On The Back Porch
January is coming on and this story and poem is based on a January event. Texas is a state that is filled with history and lore. And this is often apparent when we find ourselves out and about doing research for my writing or just enjoying the beauty of our great state. When my young bride, Stella, and I travel to Alpine, Texas to be a part of The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we plan our stay at the Quality Inn . Not only is it a great location, but some of Texas’ best people stay there! This hotel also allows me to entertain their guests in the lobby once the western sun sinks behind the magnificent bluffs that abound throughout this part of Texas real estate. The lobby walls are covered with murals that depict the history of this area. One wall is a picture of a historic event that occurred on January 28, 1891. It sets the scene for a winter gather or round-up of steers to be shipped to market.
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