| Islands in Eagle
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 01682
in a Pecan Shell
Stein said about Oakland (California, not the Texas town in Colorado
County) - "When you get there, there's no there there." If you're
traveling to Eagle Lake expecting to see a lake - you might want
to bring a tall step ladder. There is indeed a (1,400 acre) lake
there - and it is indeed called Eagle Lake, but it's private property.
A smaller lake called Lower Lake sits below Eagle Lake - also privately
The town dates from 1821 when scouts of Stephen F. Austin reportedly
killed an eagle here. There's also a colorful legend about an Indian
chief's daughter and two handsome suitors, but it sounds fanciful
when compared to the more probable naming by Austin's scouts.
In March of 1838 land along the lake was granted to one Patrick
Reels. Two others held previously issued grants along the lakeshore.
In the 1850s Gamaliel Good acquired most of the land and then sold
600 acres to DeWitt Clinton Harris, who sat on the board of the
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway.
The two became partners and planned a town here. Situated between
Austin and prsent-day
Houston, it couldn't
miss. The railroad arrived just prior to the Civil War. After the
war, when the railroads were expanding all over the state, Eagle
Lake became a railroad crossroads. The Cane Belt, San Antonio and
Aransas Pass, Southern Pacific and later the Santa Fe all had a
presence in Eagle Lake. The Santa Fe depot still stands - as a privately
Sugarcane was a cash crop after the Civil War and the planting of
rice was introduced in the 1890s. The mills have been long gone,
but grain elevators and rice dryers are still present - although
several are vacant. The town remains popular with hunters who come
for the ducks and geese.
Vintage Photos >
Lake Vintage Photos:
in downtown Eagle Lake
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 01619
|"The Baby Eagles"
Rhythm Band c. 1941
Photo Courtesy The Nesbitt Memorial Library #01950
|Eagle Lake High
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 1707
|First Day of
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 01793
|Eagle Lake Rod
and Gun Club "Courtesy Vehicle"
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 01629
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 01204
See Texas Animals
Photo Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library # 00211
but still standing in November, 1996, Tower 115 in Eagle Lake sits
silently as an eastbound Southern Pacific freight rumbles by on the
Sunset Route headed for Houston. The tower was razed shortly after
this photo was taken."
Photo courtesy Jim King
Interlocking Towers of Texas
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact