Our Trip to Historic Jefferson
September, 2001

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Jefferson is located in east Texas about 3 hrs drive from Dallas. All of the history of Jefferson seems to have happened in the mid to late 1800's. While the Civil War was going on Jefferson became a major Steamboat port hauling cotton, ammunition, timber, food and other provision for the Confederate Army. With the Texas ports on the Gulf of Mexico being watched and blockaded by the US Navy, Steamboat captains would take the Mississippi River out of New Orleans to the Red River then at Shreveport they took the Twelve Mile Bayou which led them to Caddo Lake, from there they took the Big Cypress Bayou all the way to Jefferson. During the Civil War Jefferson was a busy inland port where 15 steamships could be seen lined up at the dock. Although many goods were shipped from Jefferson, they based their economical figures on cotton, "White Gold", which was being hauled to the port from as far away as Dallas and Paris. Jefferson saw it's hold as an port sharply fading away due to the railroad and the ending of the War. Soon, with the successful removal of a huge natural log jam on the Red River, the Big Cypress Bayou water level dropped too low for the steamboats and the port was closed. Today Jefferson is a quiet small town but has over 100 buildings designated historical with many Bed & Breakfasts, the Pride House (where we stayed) being the first B&B in Texas and many antique stores. Jefferson was a nice escape from the big city and the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake tours were great. The port is gone, it has been filled in the past 100 yrs but the history remains.

 

PICTURES FROM OUR TRIP TO JEFFERSON, TEXAS

THE PRIDE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

BIG CYPRESS BAYOU TOUR

CADDO LAKE TOUR