Fashing, Texas and Peggy, Texas

Ever wonder how towns get their names? Fashing Texas has some interesting history. Peggy Texas is just down the road.  Around 1920 residents constructed a one-circuit phone list. Fashing had no electricity until 1930 when the Karnes Electric Cooperative was opened. Less than 50 people live in Fashing now and around 20 in Peggy.

Peggy-fashing map

From the historical marker: Near the Old San Patricio Trail, leading from San Antonio to McMullen and McGloin colony, in area of Gulf of Mexico. In this vicinity were stage stops at Belle Branch, Rock Spring, Rountree’s, and Tordilla. Land was part of the Butler, Hickok, Tom and Rountree ranches. Town was platted in 1915 as “Hickok.” However, after the U.S. Post Office Department disapproved that name, the tag on a popular tobacco — “Fashion” — inspired adoption of the name “Fashing” for the town.

First schoolhouse was built in 1917; a second, 1921. The Methodist church, organized 1922, erected first house of worship (building moved in from Bastrop) in 1925. In 1934, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church was built. The Martin Luther Lutheran Church was erected 1948. Present school building was completed in 1952.

A center for mineral development. First local oil production was from Weigang Field, 1946. Tordilla Hill (5 mi. N) was site of first major uranium discovery in Texas in 1954. After further petroleum strikes in Fashing Edwards Limestone Field, 1958, gas and sulfur processing plants were built by the Elcor Chemical Co., Lone Star Producing Co., Sinclair Oil and Gas Co., and Warren Petroleum Corp. Currently, the only commercial uranium operation in Texas is near here.

The old store and post office in Peggy Texas
Farm machine shop in Downtown Peggy Texas
First called Hickok, then Hindenburg. The name Fashing, is from “Fashion” brand tobacco. It it also named after the German Fasching . Most all the first settlers were German decent.
The old Fashing school
Catholic Church in Fashing
The former Lutheran Church is now the Peggy/Fashing community center
Methodist church

Rain and then….

Looked like we were in for a few storms. Just got a good soaking, and then a double rainbow that turned into the brightest one I have ever seen.

Watching the storm coming in was great
Beautiful formations that changes quickly
Here comes the rain!!
Then the rain stopped, and this appeared.
We are at the end of the rainbow.

Just finished grilling, then some rain, and finished up with this rainbow. Life is good!!

New Gate we are now Working

We moved to Whitsett, Texas to both work at a local ranch oil gate for several weeks.  Great opportunity because we can both work day shift and pay is double what we were making before. This is located west of Kenedy about 45 miles. We have moved the motorhome to a park in Whitsett and only a 5 minute drive to work now!!

Bigger shelter with indoor bathroom and small kitchen area.
office 2
Our office for about a month or so.

Not Very Smart

Most of the oil rigs we work on are located on small 2 lane Farm to Market roads. Some are in better shape than others, but all have a lot of truck traffic and they drive fast. The gate we are on now is at the bottom of a hill in both directions. I saw this yesterday, this truck driver passes his destination and decides to turn around in the middle of the road.

I was ready for the crash
He had to pull up and back several times. I was sure we were in for a big accident.
Lucky for him and everyone else he got turned around with only a pickup coming over the hill, he saw him and was able to slow down while he blocked the road turning around. Exciting times in the gate guarding business.


Wildflowers in Kenedy Park.

We visited a city park in Kenedy. Wow, it was loaded with wildflowers. It was a great find with very nice walking paths all through the park.


Bluebonnets with some yellow flowers mixed in.
This was a bridge that was moved here when it was no longer needed.
The cactus were loaded with buds.
Even a working windmill.
The wind was really blowing this day creating waves of the taller native grass.
Beautiful gazebo with a waterfall and small pond.
What a great park, we were impressed!!

Gate Guarding and more

We now have a gate that we are working the day shift. It’s in a great location close to Fashing, Texas.

Fashing has some interesting history. Read about it HERE

gate shack
Our new work place.
We have cows that come and visit every day.
In the mornings before sunrise all the lights sometimes attract Moths. Here is some of the most colorful ones.
Very cool colors

Roadside Beauty

We had to take a trip to Beeville to have our fingerprints done. This was to complete our security license requirements. We ate lunch at Elder’s Country Store and Market. It has been there since the 60’s and we had a very good and affordable lunch special of chicken fried steak, potatoes, and green beans. On the way home we stopped at a park on the side of highway. Lots of huge oak trees and wildflowers.

Roadside park in Beeville


I forgot my DSLR camera but not bad for a iPhone



A great day in Beeville. We will be back!

Gate Guarding First 3 days

Just finished our temporary relief Gate Guarding gig. I worked the night shift and Laurie worked the day shift. We were pretty close to town, only about 2-3 miles from Karnes City. As you can tell we were not out in the middle of nowhere as several homes were around our rig.

Guard Shack
Our work location and all the comforts of home!!
Oil Rig
Sunset in the Eagle Ford area. Our oil rig can be seen between the trees on the left.

This will be something totally different than any jobs we have done in the past and will be a great way to make good money in a short period of time.