The Alamo was one of many famous sites the Fun Club visited on their “Best of Texas” tour. The Alamo was the first mission in San Antonio to be built by Spanish missionaries for their Indian converts. Later it became a fort and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, following a 12-day siege. Prior to visiting the Alamo, the Fun Club learned the events which led to the battle via an IMAX film. They also toured the San Jose Mission which is the most intact of the five missions in San Antonio.
The Fun Club cruised and strolled on the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. They enjoyed a horse-drawn carriage ride in the downtown area and explored numerous other sites including the El Mercado Market, the San Fernando Cathedral and the Japanese Sunken Garden.
Enroute to Texas, the travelers visited the Oklahoma City Memorial and walked through the Field of Empty Chairs to the Survivor Tree. They toured the Fort Worth Stockyards Station which was one of the largest in its heyday. A longhorn cattle drive, a gunfight re-enactment, dinner at the fabulous Joe T. Garcia’s, and a rodeo at the Cowtown Coliseum were some of the other fun activities in Fort Worth.
The Fun Club explored the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin and the LBJ Ranch in Texas Hill Country. They enjoyed seeing the fields of bluebonnets and other wildflowers at the Wildseed Farm. The group visited the German town of Fredericksburg and had fun in Luckenbach which is a favorite hangout for country music fans. A fun-filled evening was spent at the Knibbe Ranch where they saw a prehistoric Indian site, viewed a buffalo jump site and visited a herd of F-1 Tiger Striped cattle via a hayrack ride. They also sat on a longhorn and enjoyed a chuckwagon dinner and the cowboy entertainer.
The travelers visited Magnolia Market and Spice Village at Waco Texas. Both were made famous by Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” TV fame. They had fun strolling on the Suspension Bridge in Waco which was an important bridge on the famous Chisholm Trail and the current site of life-size bronze figures which celebrate the cattle drives. In Dallas, the group toured the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the SMU campus and also toured Dealey Plaza where President John F. Kennedy was shot.
Fun Club Travelers
Those who participated in the tour were Allen Larson, Doug and Wanda Peterson and Trudy Anderson, all of Stromsburg; James and Susan Watt, Toni Allen and Bonnie Wilson, all of Bradshaw; Frieda Goertzen and Marcia Regier, both of Henderson; Doris Rogers and Nancy Seward, both of Fairmont; and Jim and Sandi Swanson and Mary Carlson, all of Utica.
Other participants were Gerry and Pam George of Waco, Vauna Fort of Aurora, Kay Johnson of Wahoo, Sharon Nelson of Holdrege, Wally and Donna Driewer of Fullerton, Joyce Dose of Hampton, Agnes Loukota of Exeter, Don Wegner of Scotia, and Ron and Kathie Klute of Lakewood, Ill.
Travelers from York were Curt and Mary Folkerts, Doug and Missy Heiden, Dick and Sue Hodge, Jim and Wanda Hoover, Steve and Norma Moseley, Galen and Lynette Naber, Dave and Karen Peters, George and Anita Wochner, Bonnie Wilshusen, Mary Scott, Jane Rhodes, Marjorie Bredow and escorts Bernice and Dave Mettenbrink.