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What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: November 26, 2019 05:18PM
This is my first time in Texas. Unfortunate circumstances bring me here (sister-in-law has died, my wife is executor and we are here for a week to inventory her assets and clean out her house). At any rate, we would like to see something worthwhile as we probably won't return.

We are in the small town of Dayton, east of Houston, and there is nothing of note anywhere nearby as far as I can tell. Not even any feral pig sitings like those 30 miles south as noted a few threads below.

Any suggestions?



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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Anonymous User
Date: November 26, 2019 08:58PM
There is not much there, maybe some wolves, but take a look:

[thedaytripper.com]



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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: November 26, 2019 09:16PM
Eat at some of the mom and pop cafes and BBQ joints. Folks in East Texas are really nice.
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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: November 27, 2019 07:34AM
There's not much east of Houston. The San Jacinto battleground is all I can think of.... but it is VERY Texas.

[www.sanjacinto-museum.org]



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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: rz
Date: November 27, 2019 08:28AM
oil refineries
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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: November 27, 2019 08:49AM
Hennessey is 100 miles away, but if you want to see the some fast cars including the 270 mph Venom GT it should be worth the trip Hennessey
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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 27, 2019 10:57AM
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Dennis S
Eat at some of the mom and pop cafes and BBQ joints. Folks in East Texas are really nice.

If you're the "right kind" of person. Orange and James Bird will will live in infamy.
Not a lot to see. I rarely stop between Houston and Lake Charles.



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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: MarkD
Date: November 27, 2019 01:59PM
It depends on what you want to see and do and what kind of transportation you have at your disposal. 87% of the Texas population is east of or adjacent to i-35. Dayton is on US 90, the old highway before i-10. It comes into Houston from the NE and an industrial area. The Kingwood/Humble area up 59 is much more modern suburbs of Houston.

Houston has all kinds of restaurants, sights, etc. Museums of every sort, etc.

East Texas has lots of timber and oil. Lots of lakes for fishing, outdoors. Even an Indian reservation somewhere around Dayton. Anahuac has swamp areas and other natural habitats--including lots of alligators if your interest is so inclined.

San Jacinto Monument is taller than the Washington Monument and has a museum. I think the Battleship Texas is now closed as repairs are scheduled. Galveston is not that far for a day trip. Off-season but still things to do. Galveston was a key Texas city until the hurricane of 1900.

Stark family house in Orange Texas is interesting. The family that was rich in timber became richer in oil. First Presy church in Orange was the first public building west of the Miss. River to be airconditioned. Stark Art Museum is a great western art museum that is off the beaten path. The Stark family has some good Russell and Remingtons and lots of artists from Taos, NM. Beaumont has a "Boomtown" with a museum about the oil bidness there. They also have a Museum about the Gulf Coast including stuff about Janis Joplin. There is a firefighter museum in Beaumont with the largest fireplug around. Lots of eats with Seafood and with cajun. Beaumont has a reputation for several spicy sausage BBQ. Swamp tours by airboat close to the coast. Lake Charles down i10 about 30 miles into LA has the casinos and there is a racetrack close to the state line. Lots of History throughout east Texas. Sometimes start with the County Courthouses as the center of the town and the County. This was indeed the frontier at one time.

PM me if I can be more specific.
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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: MarkD
Date: November 27, 2019 02:27PM
Re-read your post. Sorry for your loss. If your wife is the executor, she will probably speak with the attorney handling the estate. The attorney and his office would be a great source of suggestions. the curious neighbors who see you over at the house will offer suggestions and opinions regardless of whether you ask or not.
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Re: What to see in Texas (east of Houston)?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: November 27, 2019 04:56PM
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MarkD
Re-read your post. Sorry for your loss. If your wife is the executor, she will probably speak with the attorney handling the estate. The attorney and his office would be a great source of suggestions. the curious neighbors who see you over at the house will offer suggestions and opinions regardless of whether you ask or not.

Thanks MarkD. We have a rental car, but can't afford the time for a full day's trip. The house we have to clean out has stuff scattered everywhere, with financial and legal records in every desk, on shelves, and in every closet.

The attorney is very personable and we actually had a pleasant conversation about a locale we both know: Nantucket, MA of all places! He had no suggestions for local sites of interest for visitors here.

As for neighbors, none have come over, though a few have waved politely. The dead-end road the house we are cleaning out is on has many narrow lots with tiny houses or mobile homes. This house is on 3 lots, is the only brick house in the area, and at 1000 or so SF it is larger than any other house in the area. Definitely situated on the poor side of a poor town.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. We may get to Beaumont on Sat or Sun.
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