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Wilde About Texas: Blanco Buggy Barn Museum
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At the Buggy Barn Museum in Blanco, turn of the 20th century transportation is celebrated.
"This is how our forefathers traveled around,” Buggy Barn Museum spokesperson Dennis Moore said. "It's a part of our history, and if somebody doesn't preserve it, it will be gone."
Moore's interest in the horse and buggy era started when he was just a boy.
"When I was a boy, 6 to 7 years old, my father bought me and my brother a little Shetland pony and a cart. So I've always loved horses and buggies since then," he said.
Moore’s love of buggies has grown into quite the collection. He has close to 70 carriages and says no two are alike. There are mail wagons and doctors carriages and even an old hearse from England.
"This is probably my favorite of all. That's all wood, that's hand carved," Moore said.
What started out as a fun connection to the past, has taken Moore to Hollywood.
"It's a hobby but it's turned into a nice little hobby where I can go out and work in the movies. I've done about five movies, some that were in "True Grit" and "There Will Be Blood" with Daniel Day Lewis,” Moore said.
While the carriages have appeared on the silver screen, they also provide a look back into our history.
One carriage transforms through three different seating configurations. Sort of like an SUV or "Like a modern minivan, but it was 130 years ago. So what they come up with today is nothing new. They're just taking old ideas and refining them a bit," Moore said.
You can see some of the carriages in the upcoming summer movie "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" or if you'd like to visit the museum click here.