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Rockland Photograph Collection (Lola Dubose)

The Rockland Photograph Collection, assembled by Lola Dubose during her research, consists of digital scans of original photographs and a tintype which document Rockland, Texas and the Aldridge area during the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Included are images of Neches River ferries, the Aldridge pontoon river crossing, rock quarry scenes from Kyle's Quarry (The Blue Hole) and others, Rockland railroad scenes, lumberman Hal Aldridge's Rockland home, lumbermen, and members of the Ard family.


Neches River Ferry

Neches River Ferry

A ferry carries a horse drawn wagon and a family across the Neches River near Rockland.

Neches River Ferry Near Rockland

Neches River Ferry Near Rockland

A group of well dressed travelers cross the Neches River using a ferry near Rockland.

Pontoon Bridge Across Neches near Aldridge

Pontoon Bridge Across Neches near Aldridge

Jack Marshall's pontoon automobile bridge across the Neches River, located below Aldridge but above May's Ferry crossing in about 1920.

Aldridge Home

Aldridge Home

The Aldridge family home in Rockland.  Hal Aldridge built this house at the time of his marriage.  The home was later turned into a hotel. 

Archie Dubose in Aldridge in the 1920's

Archie Dubose in Aldridge in the 1920's

Archie Dubose sits on a fence in a barnyard in Aldridge, Texas.

Young Men Sitting on Tracks

Young Men Sitting on Tracks

Four unidentified young men sit on railroad tracks, probably near Aldridge, TX.

Woods Crew Near Train

Woods Crew Near Train

A woods crew, possibly connected to the Aldridge Sawmill, stops for a photo.

The Rawls Brothers

The Rawls Brothers

John, Jesse, and Jeff Rawls

Rockland Mock Hanging

Rockland Mock Hanging

A group of men acting out a mock hanging in Rockland, TX.

Lena Rawls Rides a Velocipede at Rockland

Lena Rawls Rides a Velocipede at Rockland

Lena Commander Rawls rides a velocipede near the train tracks at the Rockland railroad yard in about 1925.  Lena was a native of Town Bluff and had sons who  worked on railroads throughout the area.

J.D. Brown

J.D. Brown

J.D Brown next to the railroad water tank near Aldridge.

Locomotive in Rockland Railyard

Locomotive in Rockland Railyard

A locomotive heads toward Beaumont, passing through the Rockland railyard.

Railroad Car Shed Construction

Railroad Car Shed Construction

Construction of the railroad car shed, probably at Rockland.

Engine 344 And Crew

Engine 344 And Crew

Engine 344 and crew in front of the Rockland Depot.

Family at Kyle's Quarry

Family at Kyle's Quarry

A family stands near Kyle's Quarry in Jasper County in December 1913.  The quarry is now abandoned and flooded and is known as the "Blue Hole."

Bill Ard at Rock Pits

Bill Ard at Rock Pits

Bill Ard smiles on a piece of equipment at rock pits in Jasper County in 1942.

Hal Dyson and John Medley Rockland

Hal Dyson and John Medley Rockland

Hal Dyson and John Medley load rock onto rail cars at Rockland.

J.C. Dickerson at Rock Pits

J.C. Dickerson at Rock Pits

J.C. Dickerson in front of his dump truck at the rock pits in Jasper County.

Youngster Joe Ard at Rock Pits

Youngster Joe Ard at Rock Pits

Youngster Joe Ard in front of heavy machinery in the rock pits in Jasper County.

Cary Ard with Shovel

Cary Ard with Shovel

Cary Ard and his shovel in the rock pits near Rockland.

Cary and Robert Ard at Rock Pits

Cary and Robert Ard at Rock Pits

Carey and Robert Ard inside the cab of Carey's shovel at the rock pits near Rockland.

Cary Ard At Shovel Controls

Cary Ard At Shovel Controls

Cary Ard at the controls in the cab if his shovel in the rock pits near Rockland.

Bill and Tom Ard in Front of Shovel

Bill and Tom Ard in Front of Shovel

Children Bill and Tom Ard in front of Cary Ard's shovel at the rock pits near Rockland.

Preson Dean's Dump Truck, Rockland

Preson Dean's Dump Truck, Rockland

Preston Dean drives his dump truck at the rock pits near Rockland.

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