Alto, Texas- This past Saturday, the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site launched it’s first El Camino Real Festival complete with re-enactors, pioneer camps, guided hiking and plant identification tours, and demonstrations to celebrate the site’s museum re-dedication and highlight a section of the original El Camino Real which runs through the site.
Alto, Texas- There is a new festival coming to East Texas! October 25, the inaugural El Camino Real de los Tejas Festival will kick off at the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Travel back in time on the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas this fall and enjoy food, fun, pioneer skills, presentations, crafts, music, a Caddo bow demonstration, nature and archeology hikes, and the rededication of the recently updated museum.
Bringing the Grass House Back to Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
By Dana Goolsby
Alto, Texas- The Caddo Mounds State Historic Site has always held a certain degree of mystery and magic, but for me the site is also nostalgic. Just driving by the site on Highway 21 reminds me of the days from my childhood when my family would visit the Mounds. There’s just one thing missing. The iconic grass house that once stood tall and proud on the site only exists in my memory… for now.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site: An East Texas Ancient Civilization- More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai built a village and ceremonial center just east of Weches. Today, three earthen mounds still rise from the Neches River valley which was the southwestern-most ceremonial center for the great Mound Builder culture. The Caddoan culture thrived in the eastern North America woodlands for more than 2,500 years.
Cooper Lake State park is located in northeast Texas, on 3,026 acres surrounding the young 19,300 acre water body, Copper Lake. The park is composed of two units. Doctors Creek Unit is the smaller of the two, totaling 715.5 acres, and is located in Delta County. South Sulphur Unit lies in northern Hopkins County, and is 2,310.5 acres. Embankment on the South Sulphur River began in 1986. January 1996, the park property was acquired and by the fall of that year lake construction was complete.
Atlanta State Park is located on Wright Patman Lake near Texarkana. Texas acquired this beautiful land in 1954.This 1,475 acre park is a charming, wooded park has a west-facing shoreline in Cass County, that allows visitors to take in brilliant and bright sunsets over the water. The seasonal colors of the terrain are always in transition, and the lake, sunsets, and pine forests are an amazing sight. Abundant bird and wildlife species and woodland plants offer excellent opportunities to observers and nature enthusiasts.