Seniors Like Texas – Senior Citizen Travel – By Jim Becker
Recently I was watching a rodeo on TV that featured bull riding. One of the cowboys was from Decatur, Texas, thus this travel blog. Senior travelers will find Decatur is located in Wise County which was established in 1856.
Taylorsville, in honor of Zachary Taylor, was made the county seat. Absalom Bishop, an early settler and member of the Texas Legislature, opposed naming the town after a Whig Party member, and in 1858 arranged to have the name changed to Decatur, in honor of naval hero Stephen Decatur.
The first post office and school were established in 1857. The town began to flourish and in the early 1860s the first of four courthouses was erected and later, new stores. Ranchers and herders would come in off the Chisholm Trail to grab supplies. Remember that old trail? It was used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle overland, from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads.
Seniors Discover A ‘Best Kept Secret’
Although Decatur is a small city, 6300, senior visitors will discover many amenities offered in larger cities: six popular parks, a regional hospital, lots of places to shop and dine, a large public library and a challenging 9-hole golf course, Decatur Golf Club.
The local Chamber of Commerce calls Decatur “one of the best-kept secrets in north central Texas”. The city square, centered around the Wise County Courthouse, provides senior visitors with a full taste of Texas hospitality with its shops, eateries, and a popular bed and breakfast. Decatur has immediate access to lakes, hiking trails, a state park and hunting properties.
Pack a picnic and head for Harmon Park located on the corner of East Mill Street and South Church Street. You will find an elaborate park with a large playground and 2 little league baseball fields and close by, a skate park. Once the home of Decatur Baptist College, it is now the Wise County Heritage Museum owned by the Wise County Historical Society. There are many treasures of late-Nineteenth and early-to-mid-Twentieth centuries housed in over three stories of exhibits. That’s where I would head for first on my visit.
The museum is alive with the activity of preserving Wise County’s past. The museum is the headquarters for the Wise County Historical Commission and the Wise County Historical Society, Inc.
There Are Lots Of Decaturs In The Country
After that, I’d dine with my wife at Sweetie Pies Ribeyes. With a name like that, I figure I just can’t go wrong.
I discovered on this blog that there are other cities named Decatur in Alabama, Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois and perhaps a few I missed. It is a popular city name. But seniors are invited to stop in Decatur, Texas and enjoy Texas at its best.
On your way into town, stop by the Visitor Center at 201. E. Walnut Street. -jeb
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