Adventures in East Texas

We've been looking for towns for our next project and decided to head over to East Texas. Most of our adventures have either been in the panhandle area or closer to the hill country but we wanted to scout out somewhere new.

This town is a bit bigger than the ones we are used to visiting. It really is a great town with a really cool downtown/square area. It does have an old abandoned hospital that you can see from the road.


We just wanted to check out the only natural lake in Texas while we were in the area. Caddo Lake is on the very edge of Texas and actually spans over into Louisiana. Its worth checking out just to see all the cypress trees.

Caddo Lake 1
Caddo Lake 2
Caddo Lake 3

Right on Caddo Lake is a town called "Uncertain", it resembles more of a vacation type town with cabins to rent, hook-ups for RV's and marinas for people to launch their boats. Just keep a look out for Big Foot, he is known for hanging around these parts.


Frost, Texas Revisited

Like many towns in Texas, Frost was established mostly in part of the railroad that went from Corsicana to Hillsboro. Frost flourished during the late 1800's until the Great Depression when people left for the cities and other work. The town is also known for a tornado that swept through the town in 1930 taking 22 residents and the entire business district.

Photos by Patti Nelson Bandy

See our original visit to Frost here

Frost Texas 1 Once Upon A Town
Frost Texas 2 Once Upon A Town
Frost Texas 3 Once Upon A Town
Frost Texas Frost City Hall Once Upon A Town
Frost Texas 6 Once Upon A Town

1 Year of Once Upon A Town

Last year on Black Friday I convinced Patti Bandy and Erik Clapp to set out on the open road to try and explore and hopefully capture some of the magic that is rural Texas. We didn't have much of a plan, we had no interviews set up, and we didn't know exactly what we were looking for.

I had a hunch that Thalia, Texas was going to be a special place with history, great people, and interesting buildings and structures. When we arrived in Thalia the locals were proud to tell the story of their town and themselves and is still probably my favorite piece that we have produced. Without the success of this film I doubt we would have continued.

Since then it amazes me how much our little project has grown. On any 1 film we have 6-7 people who contribute in some special way. I am proud that all the content is created by us for this project by local Texans who care.

So from the entire crew at Once Upon A Town we want to thank the people who have followed and supported us and promoted our work. An extra special thanks to the people in the towns we visit, without you there would be nothing to show.

Coleman Anderson