As he leaves the modest house where, on October 14, 1890, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born, the Hindu swami’s flowing orange robe flaps in the breeze. The swami’s host, a retired Texas Instruments engineer from Dallas, Dr. P.B. Ghate, waits at a nearby statue of Ike dressed smartly in a general’s uniform.
That’s how Dr. Ghate, who grew up in India during World War II, remembers Eisenhower—as war hero. And that’s why he loves bringing family and friends from India to the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Park in Denison…to honor the American who helped save the free world.
While in the land of Ike, Dr. Ghate also tours his visitors along the rocky shores of Lake Texoma. “This is a great area,” he says, “because there’s plenty to do.”
Indeed, myriad attractions await visitors in the Denison-Sherman-Lake Texoma area. Situated midway along the Red River’s 1,340-mile length, the northeast Texas triumvirate lies only an hour’s drive from Dallas. Yet its small-town ambiance and outdoor recreation make it seem a world away from urban hubbub.
From the March 2001 issue.