Saturday, April 16, 2022

Visiting Lajitas and the Contrabando Film Site

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The Mayor of Lajitas TX

While I was in Lajitas, the first thing I wanted to do was to pay my respects to the mayor.  Clay Henry III is the only goat that I know of to hold public office, so it seemed appropriate that I stop by and say hello.  He and Mrs. Henry have a pen just outside of the state park; the winds were still a little high today, so they weren’t very active, however I’ve read that they will happily accept a beer if you give them one.

Lajitas Cemetery-1I also stopped by to see the Lajitas cemetery while I was here.  Some of the graves go back to the early 1900s, and many of them are no longer marked and are only recognizable by the pile of stones that cover them. The history of this area is amazing to read about; much of it predates the American Revolution.

Filmsite-2After a short tour of Lajitas, I drove back to the state park to see the Contrabando Film Site.  I’ll be honest, this was a bit of a disappointment.  Just a single building is all that is left after flooding damaged the other buildings and they were pulled down in 2015.  The site has been used for a few movies in the past, however it was originally built for a movie called “Uphill All the Way” with Roy Clark and Mel Tillis.  You can watch the movie on YouTube at that link – this site shows up about fifty minutes into the movie.

This looks like a nice picnic spot, and their is a composting toilet nearby, so it might be a nice stop if I was just passing by.

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Mayor of Lajitas
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Clay Henry III
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Old Grave at Lajitas Cemetery
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Newer Graves at Lajitas Cemetery
Lajitas Cemetery Info
Historical Marker
Inside the Contrabando Casita

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