example.  Sunrise and sunset also come to mind. In late November most Americans  take for granted that they will eat turkey, pumpkin pie, and  cranberries. For over a …

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    THE HISTORY OF ROUND TOP, TEXAS

    Round Top – September 1996 Christopher K. Travis Located beside Cummins Creek near the eastern boundary of Fayette County, Round Top was first known as “Townsend Settlement” after a family of early settlers in the area. It was also referred …

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    The Junk Gypsies at Home

    Round Top – Fall 2012 by Christopher K. Travis   “You won’t believe what happened in the shop today!” exclaimed my wife. “Yeah,” I responded with all the limp enthusiasm of a man who’s been married forty years. “What was …

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    The Birder’s Perch: Wildlife Sightings

    by Betsy Harwood Round Top – Living life as a bird nut means far more than simply looking at birds. Most birders develop a sixth sense, a sense that tunes them in to another frequency—a frequency that registers sound and …

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    Diet Plan of the Stars

    REGISTER UNVEILS SECRET DIET PLAN OF THE STARS EAT ANYTHING! EAT ALL YOU WANT! Incredible New Diet Ends Worry About Overeating by Chef Herve Raconteur Round Top Register Food Critic Round Top – Ah, my special children. How I have …

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    How Come I’m So Happy?

    Planet Earth is a tough place to live. Sometimes it seems like even the elements are conspirin’ to make us miserable. One season is too hot and the next too cold. One month is too dry and the next comes …

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    MUSH FOR BRAINS – Fear and Loathing in Youbetchaland

    Wilderness Series – Part Three by Christopher K. Travis My wife is a half-breed. This fact is at the heart of my problem. She is not a real Texan, though her father’s family has been here for generations. Like me, …

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    Round Top Antiques & Crafts Show Guide

    Shop ’til You Drop in Old Round Top Everything you always wanted to know about the Round Top Antiques and Crafts Show but were afraid to ask! Antique Craft Central – Okay, you’ve heard about Round Top on TV or …

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    What You Own…Owns You Back

    Click here to learn more about Uncle Sack   Christmas time is coming around again and that always brings up the problems we have with ownership. I don’t know how it happened, but somewhere along the way our kids got …

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    A Cry in the Wilderness – Part One

    Wilderness Series – Part One Editor and Queen Paddle into the Canadian Wilderness Part One of Two by Christopher K. Travis When I was a kid, I used to read books about explorers and frontiersmen. Innocent child that I was, …

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    The Texas Drought: Dry, Dry, Dry

    Lotsa people ’round here spent this summer talkin’ about the lack of rain. They was worryin’ and frettin’ and stirrin’ up a mess of concern ’bout the dry weather they was beginnin’ to refer to as a “drought.” That weren’t …

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    Tiny Texas Town Secedes

    Eminent Scientist Sparks Decision by Town’s Mayor   Sandy Texas – Fall 2006 by Christopher K. Travis In light of the recent standoff between federal agents and Republic of Texas separatists in West Texas, we at the Register became alarmed …

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    Tiny Town Says Round Top Not ‘Smallest in Texas’

    Letter Embroils Town in Size  Flap   Round Top – June 1996 By Christopher K. Travis A matter of grave concern has come before the citizens of Round Top, the “smallest incorporated town in Texas.” A letter, from the Chamber …

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    Visionary – The James Dick Interview

    By Christopher K. Travis Festival Hill – He didn’t like the word “visionary” very much. Like the word “dream”, it sounded flighty and impermanent to him – somehow temporary – and James Dick is not at all interested in “temporary”. …

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    Marshal Zapp Takes a “Whirlwind” Tour

    Warda – In the aftermath of a dangerous storm recently, citizens of this one-store town with good cheeseburgers were shocked to find a bedraggled and bruised Zapp Luger, Marshall of Round Top, staggering into the Wardaburger Store in torn overalls. He …

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    Marshal Zapp Luger: Area Law Enforcement Report

    The following are the calls to the Round Top Town Marshall’s Office for the three months starting May 15, 1995 May 15 – 8 traffic violations – Cow in roadway – Locked keys in truck – Says wife looses too much …

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    Antiques for the Holidays? You Betcha!

    by Tara Suel   Editor’s Note: As a team member at the Marburger Farm Antique Show, Tara Suel has an inside view from a variety of perspectives. Readers can follow Tara’s blog on living with antiques at www.roundtop-marburger.com   Well, …

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    DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

    A newsreel of idiotic actions and pratfalls for those who love to see stupid people feel the consequences of their actions. Don’t do any of these things? I know, you just have to click this don’t you.

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    Paraprosdokians

    In our previous issue, we looked at neologism, i.e., words created from existing words but slightly altered in spelling and then redefined. Now we turn to paraprosdokians, which are figures of speech in which the latter part of the sentence …

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    For the People – Dick DeGuerin

    A Leisurely Stroll Through the Bill of Rights With Hotshot Criminal Defense Attorney, Dick DeGuerin   Burton – He’s a rip-snorting, bronc ridin’, fast talkin’, straight shooter and he’s not afraid to take on the high and mighty. He’s a lawyer made from …

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    Donna Sue, Buck, and Bubba Return!

    by Kurt Wilson   After going out to dinner in Chappell Hill, Donna Sue turned to Buck and said, “You know what the big difference is between you and a canoe?” “No,” said Buck somewhat confused by the question. “What …

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    Lexington Log Cabins & Heritage Center

    The Lexington Log Cabins & Heritage Center is located in the center of town, and contains two circa 1850 log cabins furnished with pioneer furnishings and exhibits. Also a corncrib which stores 19th century tools and implements. Group tours by appointment are …

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    Turnverein Pavilion – Bellville

    Turnverein Pavilion Built in 1897 in Bellville, this building has 12 sides and was used as a social club by the German immigrants living in the area.  In Bellville.  Shown by appointment only. One East Main Street (FM529), Bellville

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    Austin County Jail – Bellville

    Built in 1896 it served as both living quarters on the left side and a jail on the right. The building was constructed with a space on the small fourth floor for a gallows used only one time. The jail was …

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    Frydek Catholic Cemetery and Frydek Grotto – Sealy

    Czech immigrants began settling in this area in the 1850s. The cemetery remains as a reminder of the area’s Czech heritage. On the grounds of Our Lady of Frydek Church is a grotto made of limestone and concrete, built by …

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    Guardian Angel Catholic Church – Sealy

    5610 Demel St. Wallis, TX

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    Power Plaze Skate Park – Smithville

    The Power Plaza Skate Park is a concrete dream come true for those who skate board, skate or bike, and the Friends of the Skate Park, who spent several years to raise funds to build the outdoor park.   With those …

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    Buescher State Park – Smithville

    FM 153, half mile north of Hwy 71, Smithville 512-237-2241 Nearby Park not casualty of Bastrop fires The wildfire that has engulfed much of Bastrop County has also  consumed most of Bastrop State Park, but Buescher State Park, is open  …

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    Vernon Richards Riverbend Park – Smithville

    Located on Hwy 71, Riverbend Park, officially named after former mayor Vernon Richards, is the city’s finest outdoor recreational spot and borders the Colorado River.  Most of the annual Jamboree celebration is held here, as are the Thunder On the …

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    Veterans Memorial Park & Splash Pad – Smithville

    2nd Street at Fawcett behind Smithville Recreation Center (512) 237-3282 ext. 2109 Enjoy the Memorial to veterans as a “place to pay tribute; a place to pray for peace.”  The beautiful fenced park includes historical plaques of Bastrop County veterans …

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    LCRA Railcar Facility – Smithville
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    Smithville Heritage House & Museum

    602 Main Street 512-237-4545 Containing artifacts and photos from Smithville’s early days, the Smithville Heritage Museum is itself a piece of history.   Built in 1908, the Victorian structure was donated to the Smithville Heritage Society.   The second story contains exhibits …

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    Railroad Museum and Depot – Smithville

    At intersection of First and Main Streets 512-237-2313 Smithville was once a major passenger hub on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M-K-T) railroad until the mid 1950s and was the location of a major turnaround for the rail lines where trains could be …

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    Mary Nichols Art Center – Smithville

    301 Burleson 512-237-4706 This wonderful historic building at 301 Burleson has come back to life and is open once again for art classes and workshops. The Art Gallery is open to the public every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 …

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    Movie Location Tours – Smithville

    www.smithvilletx.org With over 40 film productions in town, including the movie that started it all – “Hope Floats,” the Cannes France Palm D’or winner, “Tree of Life,” “Beneath the Darkness” which utilized many students and our school system facilities, the …

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    I’m a Texas Chainsaw Kinda Guy

    by Kurt Wilson   Like numerous residents of Central Texas, I have lost many trees to our prolonged drought. The gray skeletons of broad oaks and tall cedars present a sad picture, and they’ve been dead long enough that strong …

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    Fisherman’s Park – Bastrop

    The City of Bastrop takes great pride in its city parks. This park is connected to Ferry Park by way of the June Hill Pape Riverwalk. Two major Bastrop festivals are held annually at Fisherman’s Park–Yesterfest, which is usually held in …

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    Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center

    www.bastropmuseumandvisitorcenter.org Bastrop is uniquely positioned at the center of things… A fort established by the  Spanish in 1806 at the junction of the Colorado River and El   Camino Real de los Tejas, the Spanish “royal road” running between San Antonio …

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    Bastrop Opera House

    bastropoperahouse.com When you visit the Bastrop Opera House©, you are visiting a piece of downtown Bastrop history, and Texas history. Following a long period of recession after the Civil War, Bastrop boomed in the late 1800′s.  The economic revival was …

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    Texas Wendish Heritage Museum – Serbin

    www.texaswendish.org The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany.Today the Wends of Lusatia are called Sorbs. Wendish families began arriving in Texas in 1849, followed by a …

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    World’s Smallest Catholic Church – Warrenton

    www.stjohnfayetteville.com/stmartin.htm

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    Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum

    www.fayettecountyhistory.org/fayetteville_museum.htm The Museum includes many artifacts of the good ol’ days including the historic altar from the original St. John’s Catholic Church (removed for rebuilding in 1969), the pipe organ from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, pre-historic bones & arrowheads, a …

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    Square Live Oak and Tree in the Street Sorority – Fayetteville

    www.fayettevilletxchamber.org The Tree-in-the-Street Sorority and “Old Ironsides”  – Fayetteville is a member in good standing of the Tree-in-the-Street Sorority – a group of small towns that spreads from Columbus south to Goliad and west to Bigfoot and Uvalde. As a …

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    Painted Churches of Fayette County

    www.schulenburgchamber.org If you’ve lived in Texas for any length of time you’ve heard of the Painted Churches of Fayette County. They have appeared in magazines, on television programs, and in newspaper features around the state and beyond. The term “Painted” …

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    Historic Bridges Tour – Fayette County

    www.fayettevilletxchamber.org http://bridgehunter.com/tx/fayette/ Old steel truss bridges are found on Willow Springs Road (1/2 mile off FM 159, east of Fayetteville), and off Haw Creek Road, 3 miles east from FM 1291.  (Photo by Julie Bowers)

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    Fayetteville Courthouse on the Square

    www.fayettevilletxchamber.org Built in 1880-the old jail still exists on the second floor complete with leg irons!-the first court was held on February 17, 1881. A calaboose was added in 1887 and the bandstand gazebo built in 1932. The town clock …

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    Flatonia Historic Rail Park

    www.railcrossroadstx.com It’s  hard to think of Flatonia and not think of the railroad.  The town’s history is steeped in railroad  lore.  In fact, the railroad was viewed  as such an important factor in the future growth and development of the  …

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    E A Arnim Archives and Museum – Flatonia

    www.arnimmuseum.org   Featuring a unique collection focused on the rich cultural heritage of Flatonia and the surrounding area.   Located downtown in the old Flatonia State Bank Building. 101 E. North Main Flatonia, Texas Hours:  Thursday & Friday 1:00 pm …

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    Texas Quilt Museum – LaGrange

    www.texasquiltmuseum.org The Texas Quilt Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity. It is housed in two historic 1890s buildings, which provide a fine showcase for both antique and contemporary quilt art with their high ceilings, brick walls, and original hardwood floors. …

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    The Chicken Ranch – LaGrange

    What’s synonymous with La Grange, Texas?  Why the infamous Chicken Ranch!  Even though it has been closed for more than 30 years, the legendary brothel is still intriguing.    When it comes to instant name recognition no other house of …

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    Fayette Heritage Library and Museum – LaGrange

    Fayette County has a treasure trove at its library, museum and archives.  In addition to a thriving public library, the recently expanded facility creates displays of local interest that change throughout the year.  Its outstanding archive attracts hundreds of visitors …

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    LaGrange Railroad Museum

    The La Grange M-K-T (Katy) Railroad Depot is located at its original site adjacent to the tracks at the intersection of North Washington and Lafayette Streets.  The building, which has waiting rooms, an office and a freight area, was completed …

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    Monument Hill/Kriesche Brewery – LaGrange

    The Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites are two state historic sites on 40 acres just south of La Grange off U.S. 77 on State Loop 92.  The Monument Hill site is a tomb and monument to the …

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    Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center – LaGrange

    Czech us out!  With its rich heritage, it’s no surprise that La Grange is the hub for celebrating the Czech culture in Texas.  Over 80% of the Czech Moravian families that settled in Texas at some time lived in Fayette …

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    Old Fayette County Jailhouse – LaGrange

    Built in 1883, the Old Fayette County Jail was constructed of native stones hauled by ox wagon from the nearby community of Muldoon to the site.  Reminiscent of a European cathedral, the Victorian Gothic structure originally contained two stories with …

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    Fayette County Courthouse – LaGrange

    In November 1889, the Fayette County Grand Jury issued a report of the bad condition of the third courthouse.  They reported on the lack of space and the conditions which jurors and witnesses endured.  The Grand Jury recommended that the …

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    Faison House – LaGrange

    Welcome to the N.W. Faison House and Museum  On the  National Register of Historic Places 822 South Jefferson Street La Grange, Texas The Faison Home welcomes  visitors and tour groups. The home generally is open to the public the second …

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    Texas Basketball Museum – Carmine
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    Carmine Depot Museum and Visitors Center

    248 Sylvan Carmine, TX  78932 Hours:  2nd and 4th Friday and Saturday   10 am – 2 pm  

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    Round Top Town Hall

    Photos courtesy of the Round Top Area Historical Society

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    Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Cemetery – Round Top

    Bethelem Lutheran Church is an historic stone Lutheran church located at 409 South White Street in Round Top, Texas. Construction of the church began in 1866 under the leadership of Pastor J. Adam Neuthard, with the first service being held …

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    Winedale Historical Center – Round Top

    Winedale – The History of Winedale Winedale derives its name from a German community that existed briefly after 1870 in  Washington County. Local farmers cultivated grapes and the post office carried the name Winedale.  Sometime after 1881 the village was …

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    Round Top Area Historical Society

    The museum is open the 2nd Saturday of every month from Noon – 3 PM. It is located on Mill Street behind the Post Office. 979 249-5058 rtahs@cvctx.com http://roundtophistoricalsociety.com

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    Round Top Festival Institute Center for Performance and Learning

    Located in historic Round Top, Texas, The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts and its sole project, the Round Top Festival Institute, were founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick. Begun with a handful of gifted young …

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    Texas Cotton Gin – Burton

    Welcome…to the Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas …the Oldest Operating Cotton Gin in America! We invite you to join us …step back in time when cotton was king.  The historic 1914 Burton Farmers Gin* is nestled in the heart …

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    Round Top Family Library

    Round Top Library Association, Inc. 206 W. Mill P.O. Box 245 – Round Top, Texas 78954 (979) 249-2700 Summertime Operating Hours – Beginning June 2nd Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday & …

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    Burton Heritage Society

    (Photo and content by Burton Heritage Society) History lives thanks to the Burton Heritage Society! The Burton Heritage Society was established in March of 1973 by a group of citizens concerned about preserving and sharing the history of our community. There were …

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    Truehome Design.Build – Old World Tuscan

    Austin: 512-444-0777   -   Round Top: 979-249-5961 email – cktravis@sentientarchitecture.com Old World Tuscan in Rural Texas: This home was created by Truehome Design. It was built for a couple who wanted an “old world feel.” The owner also dreamed of recreating …

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    Truehome Design.Build – Creole Masterpiece

    Austin: 512-444-0777   -   Round Top: 979-249-5961 email – cktravis@sentientarchitecture.com   Creole Masterpiece with Louisiana Roots: This home was created by Truehome Design.Build for a couple with roots in Louisiana’s Creole country. It was designed after the style of one of …

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    Los Patrones – Mi Casa es Tu Casa

      Download Full Menu Welcome to Los Patrones Mexican Grill. We offer the finest Mexican food, with great  selection in steaks, seafood, fajitas, enchiladas, tacos, and more. We are a family owned and operated restaurant, so we put attention into …

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    Care for Drought-stricken Trees

    Facing one of the worst droughts in state history, trees across Texas are already showing signs of stress. Some are dropping leaves and branches while others have leaves that are wilting and turning yellow and brown. Some trees have died. …

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    Boating Safety

    by Deb Nicholas According to Captain Randi Wayland, “Texas Parks and Wildlife wants boaters to do three things: 1) always wear a life jacket, 2) learn the rules, and 3) don’t drink while boating.” Captain Wayland is a Texas Parks …

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    When the Chips Are Down

    December 1, 2012 Kurt Wilson My friend Dean is a big fan of technology. Show that man new application software and he’s got his hands on an American Express card faster than you can say, “credit limit.” Recently he was …

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    Big Hat, No Cattle

    December 1, 2012 Kurt Wilson Growing up in Texas I learned a lot of what I thought were common phrases. I liked them because they summed up an idea not only quickly but colorfully. Instead of someone saying, “Well, he …

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    Rotor Rooting

    December 1, 2012 Kurt Wilson Here’s a pop quiz for all you folks who like to go to the movies: who has been the most prolific star for the past quarter century? Did you guess Brad Pitt? Un-uh. Maybe it’s …

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    Round Top Register – Winter 2012

    Round  Top - Hot off the presses, here is the December – February issue of the print version of the world-famous Round Top Register. In this issue learn everything you ever wanted to know about why fans will forever miss the …

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    The Genesis of the Round Top Register

    IN THE BEGINNING The Genesis of the Round Top Register Editor’s Note: One day in 1995, I was sitting at the Round Top Town square eating some of Bud Royer’s stuffed quail. It was a busy Saturday, so Bud’s wait was …

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    Martians Give NASA the Boot!

    September 1, 2012 Kurt Wilson On Sunday, August 5, NASA successfully landed their Mars probe, Curiosity, at Gale Crater near the red planet’s equator. The mission’s budget was originally projected to be $2.5 billion. It now appears unexpected fines and …

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    Birder’s Perch: Great Blue Herons

    by Betsy Harwood What’s your passion? Whatever it is, I’m sure you love getting together with other enthusiasts to swap stories. Story swapping usually takes place when the antique shopping, fishing, hunting, or birding is slow, and we try to …

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    Juneteenth: A Texas Tradition

    by Dock Jackson Often I am asked, “Exactly what is Juneteenth, and why do you celebrate it?” Many youths, and several of my friends from other states, have never heard of Juneteenth and wonder what it is all about, so …

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    Big Wheel Keeps on Turning

    by Kurt Wilson When a person thinks of how the West (and Texas in particular) was won, certain iconic images come to mind. Probably the first picture conjured by the mind’s eye is of six-guns, which is followed by cowboy …

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    Jalepeños!

    June 1, 2012 Kurt Wilson Editor’s Note: The jalapeño pepper (Capsicum annuum for you technical types) is the namesake of Jalapa, the capital city of Mexico’s state of Veracruz. The –eño part is a suffix indicating that a person or …

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    01+14+19+33+42+52=0 or How to Win at Texas Lotto

    June 1, 2012 Kurt Wilson Every week my lady friend and I play the Texas Lottery. We each pick six numbers, plunk down a buck apiece, and begin dreaming about what we will do with our vast fortune. Each of …

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    Beer Here!

    by Kurt Wilson Author’s Note: While researching the history of brewing in Texas, I found much conflicting information. This was particularly true when it came to Monument Hill and the Kreische Brewery in La Grange Both the monument and the …

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    Easter Egghead

    June 1, 2001 Kurt Wilson This April I dropped in on my lady friend. She had a surprise for me. “Honey,” she said, “I bought you some dye.” “Great!” I replied, “I haven’t done that since I was a kid.” …

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    The Big Loser Bowl

    March 1, 2011 Kurt Wilson I spent the New Year’s holiday with my friend Alton Livingston who is ninety-five years old. Although he remains remarkably active, it is, I think, safe to say his football playing days are past. However, he …

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    Temple of the Mind

    Published online 29 November 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2009.1114 News ‘Temple of the mind’ unlocked Map of fundamental brain receptor opens doors to treatments. Daniel Cressey Click here for a larger image.Gouaux, E./Nature The full structure of a fiendishly complicated …

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    The Republican’ts and Health Care

    In a brilliantly crafted speech, President Barack Obama put our country’s health care crisis center stage last night before a joint session of Congress.   It was a landmark speech filled with straight talk and good ideas. For those who …

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    The Nature of Home – II

    Return to Nature of Home – I If you want to find out what human beings really care about, follow the money. Here are some eye opening statistics that will give you a sense of how profoundly important “home” is …

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    The Nature of Home – I

    Copyright 2009 – Christopher K. Travis Those who follow this blog know I run an architecture firm and an Internet technology startup at Truehome.net – both of which use a systematic approach to creating an “experience of feeling at home” …

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    eFarmony®

    June 1, 2009 Kurt Wilson Not long after I settled into the editor’s chair here at The Register I got bit by the internet start-up bug. There must be something in this area’s water. Chris Travis (publisher of this periodical) …

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    Anyone for Tempest?

    June 1, 2009 Kurt Wilson Since this issue of The Register is being circulated during that part of the year that includes the Fourth of July, I’ve been thinking about Emma Lazarus’s poem—the one on a plaque at the base …

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    Truehome in Washington Spaces

    Washington Spaces, a high end home and lifestyle magazine in Washington, D.C. is now highlighting an article about Truehome and our “emotional architecture” approach to design. Our thanks to Libby Burns for picking us as one of the most interesting …

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    Revelatory Christmas – New Vision of Economic Value

    by Christopher K. Travis I no longer live in a world with a collapsing economy. I am creating a new one. This Christmas our family decided to give non-material gifts to the adults in our family.The week before the big …

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    Loving Jim Crow To Death

    by Christopher K. Travis   I got a call November 13th, nine days after the election of America’s first African-American President. The caller – whose voice had the characteristic twang of my fellow rural Texans – asked me “…why none …

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    As Compassionate as the Next Guy

    December 1, 2008 Kurt Wilson Let Let me say this in the beginning: I give to the Red Cross after tsunamis, hurricanes, and earthquakes. I’m as compassionate as the next guy.  However, there are limits. Last week I got a …

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    Spaced Out!

    Winter 2005 by Christopher K. Travis   Truth in Humor: Some folks think one shouldn’t use humor to make serious points about humanity or the state of the world. I cannot agree less. There is something inherently hypocritical about the …

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    Round Top Register Endorses Barack Obama

    As I have mentioned before on this blog, I run a tiny rural quarterly newspaper that comes from a town with a population of 77 in central Texas. Our next issue goes to press early next week. The Texas Democratic …

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    The Truth

    The truth is a good thing. It’s just that you have to be a mite careful with it. You don’t want to waste it in situations where it ain’t fittin’. A smart fellar don’t go around tellin’ the truth any …

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    Artificial Intelligence

    My computers try to trick me when I’m not lookin’. I’m not quite sure what they is doin’, but I know they is pullin’ something. Sometimes I hear them makin’ odd cricket noises when I go in the kitchen to …

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    A Mighty Footrest is Our Dog

    Kurt Wilson  Shortly after moving to suburbia, we adopted Yuppie the Puppy. There’s some local ordinance or zoning code that requires suburbanites to have a dog. A BIG dog if you want to be in full compliance. Okay, I have …

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    Memories of War

    I have come back from Afghanistan, and I cannot say I had a very good time. What I did there was my business, and I do not plan to discuss it. It was a war, and that is a sad …

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    Where Is Uncle Sack?

    197 year old Register Columnist Missing – Editor Sick with Worry Offers $10,000 Reward to Anyone Who Finds Him Special Note from the Editor I met “Uncle Sack” one day in 1995 while fishing on Cummins Creek. He claimed his …

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    Progress and Congress in Everbody’s Business

    I love technology! Things just keep gettin’ better and better. I’m not one of them that claim the past is better’n the present. Most of them folks who talk about the good ol’ days never lived in ’em. It was …

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    Snoozing for the Gold

    December 1, 2000 Kurt Wilson Parents like to brag, and I’m no exception. Even accounting for my natural prejudices, it’s fair to say my twenty-one year old son is the Apolo Anton Ohno of sleeping. That’s why I want to …

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    Lose 50 Pounds in Ninety Days With the Amish Buffalo Diet! – Part Two

    Register Editor Sheds Huge Globs of Ugly Fat on Miracle Diet Plan! by Christopher K. Travis Step 2 – Don’t Worry, Be Happy Worry is what you do when you can’t, or aren’t, really going to do something about a …

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    Publisher – Christopher K. Travis

    Christopher K. Travis wears many hats. He is the publisher of the Round Top Register. He is the Managing Partner of Sentient Architecture, LLC, a full service architecture firm with offices in Austin and South Central Texas. He is the …

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    Lose 50 Pounds in Ninety Days with the Amish Buffalo Diet! – Part One

    Register editor sheds huge globs of ugly fat on miracle diet plan by Christopher K. Travis Fat, the final frontier. I quit smoking cigarettes in the 80s. I quit drinking in the 90s. Now I’ve quit overeating in the new …

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    Town Alderman Held Political Prisoner – Part One

    Local Councilman Confesses! by Christopher K. Travis Editor’s Note: This document discovered stuffed in a Shiner beer bottle that was found floating in Cummins Creek in late August of 1997. The author’s identity is unknown. Round Top – I’m being …

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    A WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS – Part Two

    by Christopher K.  Travis They drifted for over an hour until she suddenly heard a gush of excited expletives from the back of the boat. He was jumping around like a kangaroo. She was afraid he would capsize the boat. …

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    The Dumpman Cometh: Harold Bergmann Saves the Planet

    by Christopher K. Travis   Okay, I admit it. My wife and I are lapsed recyclers. We didn’t start out politically incorrect. We once did the right thing— sorting our aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic into separate piles and taking …

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    A Woman in the Wilderness: How an Ordinary Texas Girl Conquered Canada – Part One

    Wilderness Series – Two of Three by Christopher K.  Travis Editors   Note:   In our continuing tradition of interviewing powerful and influential people from our area, I have interviewed the most important and influential person in my life–my wife. …

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    ALL GOD’S CREATURES – Part One

    An Interview with Sister Angela of the Monastery of St. Clare Part 1 of 2 by Christopher K.  Travis Brenham – I drove to the Monastery of St. Clare on a beautiful morning. I was early, so I parked outside …

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    ALL GOD’S CREATURES – Part Two

    An Interview with Sister Angela of the Monastery of St. Clare Part 2 of 2 by Christopher K.  Travis In Round Top, we have 90 people. When we have antique events where 50,000 come, we always think, “Thank you for …

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    A Cry in the Wilderness: The Register’s Editor and Queen Paddle into the Canadian Wilderness, Part Two

    Cry in the Wilderness – Part II   In the Boundary Waters, you are only allowed to camp at “designated campsites.” A designated campsite consists of a cooking grate and a path that leads to a fiberglass composting latrine. Each …

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    Sandy, Texas – A One Man Town

    Sandy, Texas – Fall 2012 by Christopher K. Travis   Sandy sits by the door. He looks good…weathered Levis…just the right tilt on his hat…a piece of straw in his mouth and those lazy eyes. I remembered why I had …

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    Mules, Plows, and Marriage Vows

    Read September 1995   Round Top, Texas-December 1995 by Christopher K. Travis I’ve been married five times and never divorced. That’s one of the mixed blessins of living to be 191. You get a lot of joy, but you also …

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    GIRLS OF ROUND TOP

    Round Top – Fall 1995 Christopher K. Travis   This is the story of three girls who became women in Round Top. They were teenage girlfriends during the depression. They worked together, played together and raised families together. Today all …

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    Town Alderman Held Political Prisoner, Part Three

    Local Councilman Confesses! A few days before the questionnaires came back, I met one of the other aldermen and two other citizens he had drafted for the task of raising the two new flag poles. The grass had gone in …

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    Hummingbirds and Humdingers

    Read June 1995 Uncle Sack Round Top, Texas-September 1995 Christopher K. Travis   Editors Note: I met Uncle Sack one day while fishing on Cummins Creek. He claims his name is Sackfield Brewer and that he was born in 1804 …

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    Marshall Zapp Luger

    Round Top – Fall 1995 by Christopher K. Travis   A series of reports on the exploits of Round Top’s legendary Town Marshall     If ever a man deserved the thanks of his town, it is Round Top Marshall, …

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    Town Alderman Held Political Prisoner – Part Two

    (Continued from Political Prisoner – Part One) Those two are gone now, but many of their friends and relatives still live in Round Top and perpetuate the German community that has remained vital and virtually untouched from the 1850s until …

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    Talk Territory

    Round Top-June 1995 by Christopher K. Travis People are just like the rest of God’s creatures; we need a space to call our own. It’s built into our natures by what they call these days “genetic imprint.” We used to …

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