The Occasional Road Tripper
Random street portraits around the country.
Amarillo to San Antonio
The drive from Amarillo to San Antonio takes you through a few small west Texas towns. Each offers a glimpse into what it was like in the past. Many of the old buildings are still standing with the signs still readable. Our first stop was Post, TX a small town that is doing better than just hanging on. Post is the home of Jackson Brothers Meat Locker, a full service meat supplier and the producer of the finest beef jerky and smoked German sausage anywhere. The old Tower Theater sign is still there, too. Holly's Drive In is a cool old diner that is still operating.
Ballenger, TX is a town I've passed through before but never stopped. I'm glad we did this time. Pam and I had lunch at the Gonzalez Restaurant in the old Texas Grill site. The sign is still up and is a bit faded. Pam had tacos al pastor and I had the guiso, a meat stew. Both excellent. The owner was barely hanging on during the pandemic but now that lockdowns are lifted in Texas, the restaurant is nearing pre-pandemic business levels. I'm happy for her. Ballenger also has the old Texas Theater sign restored and the building still being used. Great old neon sign.
Paint Rock and Eden are small towns near each other and process wool from the sheep farmers in the area.
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