Invaluablist

useful | enduring | unembellished

by Greg Kagay

Pioneer Museum, Fredericksburg, Texas

Photo Gallery

January 2019

Historic buildings feature a wealth of items and construction techniques that exemplify the three key invaluablist traits: useful, enduring, unembellished. Here in the Texas hill country, many museums and other attractions preserve such items and offer them to anyone curious to walk around and see them. Fredericksburg's pioneer museum houses several historic buildings tied together by the theme of the town's German-settled roots. It has been a few years since I visited; today I poked around on a rainy afternoon and took photos. (25 images)

Walton Smith Cabin, CA 1880

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Pioneer School

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German/English Teaching

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English textbook. Powerful title.

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Pioneer waste paper basket.

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Elegant brackets of school's coat rack.

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School bench. (I cannot pass up a bench without taking its picture; I love simple benches.)

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Blacksmith's shop. I would love to have an anvil like that; what a great prop.

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This clever machine makes fence mesh out of wire. Just turn the handle.

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Root cellar. Fantastic flooring.

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Cellar nitch with crock.

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Hutch, crock and shelves.

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Seeing a simple hutche like this makes me want to go home and make one.

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Extremely simple cellar shelving. "Effective storage."

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Lovely ladder.

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Elegant shelf bracket.

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Size large bench in old store.

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Coffee cabinet.

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Simple panel door without Z brace.

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Size extra-large armoire.

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Another nice simple bench.

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Much exterior wood here is exposed, lacking finish. Yet, it seems to endure on these shaded porches.

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Privy

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Sunday House (used by ranchers when they would visit town on Sundays).

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Auf Wiedersehen

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