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.

MARSHALL
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.

Marshall,TX

CADDO LAKE
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

Uncertain
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.
 

C&P
PATTIDOCK

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

Marysville

Lets just say Marysville is pretty tough to get to. In fact on our recent trip we didn't have plans to go there but went on a whim from a tip from a resident in Meunster (which is pretty close and a cool town to visit as well)

There is a beautiful church there that is still active but not a whole lot else than another church or community center. Looks like there are still some residents in the area.

Daniel over at another blog visited and did some research, he has a great write up about it HERE.

 

Again photos by the great Patti Bandy and Mark Mayr




Spanish Fort

One thing we can all agree on is how hot Texas is in July. We woke up at 4am to visit a few towns just so we could beat the heat. The first town we hit was Spanish Fort located in Montague county.

Spanish Fort has some interesting history. The Taovaya Indians called the area home around the 1750's. After the Taovaya raided a nearby Presidio, the Spanish retaliated.  The Indian fort was heavily protected and armed. Over 6,000 Indians fought and held the Spanish off until the Spanish retreated.

Later an Anglo settler found a Spanish artifact and mistakenly named it Spanish Fort. The town has some fascinating history. Read more about it here :

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hns64

We arrived right at sunrise so we didn't meet too many locals other than a couple friendly cowboys riding horses across from the old school.

Big thanks to Patti Bandy and Mark Mayr for going on the trip with me. Video to follow in a few weeks !

-Coleman