The town of Luling is famously home to watermelons, oil and barbecue. Less well-known but equally worthy of consideration are the large oak trees that can be found just outside of town on old Hwy 90.
These impressive trees are favorites of Marve Ball, who shared these photos. The tall oak alongside the road and another in a nearby field are hard enough to miss, but since they are now accompanied by a memorial cross near the east side of the roadside tree, they are even more visible. The simple sign marks a spot where a student was killed. He was a member of the cross country team which was running near the trees on a foggy morning. An elderly lady accidentally hit and killed him due to limited visibility. It’s always sad when a young life is taken. Perhaps the old trees are doing what they can to remember the young man’s memory.
Marve often wonders how many people have sought refuge from the summer sun under the branches of the roadside tree. Now the tree provides shade for the young man’s memorial.
Marve Ball thanked me for recording the historic trees in Texas. I think we should thank her for helping us remember the venerable old trees and the memory of a young man who left us too soon.