18. The old places and seeing them change
A. Stone Fences, Foundations, Buffalo Wallows.
Bison Bones, Arrowheads, Stone Knives and Flint Chips
On Mickey's place there were stone fences of flat
limestone in several places. Some were the size of small corrals. The
Horrell family was said to have a place between the Lucys. They were
at least half of the
feud that was bad, even for Texas.
Higgins was a central player.
The Price Ranch is in the vicinity of a lot of old Indian activity. Black's
Fort, less than a mile from the ranch has a Historical marker stating
"Built as a defense against the Indians in 1855 by William Black,
1815-1907, on land owned by him. In the stockade, constructed of cedar
logs, sentries were kept on guard on moonlight nights. Guns and ammunition
for public use were kept here. Abandoned in 1868". See more about
the place at more at
The handbook of Texas Online.
Various tribes of Indians are thought to have come this river's valleys
at least 10,000 years ago following mammoth, bison, and other large
mammals. Ralph found the end of a big leg bone sticking out of the river
bank. A friend of his at a local college thinks it's from a bison larger
and earlier than the modern buffalo. Ralph and some of the others also
located an old campsite covered with flint flakes. After a good rain
more turn up. The site is on a hill side near the river and is mostly
overgrown with cedar now. Bill found a worked flint about three inches
long and Ralph's friend at the college allowed it was a scraper/cutting
tool. In the 1740's there were Mayeye, Yojuane and Tonkawa in the vicinity
of the river. The Comanche were raiding in the area until at least 1870.
EB has shown us the rolling waves of buffalo wallows on the lease.
On the lease, the longest limestone fence starts a mile or so north
of the place and runs, off and on, along Pool Branch to the river, a
good two or more miles south. Pool Branch was the name of Joppa community,
settled in 1874, until they received a post office in 1891. The guys
have located the rock foundation and door stone of a small cabin, probably
not over nine by fifteen feet, on the property. None of the logs were
to be found. Strickling, a couple of miles west on the river, was part
of an early Texas land grant to the John Webster. In 1838 or '39 the
family and their party were attacked by Comanches near Leander, all
fourteen men killed, Mrs. Webster, her son and daughter taken by the
Indians for several months. In 1852,
Webster, the daughter, claimed the grant property as sole heir.
She married a Man named Marmaduke Strickling in 1853. A community grew
there and 1878 became a stop for the Round Rock, Lampasas and Austin
stage coach. Only the cemetery remains.
You'll see headings with no story. They haven't been
written yet. I'm waiting to talk to the guys that were there.
If you remember any details better than are written, email the edited
text to me. If your recollection may not be accurate, join the club.
Accuracy should be just a bit less important than a good tale.
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