To escape the rain of Houston, Texas the Sunday before Memorial Day, my family and I decided to go snarfing [a Markeroni term for landmark hunting] in Nacogdoches, Texas. I looked up some places to go see there, and, lo and behold, there are a ton of them! We only went to a few before it started raining again. I have plenty of pictures [and stories] to share though.
Even the Landmarks Are Texas-Sized!
What Exactly Is That Funny-Named Town?
I'm so glad you asked, and lucky for you, I know the answer. Nacogdoches is located in East Texas, about 3 hours northeast of Houston and is known as the town of "firsts". According to the Texas Historical Commission, it is the oldest town in Texas. Some other "firsts for Texas" in Nacogdoches listed are as follows:
- First Ceiling Fans [to those up north it may not sound like a big deal, but it gets HOT here!]
- First Oil Well [drilled in 1866]
- First Oil Field
- First Pipeline
- First Steel Storage Tanks
- First 2-Story Building
- First Newspaper 
- First Wine Cellar
- First District Court Session