Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Irving: Walking Sticks From Around The World Exhibit

March 3, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Charlie Hagen of Irving has traveled extensively around the world.  In his journeys he has developed an impressive collection of walking sticks and canes.  Though he worked for Enserch Exploration Inc. in Iran for two years in 1975-1977, many of his unique pieces were gathered following his retirement in 1996.  They range from a 1939 World’s Fair souvenir stick that folds and becomes a seat to one from Russia.  The oldest one belonged to his Dad.  His first one is a carved chain design from one solid piece of wood.  Perhaps the most unique one is made with a carved head that includes real teeth and hair from a goat.

One walking stick he had to purchase twice.  Unknowingly to him, a walking stick made in China had a built in sword.  Upon arrival at the airport, it was discovered by the authorities and confiscated.  He later found a similar one to purchase in China and this time separated it so that it would fit inside of a suitcase for shipment home.  Others in his collection have come from Australia/New Zealand to Blanco, Texas.   One carries a notation of being presented in 1909 and was found buried as a field was being plowed.

This unique collection will be on display during the monthly tour of the Irving Heritage House at 303 South O’Connor on Sunday, March 3, from 3pm to 5pm.  Mr. Hagen will be on hand to share stories about each piece.  Docent led tours of the Heritage House begin at 3pm and 4pm.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 972-252-3838.



  • Irving Heritage House
  • 303 South O'Connor
  • Irving, Texas
  • 75060


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    Irving Heritage Society
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