Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ghosts of Travelers Past

Hello, Dear Ones. I have a different sort of post for you today. Many of you know almost three years ago our little island was hit by Hurricane Ike. Our historic downtown was sitting in almost eight feet of salt water which did it's damage and it's at this corner my little story begins...

Here you see The Shearn Moody Plaza in which holds the historic Galveston Railroad Museum and Terminal which was once the Union Passenger Train Depot. A part of this old art deco building is dear to my heart because Mr. Precious is the chairman of the board for the Railroad Museum. He and so many others have worked so very hard these past almost three years to raise the money required for FEMA to match the monies so restoration could begin. Well, to make a long story short ~ they raised the money, FEMA gave their money and the museum is almost back to it's glory again!

Now if you'll notice my title you'll see the word "ghost"!
So don't be afraid
because I think you're going to like these ghosts.

In 1981 two brothers from New York, Ivan and Elliot Schwartze,
created 39 unique white plaster figures just for the People's Gallery
of the Railroad Museum.

The ghost figures were to resemble folks who
may have been traveling on the train in the 1930s.
You really have to be careful with this one -
if you sit down beside her, she'll talk your ear off! :)

They are just amazing!
They're life size and very life like and were made from live models,
wrapped in wet plaster to form a mold.

The live models had to sit in place for five hours
with straws for breathing and wires to hold up their arms.
I don't think I could have done this, could you?

Well, the hurricane did a number on these wonderful ghost figures.
Heads, arms, fingers, noses and legs were broken off.

The Mt. Carmel Academy in Houston came to the rescue
and worked on twelve of these statues to restore them
to their former glory.
They were stored here before their return to
The People's Gallery.

They did a wonderful job. God bless them!
I think she's saying, "It's okay, I'm a big girl and can go by myself!"

Oh, I believe gentleman has forgotten his luggage!

This young man was just out too late last night
and is catching a little shut eye before his train comes.

Have you bought your ticket yet?
Where would you like to go?

Well, he seems just a bit busy or is he taking a nap? :)
We'll have to be patient for a minute or two!

Hope you've enjoyed my post today and I'll show you more of the
Railroad Museum another time.

I'm joining Our Dear Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday and I'm stretching it this week. I really didn't do much here but I did take the snaps! I hope that counts, Kimmie! :)
Our Dear Michelle at Someday Crafts for Whatever Goes Wednesday,
Our Dear Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

If You Could Read My Mind

If you could read my mind love,
what a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie
about a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
with chains upon my feet.
You know that ghost is me
and I will never be set free
as long as I'm a ghost that you can see.

If I could read your mind love,
what a tale your thoughts could tell.
Just like a paperback novel,
the kind the drugstore sells.
When you reach the part where the heartaches
come the hero would be me.
Heroes often fail.
And you won't read that book again
because the endings just to hard to take.

I walk away like a movie star
who gets burned in a three way script.
Enter number two, a movie queen
to play the scene of bringing all the good things out in me,
but for now love lets be real.

I never thought I could act this way
and I've got to say that I just don't get it.
I don't know where we went wrong
but the feelings gone and I just can't get it back.

If you could read my mind love,
what a tale my thoughts could tell.
Just like an old time movie about a ghost from a wishing well.
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
with chains upon my feet the story always ends.
And if you read between the lines
you'll know that I'm just trying to understand
the feeling that you left.

I never thought I could feel this way
and I got to say that I just don't get it.
I don't know where we went wrong
but the feelings gone
and I just can't get it back.
~ sung by Gordon Lightfoot


  1. Oh I love the ghost people! They're delightful!

  2. Shelia, these statues are unbelievable! Never saw anything like this. I am glad FEMA came through. I see that Reba is performing very very well. xo,

  3. This WOW'd me so I'm sure it counts! I will have to visit that museum next time I visit Galveston.
    hugs, Linda

  4. Love this post!!!
    Neat to see,

  5. Amazing statues! And the two brothers from New York who created them are geniuses! --I'm saying that 'cause I'm from NY. ;)

  6. That is all very awesome, and could not hold still for 5 hours! The song you picked is perfect too. ;D

  7. How very interesting and I am amazed at the ghost figures. Wonderful that the Railroad Museum is close to being complete again. Enjoy your day Shelia.

  8. HI!!!
    I LOVE GALVESTON, we vacationed right there way back in the 90's, stayed at the historic Hotel Galvez!!!!Back then, it was a busy summer destination!!!
    Went deep Sea Fishing too!!!
    loved those ghosts!!!

  9. Those statues are amazing! I love the clothes of the 30'. So neat and I am so glad they were all restored!

  10. Hi Sheila, this is a real WOW factor. I really enjoyed this so much. The 'ghosts' are fabulous. I love the era of the clothes. Your hubs and many others did a great job of raising money for such a worthy project. Kudos to him and everyone involved.
    The building is beautiful too.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  11. I didn't know you lived in Galveston?! What a great place. I love the song "If You Could Read My Mind."
    Big Hug!!

  12. Hello sweet Shelia,
    What a fabulous post! I have never seen anything quite like those ghost statues! They are lovely, makes me wish I could come down and see them. I'm so glad that they were not destroyed in the flood, they are wonderful.
    I love the clothes they wore back then, the ladies dresses were so modest!
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  13. oh wow! so glad they were able to restore those figures. they really add character to the town, i'm sure!

  14. Always love your stories, sweetie!!

    Also loved the post about Chloe Dawn above!! She's soooooo cute!!

  15. Yay for Galveston! I remember seeing those figures when I was small and they gave me nightmares. Glad to see that they have been restored. I'll have to go see them the next time I'm down there!

  16. Wow, I've never seen anything like that Shelia! What an amazing place!

  17. Sheila, this is definitely a wow! I love this story and how the museum is coming back to life even with ghost figures. I love those white figures.

  18. Hello Shelia~It's soo nice catching up with you. Looks like I've timed it perfectly for a peek at these beautifully haunting statues. They're so lifelike and I'd would probably expect a chat any minute from one of them, lol.

    I can't believe how Carter has grown. Shes such a doll. Her adorable smile makes me smile from ear to ear.

    Sweet wishes,

  19. These figures are just wonderful and amazing! You did a wonderful job with the pictures too! great to see!

  20. Shelia, the history behind how those statues were created is amazing! Oh my gosh, no, I would not have been able to be one of the models! They are just gorgeous. It's so wonderful that they were able to be repaired. I also love the song you picked to go with this post! Have a wonderful weekend!... Dona

  21. Oh they're wonderful! Thank goodness they were restored! What a horrible shame that they were damaged in the first place. And NO WAY could I sit still for 5 hrs covered in plaster and breathing through a straw! EEEEKKKSSS! Vanna

  22. Shelia, Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful people. I am so glad they could be repaired. They are so realistic it is a little creepy but you know that the real people posed. Still in the white is is a little eerie.
    Thanks for visiting my living room. Wish you were here for tea. Hugs, Ginger

  23. Thank you so much for the lovely tour and story of the ghost people - they are fabulous!

  24. Love this post! These are wonderful. They have such thought that went into creating each one. I am loving the font you are using. What and how did you get it please? Kathy

  25. Hi sweet Shelia, Those 'ghosts' are so amazing! I have never seen anything like that before. And the way they were created is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing. I love to learn new things and this made my day:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  26. Hi Shelia, I came over to tell you to come see my post today. It is very cute. You may have seen it before.

    I just scrolled down to see your feature on Chloe Dawn. She is the sweetest, cutest pup ever. I wish I had known I could have done a Cheri' post. We love her like you love Chloe Dawn. Our pups just melt our little ole hearts don't they? Cheri' is begging to go outside right now. She comes and barks this cute high pitched arf when she has to go out. Such a good little girl.
    Have a happy day my dear blogging friend.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  27. Well, I'm in awe of these figures! The history is wonderful and I'm so glad that your museum is being restored. Thanks so much sweet Shelia, for sharing this. What an amazing post. and no I can't sit still for 10 minutes, let alone with straws up my nose!LOL!!! xoxo Debra

  28. awesome post! we live in league city and the railroad museum is one of our favorite "playing tourist" things to do in galveston!!! galveston is such an amazing city with such history! we're down there at least once a month!

  29. I loved every word and photo you shared today! I always do. And I remember too well how concerned and worried I was for you and your dear ones during that awful time. What a wonderful thing that the museum is nearly put back in order and that those wonderful 'people' can 'live' there again. Thank you for letting us get a peek.

  30. What a great post!!! The last time we were in your fair city, I bought the loveliest smelling candles in a little shop just about where the Texas flag is on the right side of the second picture!!
    We also rode the ferry over to what was left of the Bolivar?? peninsula. DH came home and told everyone that he took me on a cruise :^). On a previous visit we toured the museum and went out back to look at all of the trains. It was wonderful!!
    Thank you so much for this great post....I'm smilin'.


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