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The Caddo State Park is located on the Texas/Louisiana boarded in a town that goes by the name of "Uncertain". Folks is this part of Texas have a great sense of humor about the rest of the country and time slows down to a trickle... Its miller time...after 5pm. I took this image of a couple paddling a canoe in the swamp with a Nikon camera and lens. It is a brilliant place with all kinds of history and only costs $4 all day to visit...There are log cabins, hiking trails, canoe rides and open spaces... lots of weekend fun to break up the COVID tedium which I took advantage of.
A little about Caddo State Park: Scientists believe Caddo Lake formed when floodwater, blocked by massive log jams on the Red River, backed up into the Cypress Bayou watershed.
Caddo Lake was artificially dammed in the early 1900s, when oil was found, and for flood control in 1914. A new dam replaced the old one in 1971.
Earliest visitors People have lived in this area for at least 12,000 years. For centuries, they hunted and gathered among the wetlands, forests and broad floodplains. Then they began to settle in permanent villages.
Sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century, Caddo Indians settled on this rich land. According to tribal legend, “water thrown up into the drift along the shore by a wind” formed Tso'to (Sodo) Lake. Legends tell of the formation of the lake and Sha'childi'ni (Timber Hill), the first and last known Caddo village in this area.
The Caddo built ceremonial centers and maintained far-reaching trade routes. To sustain themselves, they hunted wild game with bows and arrows, fished, and farmed corn, beans and squash.
A portion of this area is now the Caddo Lake State Park. It located off farm 43 in the piney woods ecoregion of eastern Texas and operated as a wildlife management area, Caddo Lake is the lake that the state park encompasses, and is one of only a handful of natural lakes in Texas.
November 30th, 2021
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