My friend, Andy and I recently visited Lockhart, Texas, the county seat for Caldwell county. First order of business was to enjoy some fantastic barbecue. Our first stop was Black's Barbecue and they didn't disappoint. We were also treated to a personal tour of the pits by pit master Kent Black (see photos below). Kent shared with us the history and origins of Black’s Barbecue. We learned everything from the kind of wood they used to the smoke the meats (Post Oak aged no less than a year) to how the restaurant began. If you’re in central Texas and enjoy good BBQ, Black's definitely worth a visit (as I'm sure are the many other fine barbecue establishments in Lockhart).
After the great lunch at Black's, we set off exploring the town. I found Lockhart to be a beautiful town full of wonderful people. Kent was just the first of many friendly folks we encountered that day. Everyone was very welcoming. The bailiff unlocked the courtroom for us to go in and photograph. A gentleman at the First Christian Church unlocked the church so we could photograph inside as he told us about the history of the renovations. The folks at the library invited us to come back for a Dickens celebration in December. A shopkeeper at a local 50's style soda fountain chatted with us about the recent Formula 1 races in Austin. Everywhere I turned, friendly and welcoming folks wanted to share what they knew and welcome us into their world. Never before have I felt so welcomed by so many strangers in one day. Anyway, Andy and I stuck around for twilight to photograph the courthouse all lit up and with a vivid blue sky. I'm glad we did.
An interesting aside, directly behind me as I took this picture is a row of storefronts. One of them is a tiny barbershop with a spinning barber pole outside the door. I learned from the barber that this barbershop has been in continuous operation, as a barbershop, since before the current courthouse was built in 1898.
Here is a corner view of the courthouse during the day.
We had a great time in Lockhart and look forward to going back and for more BBQ.