Monday, January 31, 2011

Tucker Train Trip to Texas

Tucker No. 1050
at Dick's Classic Garage
Your faithful blogger traveled from Los Angeles, CA to Austin, TX on Amtrak's Texas Eagle this past weekend.  I spent a day-and-a-half in a cozy "roommette" watching the spectacular Southwestern U.S. drift by my window.  Arriving on Sunday morning, I promptly rented a car and drove to Dick's Classic Garage in nearby San Marcos, TX, home of Tucker No. 1050No. 1050 is a beautiful maroon example of the Tucker '48, with less than 1 mile on the odometer.  Also featured in the collection are a thoughtfully curated selection of classic American cars and trucks manufactured  between 1929 and 1959.  The founder of Dick's Classic Garage, Dick Burdick, also operates the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosanky, TX, about an hour's drive northeast of San Marcos, TX.  CTMAH houses a much larger and more diverse collection of American and European vehicles, as well as a vast collection of automotive memorabilia.

Hays County Courthouse
in San Marcos, TX
San Marcos, TX--located about 40 minutes south of the state capital in Austin, TX--is the home of Texas State University.  The town features a charming county courthouse square surrounded by local shops, restaurants and businesses.  This includes the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, which focuses on the early political education and career of our 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, while he was attending what is now Texas State University.

(Post and photo credits: Kit Fox)

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