Friday, April 10, 2015

A to Z - Eye on Texas: I

Eye on Texas is NOT going to Italy, Texas.  I am making a rude assumption that they have bad pizza

Idalou, Texas is near Lubbock and involves cotton farming. Good for them, but does not make for a thrilling blog post.  Yawn

How about Iraan Texas - I bet that name can cause some issues these days, if you misspell it. This Pecos County town in West Texas was named after ranchland owners Ira and Ann Yates. 1926 discovery of oil is key to the boom growth at that time. Today the town of 1,600 has NO tourist attractions.

Let's throw in a bonus Downton quote from the Dowager - First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I'm living in an H.G.Wells novel.

So much for the Letter I


  1. I don't know, cotton farming could be interesting. My wardrobe is more interesting because of it :-)

    That's a great quote. Sounds like something my mum would sat :-)

  2. I like it that Iraan was named for the two ranch land owners! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog, Notes Along the Way!

  3. NO tourist attractions but a highly decorated marching band? Pity. But it's Friday, so I'll give you my favorite Dowager's quote: "What is a weekend?"
    ~Repaying the visit from AtoZ

  4. Who knew Iraanians hail from Texas? Joanne, you're doing a great job. This Challenge isn't easy, and I'm not yawning at all when I visit your Texan posts.
    Have a great Friday and weekend.

    1. we have a mutual admiration society, Robyn. I look forward to the Martha A to Z - each day is spicier.

  5. Yeah, you gotta say it like a West Texan...Ireean...that way there's no issues or mistaking the mesquite scrub Booming Oil Patch for that Foreign Oil place.

    That 'Beat Goes On Band' and their athletic teams are called the Iraan Braves, and believe me they are hard to BEAT!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    Minion for AJ's wHooligans

  6. Idalou--sounds like it was named after a pretty girl. :)

  7. For years I wanted to go to Iraan then in 2009 I finally made it. We were coming back home to L.A. from a visit to Houston and I convinced my wife that we should take a side trip to Iraan since we were ahead of schedule and it was a beautiful day.

    Actually there is the minor tourist attraction of Alley Oop Park and Museum since that's the town where the creator of the comic strip was from. I was a fan of Alley Oop when I was growing up and had heard about this place way back in about 1972 or so.

    I wrote about this visit in a blog post The Mystery of Alley Oop. We were the only visitors when we were there and the museum wasn't open on that day.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out