Memory Lane Road Trip~Part 9

29 Aug

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites


Day 9 – Wednesday 4/25/2018


After another great breakfast, in the breakfast room, with my cousins George, Gerry, and Delois, I said my “Goodbyes” to them and headed northeast to start my day by visiting the Cavanaugh Flight Museum located in Addison, TX.  This museum has four hangers full of beautifully restored aircraft dating from WWI, and most of them fly. It is very unusual to find a museum that takes such good care of their aircraft.  As a plus, the museum has several aircraft that you can get a ride in, if you have the money.  I was told that when not on tour, “FIFI” one of only two flying B-29’s in the world, is maintained there at the Addison Airport.



Next I headed a few miles east to visit the North Texas Auto Museum located in Richardson, TX.  When I got there, the door was locked and I saw a guy walking around inside so I stood outside, knocking, until he came and opened the door.  I told him I was there to see the museum’s cars.  He said the facility had been converted into an indoor go-cart race track, and that the museum’s car collection was only available to be seen during special events, being held there at their “Wedding & Event Center.” You will have to read the reviews on their website to get the whole story.



Now I headed a few miles north to visit the Interurban Railway Museum located in Plano, TX. This museum turned out to be in a restored 1901 electric railway car that wasn’t open yet.  I read up on the Texas Electric Railway, on a Historical Marker there at the site, and learned that the railway system was established in 1917. This provided local rail service to the growing rural communities around the Dallas area.  The rail service continued to serve the outlying rural businesses and commuters until the end of 1948.



While I was in Plano, I checked out the Auto Source of Texas, only to find out it wasn’t the auto museum I thought it was, but a used car dealer with borderline Internet advertising.  So I headed north on US-75 to Melissa, TX where I picked up SR-121, northeast thru Westminster and Trenton to Bonham, where I turned east on US-82.  I followed US-82 east all the way to Petty, Texas where I started looking for Brookston.  I had two addresses for the Flying Tigers Airport (abandoned), one in Brookston, TX and one in Paris, TX.  Greta and I checked out both addresses, but didn’t find any remnants of an airport at either address.  So I just kept going northeast on US-82 to visit the Fort Smith Trolley Museum located in Fort Smith, AR.  This small museum gives rides on a 1926 Heritage Streetcar (Trolley) on their ¾ mile long track.  The museum also has three early 1900s streetcars, three steam locomotives, and several other pieces of rolling stock in various stages of restoration.



Next I drove into downtown Fort Smith to visit the U.S. Marshals Museum.  This small museum displays memorabilia and artifacts, that tells the story of, and honors, the U.S. Marshals Service from its inception, with the Judiciary Act of 1789 to the present.



Just a few miles southeast of downtown, I visited the Fort Smith Air Museum.  Greta took me to the Fort Smith Reginal Airport, but I couldn’t see a museum.  I circled the area twice, and finally stopped and went in to ask someone about the museum, and was told it was right there inside the terminal.  The museum turned out to be artifacts and memorabilia housed in several Plexiglas display cases, to honor pioneer and military airmen from the Fort Smith area.



It was getting late, so I asked Greta to take me to the motel.  She took me across the Arkansas River, just a few miles outside of Fort Smith, to the motel located in Van Buran, AR.  After I got checked in, I warmed up my leftover Jambo’s BBQ Ribs again. I always love a good BBQ Rib plate after a long day on the road.  Don’t you?



—–To Be Continued—–




Bill is a retired Mechanical engineer living with his wonderful artist/writer wife, DiVoran, of 61 years in Titusville, Florida. He was born and raised in the Southwest, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, attended Northrop University in Southern California and ended up working on America’s Manned Space Program for 35 years. He currently is retired and spends most of his time building and flying R/C model airplanes, traveling, writing blogs about his travels for Word Press and supporting his wife’s hobbies with framing, editing and marketing.  He also volunteers with a local church Car Care Ministry and as a tour guide at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum there in Titusville.  Bill has two wonderful children, two outstanding grandchildren, and a loving sister and her husband, all of whom also live in Central Florida, so he and DiVoran are rewarded by having family close to spend lots of quality time with.




One of Bill’s favorite Scriptures is:  John 10:10

3 Responses to “Memory Lane Road Trip~Part 9”

  1. Eric Men September 10, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    Cool post! Looks like y’all had fun. I live in Addison and earned my private pilot’s license at Addison Airport. The Cavanaugh is a great museum; although I haven’t gone there in a long time. Didn’t know there was an auto museum in Richardson!


  2. GP Cox August 29, 2018 at 6:04 am #



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