Old Fire Station
When the Georgetown Fire Department and the Rescue Hose Company were founded (about 1881/1882) manpower provided the muscle for moving their truck to the site of the emergency. A 'bucket brigade' carried the water from the hose to the blaze.
pic #2 The old fire bell
It's believed that the creation of these organizations came after a large fire struck Taylor, Texas wiping out most of its businesses (February,1879). Georgetown wanted to be ready in case a similar circumstance descended upon the town.
A new firehouse was constructed with some Italianate embellishments (1885) 'north of the standpipe for the truck and hose carts'. It stands as an example of 19th century fire houses.
Today the station remains the city's prime fire station. Inside, a museum displays old firefighting equipment, a 1922 Seagraves fire engine, vintage photos and other paraphenalia related to firefighting.
*Location: 816 Main Street; 817-512-3473. See www.georgetown.org for more info.
DRIVE-THRU CONVENIENCE STORE
I HAD NEVER SEEN ONE OF THESE BEFORE this one in Georgetown, and I later saw another in Austin, so it must be a Texas thing.
Its a simple metal building, and apparently you can drive in one end and, from your car, purchase such items as soda pop, potato chips, lip balm, scotch tape, and who knows what, then drive out the other end!
Now why didn't I think of that?
JUST AT THE EDGE OF THE AUSTIN HUSTLE & BUSTLE
"GEORGETOWN, TEXAS -- and SOUTHWESTERN UNIV."
SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IS a four-year institution with NCAA division 3 sports.
To reach Southwestern from Interstate 35, take exit 261 and go east. You will be on highway 29, also known as University Avenue. Near the east end of town you will see the University on the north side of the street. You can drive your car through the campus. Parking, of course, is at a premium but there are a few visitor spaces marked.
"WOLF RANCH SHOPPING MALL IN GEORGETOWN"
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL NEW MALL recently completed in Georgetown. The photo shows some of the many stores available (see more in my "shopping" tips).
To reach Wolf Ranch, take exit 261 and go west a very short distance. You will see it on the south side of the street.
The original property on which the mall was built was indeed a ranch and was called Wolf Ranch. Its nice that they preserved the name.
"THE TOWN SQUARE"
THERE ARE MANY HISTORIC BUILDINGS in the Georgetown town square, not the least of which is the courthouse itself, in the center of things. There is also a visitor center on the square.
To reach the square, take Exit # 261 and go east on University Avenue until you reach Austin Avenue, then turn north a few blocks and watch for the courthouse on the east side of the street.