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    Sutton County Courthouse

    by Basaic Written Mar 29, 2010

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    The Sutton County Courthouse was built in 1891, and looks like a cross between a traditional Texas Courthouse and the home from the Addam’s Family. It is one of the more interesting courthouses in the state. There were several Veteran's Monuments, and historical plaques on the courthouse grounds.

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    Wildlife (not nightlife)

    by EatonHill Written Feb 4, 2009
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    I am a local and my favorite place to visit (really a tie with the Caverns) is the wildlife sanctuary. Eaton Hill was barely started when the last tips were written. Pretty much untouched by grazing critters, the Hill has native vegetation undisturbed by commerce. There are about 3 miles of trails. There are 3 entrances, one right downtown behind the County Courthouse (which, by the way, has been completely restored since the last tip was written and can be visited during weekday business hours).

    There are several geocaches on the Hill and the one-story turn-of-the-century Eaton house is being turned into a Visitors'/Interpretive center.

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    Wildlife (not nightlife)

    by EatonHill Written Feb 4, 2009
    Buckeye Entrance--one of 3--to Eaton Hill
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    I am a local and my favorite place to visit (really a tie with the Caverns) is the wildlife sanctuary. Eaton Hill was barely started when the last tips were written. Pretty much untouched by grazing critters, the Hill has native vegetation undisturbed by commerce. There are about 3 miles of trails. There are 3 entrances, one right downtown behind the County Courthouse (which, by the way, has been completely restored since the last tip was written and can be visited during weekday business hours).

    There are several geocaches on the Hill and the one-story turn-of-the-century Eaton house is being turned into a Visitors'/Interpretive center. No charge and open daylight hours.

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    Caverns of Sonora..

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    Brochure from Caverns of the Sonora

    Caverns of Sonora is a wonderful cave, and I love caves! We love caves so much that we took 5 of the cave tours offered when we visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Now you will find that the Caverns of the Sonora is not a large cave, as you will only wind though about a 1.5 mile trail (depending on if you take the short or long tour). Also it does not have huge rooms or gigantic formations, but it is definitely the most beautifully decorated cave that we have ever seen to date. In many rooms the walls and floors are covered with cave popcorn and cave corals. In other areas the formations glitter with crystals. Also many of the stalagmites and stalactites are covered with cave corals and crystals. You can see dog-toothed spar, helicites, which grow spikes in many directions, hollow soda straws, cave bacon, and flowstone. The colors varied from bright white to an almost rust color. You will also see a type of thin crystal called “fish tail.” In one of these formations two fish tails came together to form a “butterfly” shape. The following web link will not only give you good information about the cave, but also has great photographs of some of the formations:
    www.swtexaslive.com/node/3443

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    Caverns of Sonora

    by texasjld64 Written Jul 27, 2006

    These caverns are very interesting, if you're into that sort of thing. There are very interesting formations, and while I wasn't impressed with the guide we had that cold day in February, I liked the tour in general.

    Now, what did I do with those pictures???

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    Exit

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The early explorers of the cavern used arrows to clearly mark the quickest route out of the cave. Most of this arrows are clearly visible today. So for those of you who are claustrophobic (person with a morbid fear of being closed in a confined space) you can rest assure that the exit is several arrows ahead :).

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    Is it a vase or a couple...

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Is it a vase or a couple kissing?
    If anything, this tour is about opening your mind and expanding your imagination. So look at all the rocks and formations and try to link a common picture to what you're seeing. On this particular picture, I was reminded to the imfamous picture we've all probably seen. You know, the optical illussions in which the image seems to show two things at the same time. This picture looks like the imfamous vace, or is it a couple kissing?

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    Coral formations

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    At the start of the tour, you will walk through several impresive cavern rooms with corral and popcorn like formations on the wall. More on the popcorn formations later, but for now, take a look at this amazing pic. It almost looks like the coral one encounters while scuba diving in the ocean.

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    Inside a whale's mouth :).

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Oh what would a kid give to see the inside of a whale... not the true whales, but the ones in cartoons and stories. Imagine Moby Dick, then enter the last segment of the tour. The white coated walls are amazing!

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    Crystal Room

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    This is perhaps the best room in the entire cavern. You have to cross this bridge that leads through the majestic Crystal Room, thus why it's call the Crystal Tour. This room is totally made from crystal-like formations. It's an amazing sight!

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    Butterfly

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The Caverns of Sonora can boast about this beauty. It's the only natural forming crystal butterfly known in the world. It was formed by two helectites. By the way, there are thousands of helectites in this cavern. A helectite is a formation that defies gravity. Unlike a stalactite (grab 'tight' or you're fall to the ground) and a stalagmite ('mighty' climb from the ground up ahead of you) where gravity is a clear force behind them, helectites defy gravity and just stand out sideways from the walls of the cavern.

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    Strip Bacon or Indian Chief...

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Strip Bacon or Indian Chief headdress
    This use to be 'the' icon of the caverns of Sonora. See, the imfamous formation ressembles an Indian Chief headdress, or for other hungry folks it resembles strip bacon. Unfortunately, the formation was forever damaged when a clumsy guide smached a piece off it while cleaning the tourist path. It's a sad lose indeed, a high price for development.

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    Soft formation

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    I cannot remember the name given to this type of formation. The only thing that comes to mind is that this is the only soft formation of the cavern. I don't know much about the technical aspects, but it sure looks like slime to me.

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    Tribbles

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    This is for all the Star Treks fans out there... doesn't thise picture remind you of the cute tribbles? In reality, these is a unique cavern formation that was partially formed underwater. In this particular picture, you can witness the diestinctive waterline that forced the change in environment from the ball-like formations that are formed underwater to the other formations above, which are formed above the water line.

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    Straws

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 5, 2002

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    You'll have to expand the picture to see this one... Notice the tiny hollow stalagtites? Yeap, these are known as straws. I've seen them in other caves before. Legend has it that if you where to cut one out you'll be able to use them as a straw since they're hollow (hence the name).

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