This link has been empty for over a year-my mistake. To see the history of this website when it was the Hightower Trail URL go to HERE at Web.Archive.org -- Most Recent Hightower Trail Official Website is HERE.
What have we done in the last few years: Good question. For about a year we used the HightowerTrail.com URL and page visits increased somewhat. After about a year the Scout Pages were out of date so we gave up the name. Then in January 2008 we purchased the name LaRocheUA.org -- the closest we could find to what we wanted. The purpose of the site was to have family and historical links. We have expanded somewhat to incorporate some city links, some art-related links and several links for FA-related issues. Visits to the site have gone way down, but people are beginning to find the site. City links are beginning to be the most sought after. For example the page on Magdeburg, Halle (Saale), Dessau und Leipzig has drawn interest, possibly because of the scarcity of information. The list of the September 2009 top 50 is HERE.
The first Impressionist painting in the Blanton's collection, Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin's Environs de Paris is on view at the Blanton Museum of Art's new location, as it was at the old location (since mid-2004). The work was a gift to Mrs. Johnson (Ladybird) from her husband, the late President Lyndon B. Johnson. It hung in the White House during the Johnson administration. Guillaumin, the last surviving member of the French Impressionist movement (he died in 1927), counted among his friends and colleagues Pissarro, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Called a "furious colourist" by some critics, Guillaumin is known for his landscapes with shimmering light and vibrant, otherworldly color, and super-heated skies. FineArts.UTesas.edu
French Cities HERE (and Belgium) -- German and Swiss City linksArt in Bercy -- Mont Saint-Michel (newly revised) -- Other Churches and structures (newly revised) --- Georgia's Golden Isles -- Art -- Maclet -- Clymer
-- Luxembourg-- Voiron -- Sunsets
LaRoche family-related Links -- Who Were The Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes? . . . the Essenes? -- Images of Pittsburgh -- Texas