Sunday, July 21, 2013

Camping at Fort Fisher

Wow, it's been 2 months since I have posted here, and now there are less than 6 weeks until kickoff of the 2013 season!  As game day approaches, I'll continue with some reminiscing about Baylor games over the last 4 decades.

When I was growing up, part of the fun of going to a Baylor game was camping at Fort Fisher.  Today, the space behind the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame has a building and a park area, then gives way to the law school.  But in the 1970s and 1980s, the RV park filled up with Baylor fans on game weekends.  We alway camped next to the Moores, usually backing up to the big central lawn where many a football game was played.
The huge trees and large grassy areas made for great camping and playing.
You can see the cemetery in the background.
Other families usually joined us for the pre- or post-game meal, and we could walk to campus for Pigskin Review, the Homecoming parade, a visit to Judge Baylor's statue, or to shop at the Baylor Bookstore (remember when it was in the SUB?).  At night we would scare each other in the adjacent cemetery, and we could sit by the river on the simple concrete piers.
View of the new stadium from a Fort Fisher pier.
The construction of the law school and other projects closed down the RV park.  If not, that would be a prime camping spot for game days next year!  How things have changed in the world of Baylor football.  Anybody else have memories of camping at Fort Fisher?
You can still see the RV parking spots and the piers along the river.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame top left; law school parking lot bottom right; cemetery bottom left. 
(Photographs courtesy of TXSVT2012's photostream on Flickr. Used without permission with hopes that he won't mind. Aeriel photo from Google maps.)

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