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


Iredell, Texas in Bosque County. Population was 339 at the 2010 census. Home of the Dragons and a great town! There was once three gins and a railroad, but when the cotton market dropped, the railroad left the area. 

Our family had a farm off of Hwy 6 where we would go on weekends and spend summers. We would always stop at Mr. McCoy’s service station and get Chocostix while he and my dad would catch up on the local news. Later in his years, Mr. McCoy opened his second location in downtown to be closer to his family (sometime in the late 1970’s).

We had many local friends, some of which still live in the area today (shout out to the Gillentine family)! Currently, Linda Gillentine is working on restoring a couple of the buildings in downtown - Be sure and stop by next time you're in town!

My sister reminded me of our mother taking us to an old grain silo to play while she would paint landscapes - must be where I got my love of old buildings.

Around 1990, our Grand Parents (Randy & Hazel Foster) sold the farm and until lately we hadn’t been back.

Special thanks to Mike Gillentine, Linda Gillentine, Dale Nelson and DeeAnna Nelson Price for a great day.

- Patti Nelson Bandy