Thursday, February 13, 2020

Brownsville, TX Again (2/13/2020)

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time to check out of the hotel.
A sunnier view of the Gulf of Mexico from the Palms Resort
After being picked up by John, we went to retrieve Pat who was volunteering to set up for a quilt convention. We were able to get a sneak peek at some of the quilts.
Patriotic quilt using trapezoids
Wow, unique disappearing nine patch (?) design
Fan pattern quilt
Fan pattern quilt detail
3-D design quilt
Attic window design variation quilt
Six-pointed star design quilt
Star quilt detail with sequin bling
Colorful quilt, using triangles to create curves;
note the hard-to-see edging
Original design quilt
Positive-negative design quilt
Positive-negative quilt detail
Quilt with kaleidoscope effect
Kaleidoscope effect detail
Okay, a nod to Texas: Dallas Cowboys quilt
After breakfast at Pat's and John's condo, we headed back to Brownsville.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral (founded 1850,
built 1856-1859, by Father Pierre Yves Keralum,
in Gothic Revival style)
Cathedral interior with sky blue canvas-lined vaulted ceiling
and chandeliers from France
The pulpit is made of mesquite wood
Chapel with statues of St Jerome, Our Lady of
 Guadalupe, St Martin de Porres, and
perhaps St Benedict (KSS)
Our Lady of Charity (KSS)
Memorial to the Missionary Oblates of Mary
Immaculata, who founded this church and others;
the hexagonal sign marks the Oblate Fathers Trail
linking the churches they founded (KSS)
Market Square, site of open-air market started in 1852
Former City Hall (1850) is now the Market Square Event Hall and
Research Center of the Brownsville Historical Association
E Washington Street from E 12th Street
Shop front with earrings
Shop front with wedding bouquets
Rutledge Hamburger Stand (established 1922)
was constructed in the alley between two buildings
Holy figures from many religions
Mexican dresses
Stillman House (c 1850) is one of the oldest houses in Brownsville;
one owner was the Mexican Consul to Brownsville who later was
involved in a plot to overthrow the  Mexican president in 1875;
now the Brownsville Heritage Museum
14th Street Plaza murals (2019, by Monica Lugo, Samantha Rawls and
Alexandria Canchola) that represent sisterhood and female empowerment
View down an alley
Entrance to the Gateway International Bridge to Mexico
View of the Gateway Bridge through the border fence
Here the fence follows the curve of the Rio Grande
Demonstration in Xeriscape Park, protesting the so-called
Migrant Protection Protocols/MPP which in effect traps
all asylum seekers and immigrants on the Mexican side of the border
Banner in Xeriscape Park (KSS)
The bars on this bench do not deter the homeless from sleeping!
Former Cameron County Courthouse (1912-1914, by
Atlee B Ayres in the Classical Revival style) now houses
county offices and County Court at Law #1
Old County Jail (1882-1883) is an example of the Spanish Colonial
Border Brick style); it later was converted into a store with living quarters
The windows are still barred in the former jail
We had a late lunch at the Vermillion Restaurant and Watering Hole, experiencing another Texas specialty: chicken-fried steak. Oh, so "comfort food" good!
It was time to be dropped off at the Brownsville airport and say our goodbyes. We are very grateful to Pat and John for a fabulous and busy "winter break." ¡Muchas gracias!

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