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Around the Square
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 13, 2013

Poles.

Posts.

Columns.

We run into them.

We dig holes for them.

We set them.

We lean against them.

Was a day when we tied our horses to ‘em.

Now we string wire and cable from them.

Running electricity and telephone service here, there, and yonder.

We also wrap posts with barbed wire.

Run flags up a pole.

Build a porch with columns.

(Those always add a touch of class.)

A variety of poles, posts, and columns can be seen marching around the square.

Start at the northeast corner.

Square metal posts support the overhang in front of Willow Creek Café.

Next comes old-timey decorative metal posts in front of Mason County Chamber of Commerce.

Weathered cedar posts stand in front of The Cotton Patch.

Shain Chapman Law Office has square wooden posts.

Then it changes to columns in front of David Young Law Office.

Keep heading west.

Round metal poles appear.

This time in front of the Mason Square Museum.

Cross Broad Street and continue on.

Round decorative metal posts enhance Square Plate.

Then come several round metal poles.

Makes me think any moment the music might start.

And merry-go-round horses will magically emerge from the sidewalk.

Hinckley’s General Store also boasts round decorative metal posts.

On the other side of the square, cedar posts support First State Bank.

A different kind of bank hold-up.

Next door, decorative metal posts define Citizen Insurance.

Last, but not least, our very own Mason County Courthouse.

Gracious.

And graciously restored.

Solid and stout.

Standing tall.

Standing firm.

A jewel in the crown.

Historical.

Proud.

And lofty.

Thanks to Doric columns.

Built in 1910.

And carefully tended to ever since.

One of the finest in Texas.

That’s our courthouse.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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