Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dark and Bloody Ground


[Summer 1982. We crossed back into Texas and headed for Dallas-Fort Worth. Checked out the Texas School Book Depository and Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Eventually headed east again, whereupon Linda's notes resume:]

This part of Texas is nice, rolling grasslands with horses and cattle. Rest areas are oil derricks! Soil is rich black. Erik wants more coffee. Still pretty cool and cloudy as hell (predicted 100 degrees).

"Hitler was mad, too." Texas Eddie.

Louisiana! Leaving Mansfield and its 100 degree heat (the sun came out). The battlefield was well kept with a nice museum. Preservation of artifacts here must be wonderful (leather, metal, bone). Also, rose-colored marble fireplace was White House. . .

Natchitoches for overnight. Deadbeat zombies but still kicking. . .

[Mansfield/Sabine Cross-Roads was impressive and a little less well known at the time. The 1864 American Civil War battle was a Confederate victory, part of the Union Red River Campaign fiasco. I wrote a two-part article about the campaign that, once I find a copy, will make its way to the internet via either blog or web page. Natchitoches was also cool, but there are gaps in the original chronicle.]

Today's Rune: Flow.

5 comments:

Sidney said...

Wow, I didn't realize you'd been through Mansfield and Natchitoches. Christine grew up in Ruston but her family is from Mansfield, and Natchitoches was right up the road from me.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've been through that area myself. Lovely country.

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks guys for the comments. Charles, it sure is. Sidney, cool! Kate Chopin country, too, yes?

Vida Blue pops to mind also.

Sidney said...

That is Kate Chopin vicinity, a little area near Natchitoches called Cloutierville, they say it Cloochy-ville.

There was an area near there where writers hung out also. I've forgotten the name of the patron but Faulkner stayed at the farm a while and some others.

Bubs said...

I love that region