Tejas State Park
East Texas is full of amazing history and natural beauty. Mission
Tejas State Park fully encompasses both the rich history of East Texas and the
natural wonder and beauty of the Pineywoods.
Just outside of Huntsville lies a forgotten community tucked
away down a winding dirt road under the pines.
Thunder In January Pineywoods
Thunder in January means more than rumbling in the
sky to many East Texans. For many, many years East Texans have been predicting
the weather by trying to make heads or tails of signs from Mother Nature.
Dowsing For Graves & Witching
For Water 10-16-11|
Some call it science others call it supernatural. Call
it what you will, but dowsing has proven to be an effective method that has been
used for centuries to find underground objects of interest...
Chupacabras, Mutants, and Mangy Coyotes- Oh My! 9-30-11|
The mythical blood-sucking
beast from Mexico known as the chupacabra has been roaming the Pineywoods since
2004. Some say the hideous vampire beast is nothing more than a mangy coyote.
Others think the beast is a mutant result from the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia
crash that slung debris across East Texas...
The historical Downes-Aldrich house in Crockett, circa 1891-1893,
is considered to be one of the most beautiful homes in Houston County. The Eastlake
Victorian style house was home to some of the first settlers in Crockett, who
reportedly may not have fully vacated the premises..
Black Beast of the Pineywoods 8-19-11 |
Legends of black cats run deeper
than a little superstition in East Texas. Sightings of mysterious black panthers
that scream like women in the pine jungles are not at all uncommon in the Pineywoods...
Plunder In The Pines 7-11-11|
Just beneath the surface of the Pineywoods, buried treasure is said to be scattered.
One of the many fortunes left behind is believed to be in southern Anderson County.
Mexican gold bars, gold coins and jewels have eluded treasure hunters for well
over a century, but some still believe there is buried treasure in Elkhart, Texas.
Texas Theatre 6-4-11|
After nearly a century of tragedy and neglect, and
a host of closings and re-openings, the Texas Theatre, crown jewel of Palestine,
has been salvaged and reborn.
Anderson County Poor Farm 5-1-11|
The existence of the poor farm in Texas
is part of a larger national story that shows how nineteenth and twentieth century
America responded to the needs of its indigents for almost 100 years.
Haunting of Old Memorial Hospital In Palestine 4-1-11|
The old hospital
has been abandoned as a care facility, however locals claim the facility has not
been entirely deserted. Supernatural tales have lived within the old hospital
far prior to the closing of the facility.
Edens-Madden Massacre of Houston County 3-8-11|
Almost two centuries ago,
a gruesome massacre occurred in the northeastern portion of the county, near San
Pedro Creek and the Augusta community, which was established in 1821. The massacre
has lived on as local legend of a tragedy that claimed the lives of many...
Black history has deep roots in the first county in Texas...
Texas Woolly Booger – Creature Seekers Beware 2-1-11|
East Texas is home
to many creatures of the night that humans fear, and occasionally claim to encounter.
East Texas has given way to Bigfoot sightings, alien encounters, and close calls
with blood–sucking creatures.
On The Brink Of Extinction 1-1-11|
Juan Antonio Badillo, a Texas born Mexican,
otherwise known as a Tejano, was a surveyor who lived around Nacogdoches in the
1830s. He also owned a few parcels of land. One parcel of land Badillo is said
to have owned is just west of Grapeland, Texas. A two-story dogtrot style house...
Folklore - Psychic Persimmons 11-19-10 |
Folklore reveals that superstitions
about cutting persimmon trees may help cure warts, cancer and even predict weather,
even Texas weather.
Jacksonville 10-27-10 |
Jacksonville City Cemetery, Mother Templeton Statue,
Killough Monument, and Lon Morris College “Demons
Rd” in Huntsville 10-26-10
Bowden Rd, perhaps better known as " Demons
Rd,” leads to an old cemetery known as Martha’s Chapel Cemetery...
Oakwood Cemetery, and the oldest prison in Texas -
the Walls Unit...Haunted
Stephen F. Austin State University is allegedly home
to numerous spooks. The Turner Fine Arts Auditorium at SFA has more than fine
art in the building. A ghost named Chester is believed to haunt the building...
Photos by Dana Goolsby
Goolsby was born in the Pineywoods of East Texas, in the little town of Grapeland.
Grapeland is located in Houston County; the first county established by the Republic
of Texas. Born and raised in the “Queen City of the Sand Flats,” Goolsby grew
up in the pines where the peanuts and watermelons were plentiful.
is a freelance writer, living in the Pineywoods Region. She enjoys researching
and writing about East Texas culture, legends, folklore, and history. Goolsby
can be reached for comment via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1, 2011
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