- 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
- Meet in the parking lot at UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie
- Carpool to Stony, Texas, 10 miles west of Denton
Visit a rural site seen on the TV program American Pickers, Bill Maquis’ ranch near Stony.
We’ll make two stops, first at the ranch, which also has been featured on NBC5 news, says 2019 outings co-chair Mark Rogers. It has a work shed and abandoned gas station. Channel 5’s report describes a visit as stepping back in time. Bill accepts donations for visits, so everyone should bring cash for donations to help him keep his ranch open to visitors. From there, we’ll go to the school.
Meet at the UNT Health Science Center at 8 a.m. to carpool to Stony, about an hour’s drive. If you plan to attend and/or want to be a carpool driver, email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will follow.
According to the Texas State Historical Association, Stony was settled in the late 1850s and was named for the stony area in which it is located. Stony had a post office from 1879 to 1918. In 1884, it had a mill, gin, four churches, two schools, and a population estimated at 130. In 1914 the town had 100 residents, a doctor, a blacksmith, and at least two stores.