Commentary

‘Old Rockdale’

Model of our town from 1928 deserves admiration and support

The response has been gratifying to last week’s story about the restoration effort underway on the late Nolan Bland’s model of Rockdale in 1928.

People have contacted The Reporter to say they either did not know about the model, upon which Bland worked for decades, had forgotten about it, or thought it no longer existed.

It does, and it’s being restored in Cameron’s old J. C. Penney building and will hopefully be returned to Rockdale at some point in the future.

Jamie Larson, project leader said it is hoped model trains can be added, representing both Rockdale railroads from that era.

Plans are to add locomotive, rolling stock, landscaping, period vehicles, horses and buggies and human figures.

The layout is currently on display together with John Johnson’s stunning Old Town Cameron and the models are open to the public.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 4. From Nov 28 through Dec. 22 there will be special night viewing hours from 6 to 9 p.m., again on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Rockdale is on the top floor and Cameron on the first floor. Both models are definitely worth seeing. If you’d like to go back in our county’s past this is about as close as you can come.

If you want to volunteer—and they can use you—please contact Larson at 512-455-9591.— M.B.


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