Community Coverage: A Look At the History of Post - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/23/07

Community Coverage: A Look At the History of Post

It's been a hundred years now since Post was founded by Charles Williams Post.

The town recently held its centennial celebration and as NewsChannel 11 discovered the town has quite a flavorful past.

Pass the Post population sign, and you can't help but feel a little hunger for knowledge from the past, and if anyone can feed it to you, it's Wanda Mitchell.

"Post was founded by C.W. Post in 1907, and of course, he was a big cereal king," says Mitchell, Executive Director of Commerce and Tourism for Post.

But Mr. Post's taste for who could settle in his town was fairly selective.

"Applications. He wanted to screen people who were going to live here. This was his project, and he wanted to be able to do the screening of people who were going to be citizens of Post," Mitchell said.

But 100 years later, it appears Post created a recipe for success because everyone can agree the people are what make Post.

Take Giles McCrary for example, a resident of Post for the past 50 years. However, the family ranch has been around much longer.

"The ranch has been in the family since 1901. Right now, the OS brand is 106 years old," McCrary said.

While his family's roots run deep in Post, McCrary, a self proclaimed pack rat, is making history of his own.

"We got to the point at home where the clothes hamper behind the couches and under the bed filled up with boxes and this, that and the other and I had an alternative either the stuff went or I did so I stayed at home," McCrary said.

And thus, the OS Museum came into existence in 1991. The museum is full of things McCrary has collected on his travels across the world.

"I've never counted countries. I don't really know how many I've been in," McCrary said.

But you can get an idea when given a personal tour by McCrary. From sculptures and paintings to jewelry and 60 something chess sets. You can see McCrary has an eye for beautiful things with one exception.

"That is a real shrunken head. It was an Indian Chief in South America and that was his real hair," McCrary said.

And of course, I had to support another piece of Post history since we share the same name. Holly's Drive-In takes you back to the time of the car hop and with delicious desserts like banana splits, you can see why they're a sweet success after 36 years of business. Open since 1971, Holly's Drive-In has been serving up burgers, shakes and fries with a personal touch.

"We have people come from all over. Word of mouth travels a long way sometimes," says Mary Holly, the owner of Holly's Drive In.

Holly plans to continue cooking delicious food for years to come.

"As long as I can work , I'll still be coming here," Holly said.

Holly's Drive-In is open seven days a week, and if you would like to visit the OS Museum. It's open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

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