Saturday, October 7th, 2017 | 8:30am - 12:00pm
Where We Will Meet
Old West Coffee Cafe, 110 W Main, Pilot Point, TX
Where The Walk Will End
Old West Coffeek Cafe then on to Aubrey, TX!
About This Walk
The “Square” in Pilot Point (the oldest town in Denton County, TX) is a step back in time for those who enjoy photographing historic architecture/old buildings, ghost signs, windows, painted doors, a vine covered old jail, an old gas station (turned restaurant), and an antique fire truck. There’s even the Farmers and Merchants Bank building built in 1896 standing proudly on the corner (it was used in the 1967 Warren Beatty movie “Bonnie & Clyde”)! The gazebo in the center of the square currently has a collection of WWI dog tags from soldiers primarily living within 50 miles of Pilot Point. The Pilot Point Commercial District was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in August 2007.
We’ll check in between 8:30-8:45 inside the Old West Coffee Cafe (have a quick cup of coffee if you like), introduce ourselves then point out particular photo ops before spending about 1 – 1 1/2 hours wandering the square and close by areas. Walking will be easy, there’s a few up/down steps and just about everything is within sight of the center of the Square. Then for those who wish to continue, we’ll go to Aubrey – see the Updates Tab! Come dressed for the weather (sunscreen if necessary) wearing comfortable walking shoes. Photography equipment can be a camera, cell phone, iPad….your choice. Those wanting to bring tripods, please do!
I’m a hobby photographer, been organizing “groups and people” throughout my career before retiring two years ago and am also a member of the Heard Nature Photographers in McKinney, TX (currently coordinating their annual digital photography contest that next happens in February 2018).
Come join us for a morning of fun photography, meeting new folks and reminiscing about times gone by. We welcome photographers of all ages and experience levels for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. If you have questions, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214/478-2107.
Reminder: Check the “Updates” tabs for new information on the walk!
Let’s Look at a Map!September 13th, 2017
Although it was published in 2009, I think you’ll find this walking tour map most interesting! It tells the history of the buildings that comprise the Pilot Point Square. (Note that Bldgs #19-22 shown on the map are no longer there – they were destroyed in a fire). Fun to see the note saying “some stories are based on local folklore and legend”!
Walkers might want to bring along a copy of the map to enhance your walk experience! https://www.cityofpilotpoint.org/objects/Walking_Tour_Brochures_111209.pdf
Something to Look For in Pilot Point!September 11th, 2017
Ok – so, what does Thurber, TX, have to do with Pilot Point? At one corner on the square, look for the Thurber Brick Company logo on the red-orange bricks. Thurber, now a quick photo-stop 75 miles west of Fort Worth on I-20, was once home to Texas and Pacific Coal Company which also produced vitrified paving bricks. These very same bricks are not only found in Pilot Point, but they are also found in the Fort Worth Stockyards! Check out Thurber, TX – once home to 8,000-10,000 people, it’s now listed among the ghost towns in Texas and is a dusty stop in the road! …….. Just an interesting side note to our walk in Pilot Point! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurber,_Texas
Let’s learn about Pilot Point!September 3rd, 2017
Historical Events for Pilot Point (copied from Wikipedia)
Pilot Point was platted on Christmas Day in 1853. G.W. Newcome was the surveyor, from Kentucky Town, Grayson County, Texas. The streets were laid out and lots were sold. One of the first buildings in the newly founded town was on the North side, a log building, home to the Star Drug Store operated by Dr. R.W. Eddleman and Alexander Cook, who came by covered wagon in 1852 from Missouri. Dr. Eddleman’s brother-in-law, Major James Walcott, also built a General Store on the Northeast corner of the new town square. The town got its name from being the highest point in the area, thus an observation point for crossing the Trinity River. The wagon pilots nicknamed it “the Pilot’s Point” long before there was a town. On October 13, 1908, several Holiness Christian groups came together and formed the Church of the Nazarene at Pilot Point. A memorial commemorating the event is located at the local Church of the Nazarene facility, approximately two blocks west of U.S. Highway 377. Other churches in the community hold particular historical significance in the community. First Baptist Church, Pilot Point Church of Christ and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church are among the oldest, continuously functioning Christian congregations in the community. First Baptist Church claims an 1856 founding date that precedes the Civil War. Pilot Point Church of Christ claims a founding date of 1864 and boasts that it currently occupies the meeting house built by church founders in 1874 from timber hauled by ox-drawn carts from Shreveport, Louisiana. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church claims a founding date of the winter of 1891-1892. The Pilot Point Church of Christ and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church are designated as historical sites by the Texas Historical Commission. Rev. J.L. Truett (the brother of the famous pastor George W. Truett of First Baptist Church-Dallas fame) was the first pastor and founder of Calvary Baptist Church which formed in 1907.
The City of Pilot Point, Pilot Point Post-Signal (newspaper), and Skinner Cemetery are also sites of local historical significance and are designated sites by the Texas Historical Commission. A series of memorial markers permanently installed in the center of the town square commemorates the service of multiple generations of men and women from the community and area who sacrificed their lives in military service, primarily in the 20th century.
Pilot Point is well known for its horse ranches, including several world and national show horse champions.
We’ll have more updates as we get closer to walk day! Thanks for joining us!
More photo-ops added! Come on along!!August 20th, 2017
8/20 Update! We’re adding another most-interesting destination into our walk for those who wish to continue! Shortening our time in Pilot Point to 1-1 1/2 hours, we’ll take a brief 10 minute drive to more “love the old stuff” treasures …. an abandoned peanut drying mill, a thorny-vine covered Suzuki (letters on the side say “Samurai JX”), a GMC International R-160 Series pickup that hasn’t seen a paint job in a very long-long time…. then there’s an intriguing alleyway sporting peeling painted doors/windows!
We’ll have lunch at Mom’s Home Cooking in “historical downtown” Aubrey – a photo op in itself!
Oh, what a morning!!!
If you’re getting one of the Kelby Walk t-shirts – please wear them for the walk! Reminder that 100% of the purchase price goes to the orphanage and you have a t-shirt to commemorate the day!