While we were on our Rio Grande River cruise, we passed this RV park on the Texas side of the river. It’s named after the old chimney on the property.

The following historical information is an excerpt from the Chimney Park Resort web page:

In 1904, James Holt of Minneapolis had an interest in South Texas to expand an agricultural empire. Holt, Conway and Welcome came south to look over the land and purchased the land near the Rio Grande River. In August of 1907, the area started its first lift station.

The brick for the chimney was made by hand in a plant near Madero, a small town nearby. The building was completed by laborers working for 40 cents a day. Many of them lived in shacks on the property.

A brick layer from New York was hired for the “sure enough pump” as the natives called it. The chimney is 106 feet tall and is 6 feet in diameter. At the top is a double row of blocks that form a design. There is some mystery as to why the top was never completed, but whatever the reason the design was never finished, the boilers began operation in 1907 and the lift station started to pump water from the Rio Grande.”

In post processing, I used Snapseed to correct the white balance and to straighten the landscape. I also used the perspective tool to correct the lines of the chimney, which were skewed in the original.

“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle.”

Davy Crockett