continue your Sunday Drive beyond Palestine,
turn north on Texas 155, but before you leave the city limits, turn to the left
on Link Road and make a drive through Davey Dogwood Park, a spectacular
area during the spring when the dogwoods are in bloom. The park's main road winds
five miles through the 400-acre park.
to 155 and continue north to its intersection with Farm Road 321. Near the intersection
is a state historical marker noting the importance of two Anderson County towns,
Plenitude and Mound Prairie, during the Civil War. Both settlements,
now ghost towns, made rifles, grist mills and cotton gins used in the Confederate
the highway intersection, turn the east toward Montalba
community, which lies at the intersection of 321 and Texas 19. The town's distinctive
name comes from a nearby mountain.
From Montalba, continue
in a western direction on 321 to Tennessee
head south on Farm Road 645 To Tucker,
named for an early settler known as Colonel Tucker.
Tucker, on U.S. 79, you'll
find Old Magnolia, a cluster of old buildings representing turn-of-the-century
life in East Texas. The theme park,
built by schoolteacher/carpenter Bill Gibbs, is open during the Dogwood Trails
season and for special events such as group gatherings.
in a westerly direction to Long Lake, where you should veer back to the
east on Texas 294 toward Elkhart.
A few miles from the intersection, look for a historical marker to Old Magnolia,
a Trinity River steamboat port. In the 1850s, Magnolia consisted of about 800
residents and included a drug store, land office, blacksmith shop, tavern, cotton
gin, general store, school, church and a hotel, the Hagood, known all over Texas
for its hospitality. Dozens of steamboats docked at the town's wharves, but the
railroad eventually killed
trade on the river.
your Sunday drive to Elkhart,
named for a friendly Indian who helped early settlers. At Elkhart,
head west on Farm road 319, and then turn south on Farm Road 861 to the Pilgrim
Church and Cemetery, which has been in continuous use since 1833 when Rev.
Parker built a small log house of worship. A replica of his original church
still stands on the site. The Parker
family earned an additional place in Texas
history when a Comanche war party attached Parker
Fort near Mexia,
kidnapping Cynthia Ann Parker, who adopted the ways of the Indians and married
Comanche chief Peta
you leave Pilgrim, continue on 861, which will carry you back to Elkhart.
Then turn south on Texas 19, but pick up Texas 294 to Slocum
a few miles outh of Elkhart.
Continue through Slocum until
you come to the intersection with Farm Road 323, which will return you to Palestine.
enjoys one of the oddest names in East
Texas; it was reported named by a local wit because of the slowness in securing
a post office which was finally established in l898.. "It's been slow to come,"
he reportedly remarked.
meals, we recommend Lobo's Little Mexico at Palestine,
one of the best Mexican food restaurants in East
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additional information about places found on this Sunday Drive, contact the Palestine
Visitor and Convention Bureau, P.O. Drawer I, Palestine, TX 75801, telephone 214/723-3014.)
Excerpt by permission of author Mr. Bob Bowman.