Bertha’s Done Burned

Maydelle, Texas boasts several things.  We are home of the ‘Famous Texas State Railroad Turntable’, Fairchild State Forest and we have a general store, a post office, a volunteer fire department a barber shop and no less than 3 churches.  We also had Bertha’s, until about 18 hours ago.  Bertha’s was not only a Maydelle staple and landmark, it was the only eatin’ joint for at least 10 miles in any given direction.  Sadly, it is no more.

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Bertha’s done burned and everyone who lives in Maydelle WAS in Maydelle.

I had to wait for a load of cows to creep by before going on to the Trading Post to park, get a better look as well as the scoop.

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Thank God for Fire Departments and Firemen, otherwise it could have easily spread.

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I finally got to the Trading Post and found out quickly (if you want to find out anything quickly in Maydelle, this is the place to do it), I found out quickly it was a grease fire and no one was hurt.

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I walked over to have a better look along with the rest of the population…..

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The building was very old and all wood so when it went, it went.

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This is the biggest event that has happened since I’ve lived here.  And while Bertha’s will not be missed for its 5 star menu or fine linens it will be missed for its friendliness and familiarity.  A gathering place for all and a welcome stop, there will be a hole on the side of Highway 84 that can not be replaced.

There will never be another ‘Big Bertha Breakfast’.

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Farewell Bertha’s, we will miss your wavy wooden floors, your simple menu and your place here in our community.

6 thoughts on “Bertha’s Done Burned

  1. the maydelle café was an icon of east texas , my wife and I have been there several times with nothing but good experiences , I am a photographer living in the hill country and have photographed it’s patrons and the café itself , I would love to see it re built , there wasn’t another place like it in texas

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    • We actually put “the men of Maydelle” on the prayer list, they are so displaced and have nowhere to gather anymore. Poor dears. I don’t think Bertha will rebuild though, she is almost 70 and lost her husband about 2 years ago and of course there was no insurance so…….no more Bertha’s. 😦 On a brighter note, I’d love to see your pictures, are they on your blog?

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