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Articles & Photo Essays Williams Ranch
  • 6-3-13
    Guadalupe Mountains National Park
    Culberson County
Grave marker
  • 3-22-10
    "Back in the 1870s a stage was attacked by Indians and a man, Jose Maria Palancios, was killed. He was buried right where he fell, at the base of the Peak and a crude rock slab had the information scratched on it."
The Quest
Mr. Gibson has driven all over Texas many times in search of the 1936 Texas Centennial Markers. Here are a few of his stories:
Moss Spring Searching
  • 10-1-10
    Searching for the “Buried Here”1936 Texas Centennial marker
  • 9-6-10
    Where to start describing how I visited the five foot tall granite 1936 Panola County Centennial Historical Marker for the defunct town site of Pulaski, former seat of Panola County?
  • 5-29-12
    It was a momentous occasion for me... I was finally going to meet Ruthie Cade. Literally minutes before, I had been able to find, after a previous failed attempt, the gray granite Centennial Marker placed at the grave of Perry Alsbury in a hidden, overgrown area within earshot of I-10. That marker was the 1,089th marker I have seen of the 1,136 placed way back in 1936 to memorialize the multi-year celebration of Texas' Independence from Mexico. Here I was, after having seen nearly 96% of that total, meeting the one person who made a lot of that search possible.
The Journey Begins
“Do you want these?” My sister, Peggy, had walked into our partnership office with three Walmart bags under each arm. Each bag contained a year of Texas Highway Magazines. She was clearing out her closet and decided not to keep them any longer. Rather than just toss them out, she asked me if I wanted them.
For the past several years three of my sisters and I had taken road trips around Texas. Peggy did all the planning while I did the driving. Ann and Betty Jean tagged along not caring particularly where we went but just enjoying our time together. Peggy used the magazines as a resource of places to visit. On different trips we went to the usual tourist spots like Sea World, The Big Bend, Galveston, Port Aransas and Jefferson. It was in Jefferson that I first began to really appreciate the uniqueness of Texas, but it was no big deal to me at the time.
Peggy had decided she didn’t need to keep the magazines any more, and not using better judgment, I said that we could just put them in our office attic. About that time, I began reading James Michener’s novel, “Texas”, so it was natural that in a few months I began to drag out a few copies of the old magazines to see if I could find anything familiar that I might have read about in the book.
That’s how it all started. Now, ten years later I have driven over 120,000 miles in Texas and taken over 70,000 pictures of everything from old country churches to courthouses and jails to bridges and signs, and finally of nearly all of the Texas Centennial markers that were placed all around the state back in 1936. But that’s a whole ‘nother story.
One can only wonder what I would be doing right now if my sister had just tossed those magazines without asking me about them. I’d probably be working on a stamp collection or such but not having nearly as much fun.
- Barclay Gibson, April 2013
Three Poems by David Knape:

God was thinking
one fine day,
why not another
man of clay
so he took some parts
he'd thrown away,
and formed them into
a bar of clay
he rolled them up
into a batch,
though the parts
would not all match
still it was good
in its own way,
God kept the thing
named it Bar-Clay
now Bar-Clay
wasn't satisfied,
he wanted
something else to try
God got upset
at Bar-Clays nerve,
sent him to Texas
with time to serve
now Barclay's doomed
his dreaded fate,
to ride the backroads
of the state
and in his travels
can be found
forever lost
and turned around
yet who can say
his penance done
Bar-Clay's the one
who's havin' fun
for Bar-Clay now
accepts his fate,
travelin' the state
for Texas Escapes!

O'er hills he roams
in his trusty truck
with his camera on
and a little luck
He'll photograph
a town or two
takin' pictures of all
without revenue
Following trails and rumors
ghost stories too
each town like a treasure
found out of the blue
Still the search is his passion
Oh the memories he makes
for love of Texas
and its wild escapes!
Upcoming Attractions
He plied the highways
always blessed
to travel Texas from
one end to the next,
An inquiring mind
the lone pretext
to photograph
what might come next.

Features Texas Bridges Special Feature
  • 11-3-08
    Chevelon Canyon Bridge Winslow Arizona, Querino Canyon Bridge on Old Route 66 Houck Arizona, Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Redding California, and Yaquina Bay Bridge Newport Oregon.
Texas Towns - Courthouses, Jails, Centennial Markers, Churches, Signs, Murals...


Burton Breckenridge Bethany Menard Patricia Freyburg Katy Mobeetie Tascosa Fodice Rice Corsicana
  • 11-2-15
  • TE's 3200th Town 9-28-15
Bethel Blanket Greenwood Luther Ackerly Greenwood Whitt- Irving Dunn Canadian Magnolia Cistern Gail


Readers' Comments:
  • "Thanks for posting such great collection of photos from all round Texas---enjoy surfing some of these. Recently traveled to DFW area on business and had a weekend to drive around----Waco, Cleburne and TX-67, no freeways --visited some great spots, met a series of friendly folks and saw some of South Texas. Your photos helped me realize a bit more about Texas, its spirit and its people----thanks. Keep up the effort--clearly you bring some excellent skill to the effort. Kind Regards," - CC, March 06, 2015
  • "I love everything about what you do-from the concept to the execution. I will be trying to keep up with your work. I'm anxious to see what you do next." - Dianna, Sept. 11, 2013
  • "You have some wonderful marker photos. There is so much information. I even learned some things about my home town of Taylor. Before taking my grandchildren on a family history tour, I found the picture on the internet of the Jackson County marker you photographed. We descend from both F.F. Wells and his son-in-law Clark Owen. I also descend from the Brackenridges of Jackson County, so we wanted to see the marker. It had been temporally moved to lie under a tree at the administration building, something of a let down." - Genie, Sugar Grove, Illinois, August 02, 2013
  • "Thank you for sharing your photos taken at , Floyd County, Texas. I grew up there and although there is mostly nothing left there, your photos were fantastic shots of familiar landmarks. Thank you! I am thoroughly enjoying looking at even more of your photos of familiar places. Thanks so much for all your efforts." - Stephanie, July, 2013
  • "I came across your photos during a search on Cemetery. My dad is buried there and I have not been there. I plan on going in the near future but in the meantime these photos are precious to me. They give me a sense of connection to my dad and thus means so much to me. Thank you so much!" - Mona, May 2013

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