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Uncertain (Population 196) evolved from fishing camps and resort operators around scenic Caddo Lake in Harrison County and was incorporated in 1961. The town is near Uncertain Landing, so named because steamboat captains on their way to and from Jefferson in earlier days often had troubles mooring their vessels. It was also the site of an old hunting, fishing, and boating society called the Uncertain Club, which existed in the early 1900's. Today, the town still relies on the lake's tourism attractions for its livlihood. The town limits are irregular in shape to include most of the resort areas along the shores of Caddo lake.

Historical Events

One of he most interesting phases of Caddo Lake lies in the names of some of its landmarks. The area known originally as Ledbetter has been colloquialized into its present name of Red Belly. Other interesting landmarks are: Eagle's Nest, Goose Prairie, Old Folks Playground. Kitchen's Creek, Alliator Bayou, Pine Bluff, Devil's Elbow, Hamburger Point, Pig Pen, Hell's Half Acre, etc. etc. And there will be more as time moves on.

Historic Potter’s Point was named after the first Texas Secretary of the Navy, Robert Potter, which at the time was comprised of 5 vessels. He and his wife, Harriet, settled on 4,605 acres overlooking Caddo Lake. The Regulator-Moderator War was at it's peak in East Texas. In Austin on February 11, 1842, Potter made out his will, then went home to offer his leadership to the Moderators against the Regulators. This resulted in the death of the first signor of the Texas Declaration of Independence, on March 2, 1842. He was killed by an assassin's bullet as he swam for his life in the waters of Caddo Lake. He was buried on a bluff overlooking the north shore of Caddo Lake. In 1930, his remains were removed to their final resting place in Austin, Texas.

Disaster on Caddo Lake - On Feb. 12, 1869, the Mittie Stephens sank taking 61 of the boat's 101 passengers lives. The steamer was bearing gold and is located at the bottom of Caddo Lake and is yours for the finding. The disaster occureed at the peak of river traffic on which the spectacular growth of Jefferson was built, and river commerce suffered from its effects for many years.

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