Sunday, November 20, 2011

Texas history emerging from vanishing lakes

The drought in Texas is causing some old abandoned towns to reappear.


Yojimbo said...

Hey Martha! I found the Packard!

RebeccaH said...

I'm saddened by the ongoing drought's damage to Texas's many lakes (and yes, they are manmade, some during the WPC works of FDR). I hope, in future years, the rains will return and fill them again.

That said, I remember as a child, boating on Fort Phantom Hill Lake outside Abilene, TX, which had a farm silo sticking up in the middle of the lake. It was a favorite fishing destination.

Also, my beloved Possum Kingdom, rife with its many drowned woodlands, which left areas of fish-rich stump sections where boats had to be cautious. To a pre-teen, these were eerie, imagination-inspiring countries worthy of today's video realms (only real).

There are two sides to every story.

Paco said...

Something similar happened when they created Jordan Lake in North Carolina, which now covers a section of old state highway 64. The basin filled up with water over a period of a couple of years, and for the longest while, you could see the top of a stop sign sticking up out of the water, as well as the occasional chimney. Weird, but oddly beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Deborah Leigh said: So it wasn't the nasty weeds and felled logs that took so many fishing lures. It was the farm equipment and old cars.

RebeccaH, they'd like you to think that. It's the "farm silo in the middle of a lake" trick. One oldest trick in the book. Fooled the Soviets.

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