Down in Salado, Texas there are a lot of old things to see. The town has a colorful history, and it isn't too "tourist-ized" yet, like many towns these days.
This tree may be as old as the famous ones at the Alamo, maybe even older.
Part of it was practically growing sideways last time we were there.
It got some help when someone put a stump under some of its limbs, but that was decades ago. There's no way someone could lift that heavy limb now, it's as big as some big tree trunks!
There was once a water pump and a cement trough that stood beside the tree when it was younger.
It appears that was long ago though, when horses would stop by for a drink.
Maybe that was when the stagecoach -- or the covered wagon -- was the only means of transportation to and from other towns!
This wagon has sat in Salado for many years, just down from the old tree. It seems as if the family just pulled up and jumped off, and forgot to come back...
The covering is gone, but the ribs that held the cloth covering up are still there just waiting for the next adventure to come along.
It kind of reminds me of a pick-up truck. There's even a step-up on the old sideboard, just like the ones we have now.
I wonder if the pioneer menfolk talked about "horsepower" when they got together, like our car guys do now?
I think the pioneers were one tough breed of people, no matter where they came from. Times were harsh, but it appears the ride in the back was a little harsher! Just look at those boards...
There's no stagecoach left in Salado, except this replica for kids sitting outside the old Stagecoach Inn.
If the covered wagon was the pick-up truck of its day, then it appears the stagecoach was the true mini-van or SUV (sports utility vehicle) back then.
Can you imagine cramming in beside the other passengers on a hot steamy August day?
The upstairs was still used for a bar, The Stagecoach Club, when we were there, and the dining room had been greatly expanded. If you chose to go to the bar back then, let me warn you, the stairs were narrow and steep just like in the olden days!
Let me assure you, the meal was worth the wait! Not only was the food good, the experience was unique. Back in the stagecoach days, the routes were sporadic and a wagon wheel break might delay the stage.
The Inn only needed the waitstaff when the customers were there, so a system was developed around when the stagecoach arrived.
When we were there a few years ago, a version of how the restaurant operated back then was still in play. There was NO written menu for the guests.
Note: The ladies in olden times were local housewives who came to do a shift when they heard the stagecoach coming through the town.
When we were there lunch was a fabulous four-course meal. The ladies came to your table with an appetizer and told you what was available for each course.
There was tremendous variety of food being served, and it was all delicious. It was also very fun! But it looks like things might have changed since a renovation was done, so you might want to check their website if you're thinking about going any time in the future.
Thanks for dropping by!