Saint Jo is a small town in Montague County close to the Texas-Oklahoma border. We chose the town because it was on several “small Texas towns you must see” lists according to Pinterest. The water tower which can be seen from a distance stands as a beacon for the city of close to a thousand residents.
Like most small Texas towns there is a town square where in days gone by, businesses flourished and folks gathered when they came to town from farms and ranches in the area. Today, many small town squares are practically abandoned. Thankfully some forward thinkers have been about the business of revitalizing the town square of Saint Jo. There are still a few vacant buildings, but good things seem to be going on in Saint Jo.
Fun things we found to do:
Davis & Blevins Gallery showcased both local and national art. The gallery is beautiful with many great pieces of artwork. There are sculptures large and small. Both photography and prints share space with oils and acrylic works. I especially liked the vibrant cowgirls painted by Donna Howell – Sickles.
The International Ordnance Museum was a hit with Marshall. It is a new attraction with artillery weapons from around the world. The retired first sergeant who was conducting tours was a retired first sergeant, very knowledgeable about everything in the museum. They even have a tank you can climb into and have your picture taken!
There are several boutiques and antique shops in the area. A refurbished hotel sits on the square. The Lazy Heart Grill is where we had lunch. The food was good and the portions were large. Prices were reasonable and the service was good.
The Running N Ranch is a private ranch one mile south of town on FM 677. They have an open air Art Park in a pasture. The “art” is quirky and large enough to be seen easily from the road. There is a turn-out of sorts that makes viewing and picture taking easy.
It was unanimous we want to return to the area when the trees aren’t bare and the grass is green. We were told the surrounding countryside north of Saint Jo is pretty in the fall when the leaves turn.