From Antelope to Wildhorse, traveling Texas can be as easy as picking up a book.  There is one, titled TEXAS TOWNS, by the late historical writer Don Blevins.  I picked it up in a bookstore and just can’t seem to put it down. Texas towns by the numbers?  That would be Dime Box to Twin Sisters.  Colors?  From Black to Yellowpine.  And all those personal names?  From Addran to Zipperlandville.  Even Balmorhea.  I learned it was christened for three real estate men: Balcolm, Morrow, and Rhea.

Tomball was originally called Peck for a well-known engineer, but renamed in 1907 for Thomas Henry Ball, “a moving force behind having the railroad routed through the vicinity”, says the book.  I can see some amusing time ahead for me… the table… reading about Redwine, Teacup, Pancake, Oatmeal, Noodle, Texas.  ……and Beans Place, Coffee City………..

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