Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Ozona, Texas (I)

Roberta, the woman who runs the Crockett County Museum, is a very patient person, judging from my plethora of questions regarding Davy Crockett, former Senator from Tennessee and King of the Wild Frontiertm, who is not even in the Crockett County Museum. This is because Davy Crockett had nothing to do with Crockett County.

—Maybe he camped here once.

—Not as far as we know.


—No connection whatsoever.

However, Roberta tells me, the Davy Crockett Memorial across the street does have an interesting story. The statue was originally commissioned by the town of Crockett, near Nacogdoches and 400 miles from Ozona and Crockett County. Unfortunately when the artist delivered the statue, Crockett, it turned out, didn't have the money to pay him.

It's not a bad work, and so the fathers of Ozona offered a better-than-nothing price. Being better than nothing, the artist accepted, and soon Ozona became the proud home of a brown highway sign and a Davy Crockett Monument.

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