2011-10-13 / General Stories

The Wild West Comes to Giddings

Giddings 140th Birthday Celebration is quickly approaching. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family on Saturday, October 29. There will be a Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the Giddings Public Library before the Birthday Parade which will go around Veteran’s Park. There will be a Spooktacular Fun Run at the Lee County Fair Grounds for all those little ghosts. Downtown the arts & crafts area will be set up on the Landmark Square parking lot between Hwy. 77 and Burleson Street. Burleson Street will be closed to through traffic for the day to accommodate the event. Handicap parking will be available behind the Senior Center.

The City of Giddings and the Chamber are hosting the event to celebrate our history and heritage. Several authors will be here to talk about their books on Giddings and Texas history during the 1870’s. Rick Miller, author of “Bloody Bill Longley” will be here to talk about the real Bill Longley. Visit the Depot museum for a chance to see many Longley artifacts, including some from the Smithsonian dig.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will kick off the Dedication ceremony with a Cannon Salute at high noon where Representative Tim Kleinschmidt will read the proclamation designating Giddings as the “Depot Capital of Texas.” The Giddings Study Club will announce the winners of the Birthday Essay Contest and other dignitaries will speak.

We will have the Spoiled Doves, Gunfighters of Texas and the Texas Mounted Gunfighters on hand to tell the story of Giddings outlaws and lawmen. Authors Bob Alexander, Doug Dukes and Bill O’Neal will also be here to talk about their books. The Texas Ranger Museum will have a table in the Union Station Transportation Museum with information and a raffle.

The Friends of the Depot- Giddings, Texas are raffling off two ice chests handcrafted by Ronald Myers made of original wood from doors of Southern Depot, Circa 1880’s. Tickets are available at the Red Depot. Make plans to attend this exciting event.

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