Saturday, March 18, 2006

Places: Nacogdoches, Texas

Azaleas Bloom in Oldest Town in Texas

This weekend is expected to be "full bloom" for the azaleas at the Ruby M. Mize Garden in Nacogdoches, the largest azalea garden in the Lone Star State. The annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail is just one of a number of diverse cultural surprises in this east Texas town, which is home to Stephen F. Austin University.

Nacogdoches was founded as a Spanish mission in 1716 in an area populated by the Caddo Indians. It's the seat of Nacogdoches County. A town of about 30,000, Nacogdoches is about 140 miles northeast of Houston, and 85 miles southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Its proximity to Shreveport is what brings Nacogdoches to my attention. Sometime in the early part of the twentieth century, Frank Gines of Caddo Parish moved to Nacogdoches. Frank was the son of Richard William Gines and Sylvia LeJay Gines. He married Willie V. Cole and they had eight children: two boys and six girls. As a result of the large number of daughters (several of whom were married more than once), today in Nacogdoches, Frank Gines' descendants bear the surnames BROWN, DAWKINS, GILES, MAXIE, ROGERS, SAMUELS, WALKER, WALTON, and WEAVER, as well as Gines.

Link to Nacogdoches Genealogical Society

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