(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.
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 Potters 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.
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
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