An Old Eagle
August 12, 2014
Bill and I took a lot of small highways from Gruene to our home in Waxahachie, TX on this Sunday. We saw some neat towns, and really enjoyed the little town of Bartlett, Texas. It had what was most likely once a very lovely downtown with some great old buildings. This building was the Bartlett National Bank, and the date on the building was 1909. The brickwork, as you can see was really decorative and there were lots of wonderful touches. The eagle here was repeated several times on the front of the building, and down the side of the building facing the street.
Bartlett was officially formed when the Katy Railroad started their survey in 1881. Earlier settlers had been living in the area for the 30 previous years. The population was around 300 in '84 and the town was established as a shipping point for cotton. There was also a cotton gin, hotel, grocer, butcher and school.
Bartlett incorporated in 1890 when it was a thriving town with two weekly newspapers and a bank.
Unfortunately, today the bank building is closed and uninhabited. It's such a shame to see such lovely old building not being used, but I'm sure the cost to get it into a usuable state would be expensive. Nonetheless, we enjoyed walking around at it, photographing all of it's architectural elements which were wonderful.
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Sorry I couldn't comment yesterday, will try to be better today.
Have a 'high-flying' day today my friends!