Cisco Texas 6th Street in the Rain


Cheryl Casey
6th Street in the Rain
Digital Art
24" x 36"
$40

This historic building is located downtown in my home town of Cisco, Texas. It is a favorite of mine and probably many others who have grown up there. It is locally known as the Reynolds building, originally built as a bank and office complex in 1919. I have been told that the bank failed in the Depression and in the decades since has contained doctor’s offices, attorneys, and jewelers.

My husband Johnny and I had arrived in town via Highway 6 one night and this view of the building and red brick road struck me as a great painting possibility. I knew I wanted it to be a rainy city street scene and so began the wait for a rainy day to get a good reference photo; that can be a long wait in Texas. This "want" lurked in the back of my mind all summer until, finally, on a November afternoon it began to rain. I watched the sky for just the right time of evening to approach and when it was nearly time, Johnny and I took off downtown with the camera. It was freezing rain and Johnny drove so I could hop out, grab a few shots, and get back in the warm car.


My photos were so blah and uninteresting. They looked nothing like the romantic way I always saw that street. That, I believe, is why we love art. What we see gets translated by our heart sometimes and by the time it gets to our memory, it's altered slightly, for better or worse. So we try to make that vision into something tangible that can be shared with others. Here is what I saw on 6th Street in my home town that evening.



Art prints in my shop: 6th Street in the Rain

Art prints on Amazon: 6th Street on the zon

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Post Script: Cisco history buff Brit Ferguson shared some additional great details about the building:

“That is the former Cisco Banking Company Building and it was built in 1919. The Cisco Banking Company failed during the Depression and closed its doors in September 1931. J. H. Reynolds, Cisco oilman and businessman, bought the building. He had been one of the original investors in the bank and building. Mr Reynolds sold the building in 1952 to Lundy A. Hooker 1910-1952, the man who ran Hooker Jewelers (which became Anderson Jewelers after Mr. Hooker died). It was still known as the Reynolds building and that's what everybody called it when I was growing up. Mr Hooker died a few months after he bought the building. Truman Kirk and Clifford Kyker bought the building in 1966 and renamed it the K & K building but that name never stuck. Most people continued to call it the Reynolds Building. I don't know when Mr. Kirk sold it.”

Cisco native Alan Echols is currently among those working to renovate another historic building nearby and noticed that the Reynolds building has a US Geological Survey marker near the entrance. He took a moment to snap and share these photos of it:
photo courtesy of Alan Echols
Emblem photos courtesy of Alan Echols

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