This is “Making With Texas,” so I am going to talk more about my Texas. Think of this as a travel piece, if you will, because by the end, you’ll want to come to the Coastal Bend of South Texas.
I say in the intro there that this is a travel piece, and in a sense I suppose it is. Mostly, though, I just want to talk about where I grew up. I talk about it a lot in a similar post to this, one that talks about beaches. I didn’t grow up with a beach for a backyard, but I grew up around Matagorda, Port Alto, Magnolia and Indianola, and Olivia. Those weren’t home, either, though. I grew up in Ganado, which is about half an hour from Olivia.
Ganado is small. I graduated with 45 people, which for many people is very tiny, but I wouldn’t want anything else. Our town is so special, too, and I talk about it a lot in another post about the Ganado market.
Ganado was settled in the 1800s along the new railroad. All it had at the time was a bunch of cows, hence its name Ganado, which means “cattle” in Spanish. That said, it does have a large Hispanic population, but a lot of us are Czech or German. It isn’t unusual to hear someone call a beer pivo which is Czech for beer.
In Ganado, we have a bit to do, especially for someone who’s into small town Texas. We have a an old theater that opened in the 1940s, the first in the U.S. to have digital fiber optic sound, and is one of the last to be privately owned.
We have a monthly market, as well as a few shops, like a western wear store and a fabulous quilt shop. There’s a good Mexican restaurant, barbecue joint, burger place, and a little place that sells Blue Bell. Throughout the year we have festivals, like the Chili Spill and Crawfish Festival, complete with a dance and games. There’s Lake Texana, too, if you’re a fisherman or kayaker. If freshwater isn’t your thing, half an hour or so away is bay. You can to Olivia, Port Alto, Port O’Connor, or Port Lavaca, among other places.
Left: Olivia | Right: Lake Texana
There are many other cute towns around, especially if you go farther inland, a little away from the coast: Edna, Victoria (downtown is so old and beautiful), and Cuero, as well as up north into Fayette county. Oh, and you can’t forget Shiner!
Okay, so many of those towns are a good hour and a half or so from water, but we’re all close together. In one weekend, you could hit our theater and listening room- the Rear Window, Cuero’s beautiful antique shops and come back for Turkey Fest, Victoria’s downtown (you must drop some cash and eat at the Sendera) and come back for Boot Fest, to Shiner for some beer, then to Flatonia for the Czilispiel and the painted churches.
And all along the way, you’ll see cows and horses, beautiful fields of corn and cotton, green very gently rolling hills or the flat land that leads to the water, old barns, wild flowers, wrap around porches, creeks and rivers, and bails of hay.
It’s not much, but it’s home.
It’s who we are.
You’re always welcome!
***Images/logos are not mine. I don’t own them or have any part in them whatsoever, nor did I in anyway edit or change them. I just wanted some visuals for readers , visuals that I myself could not just “get” at the time of this writing. I found them from the following sites via Google Image search:
LAKE TEXANA:LAKE TEXANA: http://wiseabouttexas.com/texas-towns-texana/lake-texana/