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May 6, 2013

Reflections - of a tour...

I don’t know where you were a week ago Saturday, but we were all over Palo Pinto County. And we had a ball! We went to Palo Pinto County on Tour.

The day was wonderful. One of the few almost perfect Texas spring days. The temperatures were warm but not hot, the sun was out but not burning, and the Palo Pinto County Historical Commission put on a beautiful exhibition of some of the most historical sites in the county, along with all the beauty God created along the way.

The wildflowers were at their peak, and the greens in all the trees were breathtakingly beautiful. We could truly say, “The is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And we were.

We began with Lovers Retreat west of Palo Pinto, just off of US Highway 180, situated on part of the old Bankhead Highway. Now, you may be surprised, but we have never been there, and we were astounded with its beauty.

The name originally came, in one story, because a settler named Lovers who settled in Golconda, the first name of Palo Pinto, was out chasing stray cows when Indians spotted him.  He was able to hide from them in a cave above Eagle Creek near a spring. He was successful in eluding the Indians.  

The land was purchased by the Barney Carter family in 1932 is now in the hands of a Carter descendant, Mrs. Eloise Beckworth Davidson.  Her son, veteran Carter Beckworth, is buried on the land very near the creek.

From Lovers Retreat we traveled to Johnson League Ranch off Highway 919, about 5 miles north of the town of Gordon. It was owned in 1880 by brothers William Whipple Johnson and Harvey Johnson, who were instrumental in the discovery of coal in Thurber in 1887, as well as being the first settlers of Strawn.

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