The Final Stretch of US-80
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 16: Bossier City, LA to Dallas, TX
The first city of any size that we reached was Marshall (pop. 23, 523). Home to two historically black education institutions—Wiley and Bishop Colleges—Marshall was a center of activity in the Civil Rights Movement, staging peaceful sit-ins even before the well-known event in Greensboro, NC, launched the sit-in movement in 1960.
|COURTHOUSE DECORATED FOR WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS (photo from Marshall News Messenger)|
|GREAT TEXAS BALLOON RACE (photo from Longview News Journal)|
|WE KNEW THE FORECAST CALLED FOR STRONG STORMS; WE JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT.|
Early on during the storm, we shifted the car's position away from a couple of trees adjacent to the parking lot when we realized how strong the winds were becoming. Leaving campus we saw a pine nearby that had snapped and crashed during the storm. Such was the strength of the rain and wind that we didn't even hear the crash a hundred yards from our location.
|VARIOUS SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE AREA BOOK THEIR CLASSES FOR FIELD TRIPS HERE.|
We found some adult-size fun further west in the town of Grand Saline (pop. 3,136). Though it's pronounced suh-LEEN, the town's name does reference the 250 million year old massive lode of natural salt left by an ancient sea. Estimated at 16,000 feet deep, the deposit is mined by Morton Salt, the town's largest employer. It's one of three rock salt mines the company operates in the U.S.
|ROOMS IN THE SALT MINE CAN BE AS HIGH AS 85 FEET. (photo from Dallas News)|
|BONNIE & CLYDE ONCE ATE AT TOM'S CAFE(R), IN ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION.|
|SO LONG, 80!|
|WE'RE IN THE CITY NOW.|
Tomorrow we plan to spend the day seeing some of the sights in Dallas, a city we've never visited, though we've been through it and around it numerous times.
MONDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2016
• Ended in: Dallas, TX
• Miles driven: 239 (trip: 2,380)
• Weather: 67° to 70°, cloudy to strong storms to clear
• Letterboxes: Found 10, Planted 0 (trip: F41, P8)
• Walked: 2.2 miles (trip: 34.7)
• States: 2 (trip: 5)
• Counties: 9 (trip: 75)
• Towns: 24 (trip: 154)