Independence Day at Old City Park

July 4, 2003
Joe Veneziano and Bill Andrle pose for a picture. Joe gave a presentation on the history of the depot and railroad watches. Bill knew more about self-winding clocks, so he did most of the talking about them. Park visitors were fascinated learning about the standardization of time that occurred in the late 19th century. Bill Andrlie shows visitors old railroad watches that were provided by a Chapter 124 member. Bill briefly explained their purpose and some of their history. oe Veneziano teaches a young visitor and his Father about the Morse code and the telegraph. This is the old Fate, TX railroad depot that was donated to the park. It was an ideal location to display the railroad watches and self-winding clocks that played such an important part in railroad transportation.
Ever wonder where the educational classes are held in OCP? Right here on the second floor of this building. The bank is about to get "robbed." There was a big, LOUD, shoot-out. That is the sheriff sitting on the bench in front of the bank. Old City Park "Downtown". People in Victorian costumes wandered the park, and bands and parades kept music in the air. There were hay rides all day. In addition, there were pony rides as well as a petting zoo for the children.
The hotel is all decked out for the Independence Day celebration. Farm animals are at home in Old City Park. The mules seem to favor the shade of the tree on this July 4. The goat doesn't seem to mind the heat. An old wagon and other farm equipment is on display at the Park.