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County
Harrison
Region
Pineywoods
Population
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 2,068
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Waskom, Texas
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Waskom Texas History:Waskom Texas History: 
In approximately 1850, the community of Powell Town was established. The Powellton post office operated from 1850 to 1872. In 1872, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a line through the town and renamed it Waskom Station after .M. Waskom who was instrumental in building the railroad through the area. By 1884, Waskom had churches, a school, a sawmill, four gristmills, cotton gins and 150 residents. It grew to 207 residents in 1904. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas ran a branch line through Waskom about 1900. Oil was discovered near Waskom in 1924, causing the population to increase from a few hundred to 1,000. Like most small Texas towns, the population dropped during the Great Depression. Because of Waskom’s proximity to the Louisiana-Texas border, a Texas Travel Information Center was established in the town. Waskom is located at the intersections of IH-20, FM 9 and U.S. 80, 25 miles southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana, 45 miles north of Joaquin, 36 miles northeast of Carthage, 60 miles northeast of Henderson, 40 miles northeast of Martin Creek Lake State Park, 35 miles northeast of Tatum, 41 miles east of Longview, 43 miles southeast of Lake O’ the Pines, 33 miles southeast of Jefferson, 19 miles southeast of Marshall, 23 miles southeast of Uncertain, 17 miles southeast of Karnack, 91 miles south of Texarkana, and 50 miles south of Atlanta State Park, Wright Patman Lake and Atlanta, Texas.     
 
Texas Travel Information Center:
The 12 Texas Travel Centers are managed by the Texas Transportation Department (TXDot). All are staffed by professional travel counselors who help travelers with routings and provide information on points of interest, events and road conditions. Open daily, 8am-5pm except Memorial Day through Labor Day when it open until 6pm. It is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving Day. Travelers can also call the toll free line at (800) 452-9292. Road conditions are available 24 hours a day on the toll free line; travel information is available 8am-6pm. The line also has information on fall foliage and scenic wildflower routes during the spring. The Waskom center is located at 1255 N. IH-20 East; (903) 687-2547.
 
Waskom Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 12:30pm-4:30; Sat, 9am-2pm. (903) 687-3041. 103 Waskom Avenue, Waskom, TX 75692
 
Louisiana Casinos Entertainment:
Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana offer Riverboat casinos on the Red River. Uncertain is located 30 miles northwest of Shreveport. Shreveport casinos include Sam's Town and Eldorado Resort Casino. Bossier City, Louisiana casinos include Horseshoe Casino, Boomtown Casino Hotel, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack, and Diamond Jacks Casino Resort. Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana are 45 miles southeast of Uncertain, 47 miles northeast of Carthage, 41 miles east of Marshall, and 65 miles east of Longview, Texas. Bossier City Map; Click to Enlarge  Shreveport Map; Click to enlarge  Sam's Town Reviews  Eldorado Reviews  Horseshoe Reviews  Boomtown Reviews  Harrah's Reviews  Diamond Jacks Reviews 
 
Historic T.C. Lindsey's General Store, 1847, Jonesville, TX:
The site of several movies, it looks much like it did in the 1800s; it is now part country grocery and part museum. It has been in continuous operation since 1847. The items it sells include bonnets, and cheddar cheese cut from a hoop with an antique wire slicer. (903) 687-3382. 2293 FM 134, Jonesville. Jonesville (Pop. 28) is located at the intersection of FM 134, Jonesville Road and Bellview Road, 16.9 miles southeast of Marshall, and 4 miles northwest of Waskom, Texas. Jonesville Map 

Annual East Texas & Louisiana Trail of Lights & Christmas Celebrations, Nov-Dec:
This trail of lights involves the Texas cities of Marshall, Jefferson, and Kilgore, and the Louisiana Trail of Lights in the cities of Natchitoches, Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, and Alexandria-Pineville. Visitors to the Texas trail may view the trail in one city or drive the whole one hour trail. Natchitoches hosts the City of Lights and their annual Christmas Festival featured in the movie Steel Magnolia. Shreveport-Bossier City offers Louisiana’s largest fireworks display at Rockets over the Red, and the Christmas in Roseland at the American Rose Center, 8877 Jefferson Paige Road, Shreveport, Louisiana. Marshall celebrates with the Wonderland of Lights Festival, late November through December. Jefferson features tours of beautifully decorated antebellum homes on its Candlelight Tour of Homes.
Kilgore hosts “Christmas in the Oil Patch” at the World’s Richest Acre, and a three lane snow hill for children. (903) 984-5022. (866) 984-0400

Annual Holiday Express Train, Kansas City Southern Railroad, The Best Train Ever, Dec:
This is a fabulous Christmas train. I sincerely hope the Kansas City Southern Railroad does not cancel this annual Christmas train run. The Holiday Express was created in 2001 after volunteers dedicated over 8,000 hours to the rigorous transformation of the retired freight train. The train was built on the tradition of the former Gateway Western (GWWR) Santa Train, which made stops in small towns from East St. Louis, Ill. to Blue Springs, Mo. (GWWR was purchased by KCS in 1997.) In 2000, KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some did not have essential items such as coats, hats and gloves. The employees were so touched that they committed to elevating the project to the experience that communities throughout KCSR's service area enjoy today."  The Holiday Express train distributes gift cards to the Salvation Army to provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need at stops along the Holiday Express route. Donations are accepted. The six-car train with Santa Claus and his elves makes stops in 25 or more communities in seven U.S. states.  Access to the train is free and open to the public. Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flat car carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer’s stable; and a little red caboose. New in 2010 was the addition of a G-gauge Holiday Express model train that will run around the flat car during Holiday Express stops. The route varies slightly each year. 2017 Holiday Express Schedule includes the Texas Cities of Victoria(on 24 November at U.S. Business 59 at Burroughsville Road), El Campo(Evans Park on 25 November at 112 East Monseratte Street), Beasley midway between Rosenberg and Kendleton(26 November at KCS Intermodal Shipper Facility), Beaumont(27 November at KCS Yard, 4095 South Martin Luther King Parkway), and Shreveport, Louisianaon 1 December at the KCS yard, 4500 North Lake Shore Drive, Gate 5, 71107. Shreveport, Louisiana is located 45 miles southeast of Jefferson, Texas, 42 miles east of Marshall, Texas, approximately 36 miles southeast of Uncertain and Karnack, Texas, and 22 miles slightly northeast of Waskom, Texas. Beasley, Texas is18 miles northeast of Wharton, 13 miles northeast of Hungerford, 11.5 miles southeast of East Bernard, 8 miles southwest of Rosenberg, 11.5 miles southwest of Richmond, 10 miles northwest of Needville, and 21.7 miles south of Fulshear, Texas.  (816) 983-1372. (816) 983-1668. 
 
David Beard's Catfish Village and Reviews: 5-8
The reviews are mixed, but most seem to love the hushpuppies. (903) 687-4800. U.S. 80, Waskom. Reviews 
 
Waskom-Taylor City Park:
Amenities include benches, walking bridges, a pond, a picnic pavilion, sports fields, tennis, volleyball, a hiking trail, a playground, picnic tables, and restrooms. (903) 687-3374. Email
 
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Caddo Lake Loop:  Linden, Jefferson, Karnack, Uncertain, Smithland
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Cass County Bird Checklist with Photos
Harrison County Bird Checklist with Photos
Atlanta State Park Bird Checklist
Annual Caddo Lake Area Bird Count Checklist
Caddo Lake Bird Checklists
Caddo Lake Bird Checklist, Geese & Ducks through Flycatchers
Caddo Lake Bird Checklist, Shrike, Vireos through Finches and House Sparrows

Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Hunting Caddo Lake WMA:
Trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers and frogs is permitted. Hunting Map & Information
 
Hunting the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge:
White-tailed deer hunting is permitted by permit. Special hunts include an archery hunt, a youth hunt for those with disabilities, a youth hunt for 12 to 16 year olds, and two modern gun hunts. Call the refuge for information. (903) 679-9144.  
 
Billy Carter's Caddo Guide Service:
Billie offers duck hunting, birding, sightseeing and fishing guided tours. (903) 789-3213. (903) 789-3268. 168 Mossy Brake Road, Uncertain, Texas 75661. Email 
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
 
Caddo Lake Information: 
Caddo Lake is located on Big Cypress Bayou on the Louisiana and Texas border. It covers approximately 26,800 surface acres evenly divided between Texas and Louisiana. The average depth is 20 feet. It was the only naturally formed lake in Texas until it was dammed in 1914. In 1799, the original lake was formed by a gigantic log jam (The Great Raft) at the confluence of the Caddo and Red Rivers. Until the Great Raft was removed, the Caddo Lake channel was used by steamboats traveling to the Jefferson, Texas Port. Named after the Caddo Indians, the lake is an internationally protected wetland under the Ramsar Treaty, and is the largest fresh water lake in the south, and the largest Cypress forest in the world. Thick Spanish moss draped bald cypress trees and aquatic plants thrive in the lake, making the lake a maze of sloughs, bayous, and ponds. The lake is swampy and it is easy for boaters to get lost. Over 42 miles of boat roads have been mapped, and over 100 miles of boat roads are clearly marked for navigation purposes. Caddo Lake has approximately 71 species of fish and 225 species of birds. In 2014, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released 50 paddlefish into the lake in order to monitor the lake’s ecosystem. How well this dinosaur era fish survives and thrives will be an indicator of how well the ecosystem is recovering. Activities include birding, fishing and duck hunting. The lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Texas town of Uncertain is located on the west shore of the lake. The town of Karnack, Texas is located nearby. For more complete lake information, go the Caddo Lake Home Page.
 
Caddo Lake State Park Information:
This 484 acre park is located along the Big Cypress Bayou near Caddo Lake. In 1933, Lady Bird Johnson’s father, Mr. T.J. Taylor, and other local institutions and land owners donated property for the development of the first National Park Service supervised state park in Texas. Using the National Park Services’ natural designs, the original improvements to the park were constructed by CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) companies 889 and 857 between 1934 and 1937. The original 15 U.S. Army barracks and an Army mess hall were converted into the 9 long cabins and the group recreation hall that exist today. Additional CCC structures include a pavilion, remnants of the original picnic sites, a shelter, the park entrance portals, and a latrine located on a trail. Caddo Lake, especially its waterfowl habitat, has been selected as a wetland of international importance. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information, read the Park Brochure, watch the Park Video, and go to the Caddo Lake State Park Home Page. From Marshall, take SH 43 north for 13 miles to FM 2198. Turn right (east) on FM 2198 and continue 0.5 miles to the Caddo Lake State Park entrance (Park Road 2) on the left, or continue to the public boat ramp at the FM 2198 Bridge crossing Caddo Lake.
 
Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area Information:
In 1992, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased most of the 8,005 acres that is now Caddo Lake State Park and the Caddo Wildlife Management Area from the National Park Service. In 1993, the land was selected as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The WMA contains a permanently flooded bald cypress swamp and seasonally flooded bottomland hardwoods. Islands in the lake make up most of the land mass. The remainder of the WMA habitat is uplands forested with pine, oak and hickory trees. The WMA has no facilities. Visitors must bring their own drinking water. Airboats, ATV’s and ORV’s are prohibited. Fishing and boating maps are available from the Caddo Lake State park headquarters and at local area businesses. Caddo Lake boat lanes are marked by numbered posts. Trapping and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers and frogs is permitted in the WMA. Other activities include hiking and primitive camping in designated campsites. Biking and horseback riding are permitted on designated roads. Equestrian use is permitted from September 1-22 and June 1-August 31. Visitors, including fishermen, must have a limited use permit to access the WMA. Permits are available at Caddo Lake State Park. Hunters are required to have an annual public hunting permit. The WMA is open year round. Seasonal access restrictions apply to hunters and horseback riders. For more complete park information, go to the Caddo Lake WMA Home Page. From Karnack, take SH 43 1 mile north to FM 2198; go east (right) 0.5 miles to Park Road 2.
 
Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Information:
This National Wildlife Refuge was established on portions of the former 8,500 acre Longhorn Ammunition Plant in 2009 for the purpose of protecting migratory birds, fish and other wildlife. The refuge contains one of the highest quality old-growth bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States. The hardwood forest lies along Harrison Bayou, and the associated wetlands are located along the shores of Caddo Lake. The wetlands are listed as a “Wetland of International Significance” under the Ramsar Conventions of Wetlands. It is one of 17 such designated areas in the United States. The NWR features up to 224 species of birds, 22 species of amphibians, 46 species of reptiles, and 93 species of fish. Twenty wildlife species are listed as species of Concern. The bald eagle and Louisiana black bear are listed as endangered.For more complete park information, go the Caddo Lake NWR Home Page. The NWR is located within the village of Karnack, and is adjacent to the Caddo Lake State Park and WMA. The NWR is located 15 miles from the cities of Jefferson and Marshall, Texas. From the intersection of SH 43 and Loop 390 in Marshall, drive 10 miles north on SH 43. Go right on Spur 449; drive one mile to the fork in the road. Go right at the fork. Cross SH 134 and the KCS Railroad tracks; the refuge entrance will be directly in front of you; go left. The parking lot is located within 0.25 miles of the guardhouse entrance. NWR Directions & Facilities Map
 
Lake O' the Pines Information:
The 16,919 surface acre Lake O' the Pineswas created by the construction of Ferrell’s Bridge Dam on the Big Cypress Bayou, approximately 81 miles upstream from its’ mouth on the Red River. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1946. The lake was impounded in 1956. The lake provides water supply storage for the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District which serves the cities of Jefferson, Ore City, Lone Star, Avinger, Hughes Springs, Daingerfield, and most recently, Longview. The lake has 144 miles of shoreline and a maximum lake depth is 49.5 feet. Small lake towns include Ore City, Lone Star, Warlock and Coffeeville, Texas. Volunteer positions are available by calling (800) 865-8337. Lake O’ the Pines damis located 10 miles west of Jefferson, Texas. For more complete lake information, go to the Lake O' the Pines Home Page. From Jefferson, go west on SH 49 for 4 miles to FM 729. Go left on FM 729 and drive 4 miles to FM 726. Go left on FM 726 and drive 2 miles to the dam. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level  Lake O' the Pines Facilities Map  TPWD Public Access Map
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar