Edison Museum and Beaumont Fire Museum of Texas

3/18/15 Wednesday in Beaumont, TX (Gulf Coast RV Resort-PPA ($40/night))

Slept in until 8:30! They predicted rain for today so we planned to visit buildings in Beaumont.

First: the Edison Museum (free). Remember, if you want to read the words in these photos, just click on them to enlarge.

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Pearl Street Station (brought here from New York City)

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Only one optic principle guided Edison while inventing the motion picture machine: “the persistence of vision rule”, where the sensation of light lingers in the brain even after it disappears from sight of the eye. He was inspired by Eadweard Muybridge‘s photos that employed multiple cameras to project a series of images.

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Second: just kitty corner from the Edison Museum is the Beaumont Fire Museum. Handy as well as free.

They called this the world’s largest working fire hydrant, 24′ tall, weighing 4,500 pounds. It was somehow a part of Disney’s 101 Dalmations.

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This is the story of “Morgan”, a dapple gray horse that pulled the steam engine fire trucks for years.

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Fire Pole history:

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1931 Search Light Truck: the first of its kind in the US.

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For little tykes:

After lunch we enjoyed our books, TV and took a walk around the campground. The sun even peaked out sometimes. The rain apparently shifted to the north of us.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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