the house of Moody

@ Galveston, Texas.

this 32-room mansion was bought by William Lewis Moody Jr from the family of the widow of grocery merchant Richard Willis six days after the great hurricane of 1900. he lived in this house with his wife Libbie Rice Shearn and their four children. they were one of Texas’s most powerful families. their business included banking, ranching, insurance and hotels.
Mr. Moody Jr who was proclaimed by TIME magazine as one of the 10 wealthiest men in the country died in 1954.

his daughter, Mary Moody Northen lived here until this mansion was damaged (again) by hurricane Alicia in 1983. she died in 1986

this 20-room (after restoration) mansion is carried on today by the Moody Foundation and the Mary Moody Northen, Incorporated, with the intent of carrying out her wishes to use it as a memorial to her family and a museum for Galveston.

an old street car

a free ride on the Heritage Festival, April 14, 2012. #1

this is a restored single-truck Birney safety car operated by Fort Smith Trolley Museum. it runs on about 0.6 mile (1.0 km) of track.  its public operation began in 1991.

it was built in 1926 by the American Car Company for the Fort Smith Light & Traction Company, and ran in Fort Smith until the end of streetcar service there in 1933.

Miss Laura’s

another historic place i visited on the Heritage Festival is Miss Laura’s. it was opened to public for free on the event. this Victorian mansion was a bordello. it’s the first and only bordello listed on the National Register of Historic Places. it’s located downtown Fort Smith, on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River, and right next to the railroad. according to the tour guide, in 1900 there were seven houses on “The Row”, Miss Laura’s is the only survivor 🙂

it has served as Fort Smith’s official Visitor Center, Museum, Gift Shop, tours, and local information since 1992
address: 2 North “B” Street 
hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM