Old Skool Saturday

As an homage to QF, who likes her Old Skool pics, here is an old photo of the train station near downtown Laredo awaiting the arrival of the Missouri-Pacific rail line at the turn of the 20th century.

Many, many years later–before lawsuits became part of the public school vernacular–LISD would take elementary school kids on field trip train rides to Encinal and back.  For 6-7 year olds, it was a fascinating trip through the South Texas desert, much of it barren save for the few trucks and cars driving up and down I-35 back in those days (pre-NAFTA and pre-100,000 people living in Laredo).

Of course that practice has been shelved.  Now it takes 20 parental permission forms just to go to the Shirley Field complex from Leyendecker Elementary.  But, those were different times of course.

The Union Pacific is now there as you can see from a different angle shot taken more recently.

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5 Responses to Old Skool Saturday

  1. Que Fregados says:

    I love this post!! You can old skool me all the time!! By the way, my impulsive ida y venida trip with my truck driver friend to Wisconsin was canceled. Now if the train still ran, maybe I would have still gone by myself. You keep posting with yo bad self :).

    • kbinldo says:

      Hey QF, you can still get a 15 day train pass on Amtrak & circumnavigate the country. 🙂 Something I’m seriously looking into doing, since it’s cheaper & more environmentally friendly than a solo cross-country road trip.

  2. Ed says:

    Nice post. One correction “–when lawsuits were NOT part of the public school vernacular–” Keep them comin’. : )

  3. Bertha Galvan says:

    aye (deleted)

  4. daisy says:

    my bestie’s hubby works for UP, oh the stories… ;P

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