Emeritus Program


Top O' Hill and Texas Civil War Museum

Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Course # 925999
Fee: $38

Where did John Wayne, Gene Autry, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Will Rogers and other famous people go to gamble in the 1930's and 1940's? Right here in our own back yard! Top O' Hill was a rip-roaring gambling casino before Vegas was Vegas. We will visit the casino site and grounds that had underground escape tunnels and a stable for a champion racehorse. The poker chips, bootleggers, blackjack tables and roulette wheels are now gone, but we will learn the hidden secrets of this booming business and hear about its eventual downfall. Admission $5.

Then we go to the Fort Worth Stockyard area for lunch and a quick look around the historic sights. (Lunch on your own.)

Next, we visit the Texas Civil War Museum. This is a privately owned museum that has attracted much attention. There is an impressive Civil War Collection, a Texas Confederate Collection and a Victorian Dress Collection, displaying garments from 1860-1900, worn by women and children of that era. Also on display are medical and musical instruments. The "star" of the collections is the jacket worn by General Grant when he accepted the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Admission $5.

Bus departs at 8:30AM from Richland College Parking Lot D and will return to Parking Lot D at 6:00 PM (Bus is a handicapped accessible luxury coach **)
No refunds after Friday, September 12, 2014

To register call 972-238-6147

** If accessibility is needed, please register no later than August 15, 2014. For additional information, please call our office. 972-238-6972

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