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Freer, TX Through The Years

Updated on June 8, 2011

Welcome to Freer, Texas

Our move to Freer, TX was a necessity. I had allowed Walter to buy a semi-truck. When I told him to go for it, everything was going well for the trucking industry. I had done a lot of research before I had said yes. We would have made good money with both of us driving. We bought our truck, a 1998 Freight-liner Century, the end of August 2000 and leased it on with Wiley Sander's Truck Lines the beginning of September. We were out on one of our first series of runs when 9/11 hit. Everything for the trucking industry went downhill. Gas prices rose and the truck needed so many repairs that we weren't making any money. All of the money earned by the truck were put back into expenses. Finally came the day that the truck was repossessed (we had already lost our home) and my Mother-In-Law was the only one that would take in my husband, myself and our 4 truck dogs. It just happened she lived in Freer, TX at the time. We lived with her about a year before we were able to get our own place.

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Freer, TX Then and Now - By GrandmaMarilyn

These images are from the public domain. Some of the pictures were in the Time Life in the 1937s.

Oil Field Derrick
Oil Field Derrick

An Oilfield Town

Called Freer, TX

Freer, TX grew because of the oilfield around the location. The very first oil well to be drilled in the Freer area was in 1860 but turned out to be unproductive. Oil was again found in the Freer area in 1907. They tell us that we are having another oilfield boom around here for the next 6 years. My husband would love to be able to get a hotshot truck and trailer to become part of this boom. You will mainly find companies around here that have to do with oilfield needs.

Our children really don't have anywhere to go around here unless it is school or town sponsored. The theater closed down a long time ago. They used to have a place called The Dash that they could go to but I think that has closed down also. So when it comes time for them to graduate, they either go into the businesses around here to do with the oilfields or move on to other locations to get better jobs. Most of us here are middle aged or older couples or singles.

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Freer, TX is known for

the Rattlesnake Roundup held the last weekend of April every year. This year, it fell on my birthday just as Easter did.

Rattlesnake Statue - Outside The Chamber Of Commerce Building

Rattlesnake Monument
Rattlesnake Monument

This cutie is outside the Freer, TX Chamber of Commerce building. Every time we turn around, someone is breaking off the tail because they want a picture sitting on the snake.

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Rattlesnake Roundup
Rattlesnake Roundup

Rattlesnake Roundup

Freer, TX

Want some fried rattlesnake and live Texas music? Come on over to the Rattlesnake Roundup. You will find concerts with nationally known country western and Tejano artists, a carnival, parade, arts/crafts exhibit and show, stage shows, a dare devil snake show, fried rattlesnake meat, talent contest & much more. How can you be bored with all of this going on. Freer might be way out in the middle of nowhere but it is well worth the trip to come to the Rattlesnake Roundup.

This event started in the mid 1960's but didn't become named the Rattlesnake Roundup until the early 1970's.

I have had people see that I am from Freer, TX and they ask me about the Rattlesnake Roundup and if it is still around. Yep, it is still here and waiting for you to come. Come the end of April 2012, we will be having our next Rattlesnake Roundup. Make sure you let me know you are coming so we can meet up and get to know everyone.

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Freer, Texas 78357 - Google Map

A markerFreer, Texas is the crossroads for hwy 16, hwy 44, and hwy 59 -
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Muy Grande Logo
Muy Grande Logo

Muy Grande Deer Contest

Held In Freer, TX

Muy Grande started having this contest back in 1965 with the category the "widest spread". The only problem was that when this contest was over and the winner requested his prize, there wasn't one. So he gave a prized wristwatch as the prize. Winner went away happy.

Since then the Muy Grande Deer Contest has become very well know. They now have many more categories than the one they started off with. They have a men's, women's and childrens division with separate categories under those.

This picture was taken from Muy Grande

Other Information About

Freer, TX

Normally our little town is quiet. But, come deer hunting or bird hunting seasons, our motels and RV slots are filled up. This is also true for the Rattlesnake Roundup and our Fourth of July Festival. Since the oilfield boom, we have had a lot of our RV spaces filled to the content of the RV slot owners.

If you want to find a motel here in Freer, TX, just click on the following link: Freer Motels

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Freer, TX Videos - Come and Watch What We Have to Offer

Flat Stanley Visits - Freer, TX

This is a series of pictures that my husband's niece set up to send to one of her cousins for her school.

The whole idea of this project is for the child to color in a picture of Flat Stanley and send him to friends and family all over the world. The person receiving Flat Stanley will then take him on a tour of the town and send those pictures back to the child. This way the child has a project folder of Flat Stanley visiting places all over the world. If you should ever receive one of these, by all means complete and send the project back to the child. The children have fun showing all the places that Flat Stanley has visited that was sent back to them.

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      Leo 2 years ago

      Thank you Marilyn once again for your insightful wrtniig. These thoughts are not just for those in the beginning or middle of the journery but also for those of us who are further along. One would think that as we grow older (like I am doing!) we would have learned to carry lighter backpacks. While we might have relinquished some buderns, others are added. Creaking bones, tired & aching muscles, diminished vision & memory weigh heavily upon us. Matthew 11:28-30 reminds me of where to go when I need to unload: Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens, I like it.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      I'm like jmsp... I've learnt something about another part of the world - looks interesting :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @jmsp206: Well, there is isn't much to do down here for us locals but we do have our seasonal times when others come and join us.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Very interesting lens on Texas.I don't know much about this part of the world.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thank you for the blessing, Mary Beth. Now to figure out how to do the Blessed by An Angel module.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Interesting lens...blessed.