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The site of
our former home is now a tree garden which
encompasses about three acres. A white gazebo is
situated in the center of the actual site of
where the two story Victorian house once sat. A
stamped concrete border outlines the perimeter
of the old foundation and the original stone
steps still remain.
Seven weeks after the tornado on a hot Saturday,
approximately three hundred friends, neighbors,
and relatives came out to plant trees where
hundreds were destroyed by the storm. One
hundred thirty one trees were planted that hot
summer day. Most are small trees, but they will
someday cover this area with shade and beauty.
Several other trees have been planted in honor
of other children and we welcome anyone wishing
to do the same to let us know. Granite markers
will soon be made acknowledging the names of
those children and any message desired by the
Since we have decided to keep this area as a
place for beauty and to grow a variety of trees
– we decided to call it Colson’s Hill. The road
leading to the site is called “Colson’s Hill
Lane”. We welcome anyone to visit anytime.
We have several ‘chickens’ in the tree garden because Colson
said his favorite
animal was the chicken. He probably said that because no one
else ever picks
the chicken as their favorite animal. His favorite joke was
“Why did the tumbleweed
cross the road?” [“Because it was stuck to the chicken!”]
These are the steps from
the original home that once stood here.
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Cole's Tree &
The University of Texas Bridge
(University of Texas) Bridge that our neighbor
Dr. John Beaumont had built on his property
within view of Colson’s Hill is special to us
because of what happened one day just before
Christmas in 2006.
We have developed a special friendship with a
gentleman from Shreveport. Louisiana named Marc Pittman who is the father
of two fine young men – both football players
named Cole and Chase. Cole was killed in a one
car accident at the age of twenty one on his way
to practice at the University of Texas on the
morning of February 26, 2001. Marc has written a
great book entitled “Raising Cole” which I
recommend every father and son to read.
One week after the tornado, Marc was scheduled
to speak at Colson’s school, Van Alstyne High,
for a sports banquet. We did not have an
opportunity to meet that night; however, Mark
left a personal letter there for Susan and I.
His comments in that letter were powerful and
our relationship since then has been a big help.
Last December Marc came out to Colson’s Hill to
plant a red oak tree in honor of Cole, who
played football for the University of Texas. We
were fortunate to be there as the new 70 foot
long solid steel UT Bridge was getting its final
coat of orange paint and its 40 foot long Texas
Longhorns painted. The timing was interesting as
he planted this new oak tree within view of the
Dr. Beaumont plans to put orange
lights on the bridge and likewise we are putting
orange lights at the base of Cole’s tree – 400
Cole Pittman's Number in
the snow on the bridge
Colson's Hill, Gazebo and
Cole's tree are barely visible from the bridge in the
distance. (just a hair right of center in the image above)
These two photos are of
another "Colson's Hill".
Located in New Zealand.
Windmill installed by our
wonderful friend Ronny Wren
who died on August 15th 2007 in
an airplane crash in Bonham TX.
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