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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Uvalde County Historical Marker, Early Texas Wagon Yards
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Dimensions2896 x 1944
Original file size1.35 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken25-Jul-08 14:07
Date modified25-Jul-08 14:07
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length55 mm
Focal length (35mm)82 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/200 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Early Texas Wagon Yards

Early Texas Wagon Yards

Uvalde
Uvalde County, Texas
29 12.573' N 99 47.168' W

Text: Places of shelter for drivers, teams and wagons. Here travelers could cook bacon, eggs, beans, coffee; talk with friends and strangers. For people from the country, a wagon yard was both a hotel and a social center. Unusually it was an open area flanked by a shed, stalls and feed rooms. It might cover a city block, and charges were 25 (cents) to $1.00 a day. Drivers pulled into yards, cared for teams, found cooking and sleeping space. Men or families might stay for weeks, await kin or goods coming by train or stage. Amusements were practical jokes, gossip, games, music by fiddle, guitar, harmonica. Young boys overcame bashfulness, learned to dance, roller skate, whip bullies. The yard was center for trading goods and horses; obtaining advice on travel, work, weather. Some yards were stops for stages and freighters. A block west of this site was wagon yard of F. A. Piper Company (predecessor of Horner's Store). Like many Texas merchants, Piper built and ran the wagon yard to aid customers, who used it free of charge. Modern transportation has made the wagon yard a relic of the past, but it has a secure place in the history of pioneer days in Texas.