As reported in major area newspapers, the new home of American Legion Post 163 was celebrated with an open house and dedication on Friday evening, Oct. 25. While the post’s new facility is located off Cartwright Road in Weatherford some of the members of this group come from Millsap, Mineral Wells and other surrounding communities. The open house was the kickoff for the 17th district convention, with this district having 19 posts. The district commander is Brett Watson, who is also an officer of Post 163.
The highlight of Saturday was the speech given by guest speaker Jim Messenger, who is a member of Mineral Wells American Legion Post 75, and is very dedicated to improving and maintaining the local National Vietnam War Museum.
Last Sunday a memorial service was held honoring deceased Legionnaires. The service was conducted by Chaplain Larry Baird. During the three day event much business, visiting, and reminiscing was done and it was a great time for these dedicated men. Congratulations on a well-deserved new home, Post 163.
As we live in a town where trains come through daily, there are aspects of the railroad that it is good to stay aware of. Union Pacific has a big campaign of public safety in regards to trains. Their billboard campaign is themed to “always expect a train,” and there is current emphasis on warning hunters not to be drawn toward railroad tracks. As there are many fields parallel to tracks hunters may tend to want to walk or hunt too close to the tracks. Some hikers, bikers, and fishermen may also get too close to these areas.
People tend to think they can get out of the way if a train is coming, however the cars and locomotive overhang the tracks by at least three feet on either side. With the average train speed 26.3 miles per hour, moving out of the path proves more difficult than it would seem. It takes a train more than a mile to stop.