Artist Feature/Brandon Mangan/Professional Photographer

By Sierra Dyson

Are you looking for a professional photographer in Comanche County, Texas to take your next family photos or capture your special day? Or perhaps you are an art connoisseur and enthusiast who is looking to learn more about the local artists in your area? Maybe you are just looking to hang pictures of beautiful landscapes on your wall?

Whatever the case, I encourage you to check out Brandon Mangan, an up and coming Professional photographer with a unique eye and knack for taking some of the most indescribable pictures I have ever seen. 

Brandon Mangan

Who is Brandon Mangan, you might ask? He is an extraordinary photographer and artist from Comanche, Texas. Born and raised in San Angelo, Brandon did not move to Comanche until 2014 which just so happens to be the year he began pursuing becoming a professional photographer. 

Claiming to be a sort of documentarian his entire life, Brandon states that,

“Having a camera, a notebook and the ability to use them has always been important to me.” He grew up spending a lot of time outdoors and claims, “ the weather and the landscapes I’ve seen have left a big impression on me. I feel tied to them.”

With that being said, he soon realized that he wanted to be able to capture the beauty he saw in the world in a timeless photo that would last a lifetime. With each photo he takes, Brandon tries to convey a sense of gravity and magnitude in his photos, whether they’re of people or places.

Proctor Lake, Comanche County Texas

When asked about what inspires him, Brandon replied,

“Inspiration is tricky. Most of the time it’s all around me if I’ll just take the time to open up to it. I remember when I was in college reading about John Cage and there was this quote of him saying something to the effect of if something is boring for 2 minutes, try it for 4. If it’s boring for 4, try it for 8, etc.

The point is that if you look at or think about something long enough, you’re almost bound to find something interesting about it, or in this case something that lends inspiration. It’s as much a personal mindset as it is the subject. I think the night sky is my biggest inspiration when it comes to photography, the first time I took a picture of it, I heard a little voice in the back of my head say ‘well, guess I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life’, like it was some sort of reluctant confession.” 

Taken in 2016, Brandon’s favorite creation is the photo that captured everything in nature that inspires him to pursue photography and what he talked about above. He had the idea to get a photo of the stars above a field of bluebonnets which he’d found at Proctor Lake. Brandon went out early in the wildflower season to test the idea, (He wanted the Milky Way above them but would have to wait a few weeks for a new moon,) and wound up taking what is probably his most well-known and a favorite photo.

It was a simple depiction of bluebonnets set against the night sky and it seemed to resonate with people as it was shared and seen by over 100,000 people on Facebook. Brandon even had people from other countries messaging him about it! 

When asked about his future plans and where he will go from his newfound popularity online, Brandon stated that he will,

“Go wherever the good Lord wills him.” Furthermore, he said, “I have plans and goals but I lean more on the faith that each good choice gets me closer to where I’m supposed to be. I will continue to grow my photography but the livelihood and health of my family is my driving force, they’re my biggest concern and what I shape my life around. If I can take care of that, well the rest is gravy.”

Now that you have heard a little bit more about who he is, the work he does, and what inspires him, I am sure you are dying to hear where you can go to see these photos for yourself.

Well, Brandon’s work is available for purchase and viewing online at his website www.brandonmangan.com and he also has a facebook page dedicated to his work https://www.facebook.com/mistrmangan. Additionally, he can be contacted at info@brandonmangan.com for anything that can’t be found on the website, as well as for custom sizes or questions about print options and quality.

He suggests that people contact him before they buy, especially for anything they plan on putting on a wall. That way he can help them get the best fit and format for the finished product. This professional photographer is also available for custom work, from family portraits and events to photos of places that are near and dear to people. 

Are you an artist located in Comanche County and interested in being featured? CONTACT US.



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NonProfit Feature/Comanche All Pets Alive

By: Sarah Childers

Our first nonprofit feature for the County is Comanche All Pets Alive, better known as CAPA. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Comanche County, Texas.  Their primary goal is to help the homeless and shelter animals in the area find forever homes or rescues and when possible, to prevent animals from entering the shelter in the first place. They are made up of 7 members that volunteer countless hours and untold amounts of personal funds in order to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome unwanted animals in Comanche County, Texas. We want to add that they do an amazing job.

Their most recent rescue involved a dog who was recently abandoned. He was found chained up, dirty, dehydrated, and terrified. Luckily, this organization was able to intervene the day before a massive heatwave came into the area with temperatures reaching upwards of triple digits.

Sadly, this is a scenario that plays out in every part of the state with the testament of just about every shelter in the state being overrun this time of year.

On a brighter note, CAPA also utilizes their platform to reunite lost pets with owners, as well as provide freedom rides to various parts of the country where animals are able to find their forever homes. These animals get to experience the fortune of going to an area in the U.S. where there are actually waiting lists for adoptions.

CAPA will also admit that one of the best parts of animal rescue is to get pictures and updates from their adopters. Check out this spoiled rotten boy. This is Scruffy, aka George. He was dumped out in the country a year ago and just look at him now! We think he is quite content.

However, Dear Reader, they can really use your help in the form of a donation, foster, or adoption right now. Every donation is tax deductible and will go towards making this world a much better place to be in. Even if you don’t have funds to donate, you can give your time in the form of fostering an animal, or even giving one a forever home. To get involved feel free to contact with the methods listed below:

Donations can also be sent via PayPal to: Comancheapa@gmail.com

Website: www.Comancheapa.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAPATx2014/

In addition, we here at Visitcomanchecountytx.com want to remind everyone reading this article to SPAY OR NEUTER your animals.

Do you have a nonprofit organization that services the entire County of Comanche? Are you interested in reaching close to 25,000 people? We would be honored to feature you, free of charge, here on Visitcomanchecountytx.com! CONTACT US HERE

More Comanche County History, Part 3

By: Brandon Mangan

This article is continued from the previous article titled More Comanche County History, Part 2

We are picking up where we left off by visiting the community called Comyn (pronounced “COMEEN.”)

Comyn-Theney Historical Marker – 2019

Although little remains of the town that was Comyn, it was one of the first outlying communities to be established in the county after the removal of the Comanche in 1875. Here W.F. Catheney set out to make a thriving home for his family and friends, before having the town named for the man who built the railway depot. The school still bore Theney’s name. This community was neighbored by that of Jones Crossing, the birthplace of Lt. Governor Ben Barnes. Like many of the surrounding towns the area grew precipitously during the turn of the century oil boom, afterwards sharing much of the same declining fate.

Jones Crossing Historical Marker – 2019

Although the historical marker is now housed in the county museum you can still visit Jones Crossing, a place still frequented for its fishing and scenery. This river no longer needs to be forded, as a bridge was constructed in 1899. On sunny afternoons you’ll find eager anglers hanging their fishing poles from its sides.

Jones Crossing 2019

If you continue southward, you’ll find yourself crossing the bridge at Proctor Lake (which you can also find an article about on this site), named for the nearby town of Proctor.

Lake Proctor at flood level 2016

The community of Proctor began as Mooresville, named for Thomas O. Moore who moved there in 1872, with his family behind back in Galveston. After returning to Galveston to fetch his family he found them ill and partnered with his friend Alexander Watson Proctor, sending him ahead to establish a mercantile building. As there was already a Mooresville in Texas, the town was eventually named Proctor. A building was erected for a post office in 1873, followed by a community center and school in 1876. The little town was moved in the 1890’s when the new Fort Worth Railroad missed the town by a mile, with Alex Chisholm buying the site for ranchland.

Mooresville Cabin 2019

Today a relic from the original Mooresville can be explored at the Comanche County Museum. You’ll also find a historical marker detailing the life of Thomas Moore’s sister Mollie, a renowned poet, playwright and from all account’s a highly interesting woman. She also wrote what may be the most impartial history of John Wesley Hardin’s time in Comanche county.

Mollie E Moore Historical Marker 2019

So, this tour ends where it began. Although this list is far from exhaustive, I hope that it presents a few of the many reasons you may find yourself wanting to spend some time visiting Comanche County. There’s much to experience and much to learn, as well as ample opportunity to make a bit of history for yourself. Tell them I sent you!

Comanche Farmers Market

By: Sierra Dyson

Are you looking for locally sourced ingredients for your next dinner or maybe some goats milk soap that in my opinion is absolutely divine? What about farm fresh eggs? Then you really need to get down and visit the Comanche Farmers Market.

Located at 101 West Central Comanche, Texas, the Comanche Farmer’s Market was created on April 16, 2016, in order to revitalize the county and promote local farmers, artists, and vendors. The market is open on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 A.M. until noon starting in March and ending in December. It takes place around the south side of the Comanche Courthouse and Square. Vendors set up their booths in the parking lot and along the sidewalk. They sell various handcrafted items and produce grown locally. For example, locally harvested honey will be available for purchase along with farm fresh eggs, homemade jelly and preservatives, different types of salsas, herbs, infused oils, goat’s milk soaps, loaves of bread, pies, cakes, and jewelry.

Additionally, woodwork of various kinds will also be scattered throughout the market for your viewing and buying pleasure. With that being said, I highly encourage you to make the trip down to Comanche the first Saturday of the month in order to see what this smalltown market has to offer, you won’t regret it. Furthermore, if you are interested in becoming a vendor yourself please call or text 325-330-3666 or email TexasHandmadeSuds@Gmail.Com to reserve your spot. For even more information about what the Comanche Farmer’s Market is about please visit their facebook page at Comanche Farmer’s Market@ComancheFarmersMarket.

Comanche County Museum

Here is some information you will need for your next daytrip to Comanche County, TX. Be sure to plan to drive around and take a look at all the available Historical Markers.

This article was written by Sierra Dyson.

The Comanche County Museum is located at 402 Morman Road in Comanche, Texas. The museum’s start actually began with the Comanche County Historical Society which was created in 1973 with the specific purpose of building a museum for the surrounding area in order to preserve its history. The council inspired Jow Maxwell, a local tax consultant and attorney, to donated 3.2 acres of land to them to use to build the museum on in June of 1975. Locals then spent three years gathering artifacts to display in the museum, which officially opened to the public in October of 1978. Originally, the museum had one large room and five side attractions set up. Today, however, the museum boasts fifteen different rooms dedicated to preserving the history of the county. For example, there is a John Wesley Hardin themed room, a Robert Thomas Hill room, an antique doll room, a veteran salute, and many other rooms open for viewing. Additionally, there is a blacksmith area, a workshop, supply room, and office visitors can look at as well. Overall, the museum strives to fulfill their mission statement by, “Preserving history, heritage, and artifacts to honor the hardships, challenges, and triumphs of our Comanche County Founders and pass on this history, knowledge, and legacy to current and future generations.”

With that being said, the Comanche County Museum invites you and your friends to come on down and see everything they have to offer. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and by special appointment. The cost to attend is by donation only.  For more information call 325-356-5115.

Woven Roots

**Mention this website and receive 5% off your purchase of any kitchen, bath, or body care items. **

If you are looking to do a bit of shopping while visiting Comanche County, TX, look no further! Woven Roots is an adorable boutique and home goods store located at 111 N. Houston St Comanche, Texas (on the historic square.) The owners, Jennifer Cisneroz and her daughter, Micah Taylor,  just celebrated their grand opening on March 9, 2019. They invite you to come on down, “to treat yourself to a heartwarming shopping experience. Where you can find a little something for everyone!” The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 A.M. until 5:30 P.M. and on Saturdays from 9:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Woven Roots sells children’s clothes ranging from infant sizes all the way up to a 5T. Additionally, they have men and women’s clothing, shoes, gifts, kitchen goods, home decor, handcrafted furniture, and inspirational calligraphy signs from right here in Comanche, Texas. Currently, they have a 5.0 out of 5.0 rating on their Facebook page which can be reached at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/wovenrootsretail/.

Furthermore, they do free gift wrappings with the purchase and are described as having “very reasonable prices.” Overall, their goal is to “provide their customers with a welcoming atmosphere where they feel like family from the minute they walk through the front door.”  Mention this website and receive 5% off your purchase of any kitchen, bath, or body care items.