This 1920’s theater is still serving the community today as a live performance theater. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a part of the Caldwell Courthouse Historic District. Click here to read more about it’s long history.
It was time for a long overdue day trip for this gal. I left home with only one address queued in my phone, my destination was the Caldwell County Courthouse. Other than that I had only ideas of what to do, no plan. But so it usually is with me, the day will just happen. And happen it did!
I had the courthouse in my sights and was crossing the street to it when I glanced to my right. Whoa! There was what appeared to be an old theater, I was distracted. Before I really checked out the theater there was another building calling to me, a library. Lockhart was already surprising me (and, yes I’ll share my finds on Doorway Into the Past very soon. The best was yet to come.
Driving into town I had seen a sign pointing down a side street that indicated a post office was nearby. So before I left town (much later after I arrived) I drove down that way just in case it might not be a new post office, but one from the New Deal era. And, maybe, just maybe there would be a mural in it. You never know.
The Post Office didn’t disappoint me on the outside nor on the inside. As I walked in the familiar vestibule arrangement brought back a rush of memories. Without hesitating I knew to look to the right for the mural.
I don’t have any definite information on the mural yet as there seems to be some conflict as to the name and the artist. The Post Office has a simple marker on the foundation that reflects 1935 as the date of construction. The Post Office was very crowded at that time and I wondered how many of those people knew that the mural was there and its significance. Perhaps they wondered why this strange lady with a smile on her face was making pictures!
The details are captivating! You just to have to remember to expect the unexpected.