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Just A Little St Jo, Texas History

Just A Little St Jo, Texas History

Looking for a day trip north of Dallas, Texas? Go North towards the Red River to historic St. Jo, Texas your destination.

These images were taken in 2003 before St. Jo began it’s metamorphosis into what I believe will someday be a must do historical destination stop for Texas travelers. It has an amazing history and now combined with the restorations underway it’s well on it’s its way.

With the help of Donna Howell-Sickles who has come home to her roots, with her cowgirl heritage she has been instrumental in putting St. Jo back on the map. The town square has a new face and the restoration continues.

St. Jo is just the place to unwind, have a great cup of coffee at the JahveHaus  and must see is the Stonewall Saloon Museum. You have to make sure you take a look  Donna Howell-Sickels collection of Cowgirl Fine Art at her “Davis & Blevins Gallery” while your there.

Feeling the need for a substantial lunch drop in to Debbie’s Lazy Heart Grill named after her Grand Father’s cattle brand the Lazy Heart. I can personally recommend Debbie’s cooking I have enjoyed it on many occasions.

Anther great stop along the way is C.T. Cappell’s custom boot shop. One of a kind boots made by a one of a kind artist. Carl Chappell’s skill as a boot maker has earned him much recognition over the years.  He has won more than 20 boot making awards including multiple wins in the Master’s Division along with the Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers” award for the 2011 Boot Maker of the Year. A pair of Carl’s boots is a walking piece of art.

If golfing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, or motocross is your passion you might want to stay a while. The Texas Kings Hotel named after the kings of Texas, “Cattle, Cotton and Oil”, is what you are looking for. Located in a turn of the century building on the town square the Texas Kings Hotel is guaranteed to take you back in time to the days of the wild west when big herds of cattle were still moving through on their way to Kansas. It’s tiny so book your reservations early, it might be the only place where you can book the entire hotel. Talk about privacy.

St. Jo is what I like to call the North Texas Hill Country with grass, it’s history is a long one and has it’s roots in the big cattle drives of the past. I lived in the area for several years and I can attest to the hospitality of the wonderful people who ranch and live in this unique corner of Texas.

Enjoy my photos and I hope you plan a visit soon.


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