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Apr 23, 2018 - Buchanan Dam & Tow, Texas

We headed out westerly on small county roads, not far out of the way, and well worth the stop over to visit with the Ray & Joan. We were traveling along a rural roads through the Sam Houston National forest with pasture lands and farms with grain storage units. I caught a photo of a memorial, and later looked it up. It is a memorial statue of J.V. "Pinky" Wilson. Taking advantage of a World War I lull, James Vernon “Pinky” Wilson scribbled the words on the back of an envelope for a song that has become dear to hundreds of thousands of...

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Apr 24, 2010 - Buchanan Dam

Today we traveled on rural hilly roads up to Buchanan Lake which the Texans procounce "BUCK cannon". We are going to visit friends from Silent Valley Club in California, John & Sharon Ess. They were full-timing before us, teaching us what we needed to know about full timing. John & Sharon are working as campground hosts at Black Rock Park on Buchanan Lake. They maintain the cabins and restrooms and take care of the reservations and bookkeeping of their camp and another camp on the other side of the lake. Helping them is another California...

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Jan 11, 2008 - Inks Lake State Park

Set off to Colarado Bends State Park but it was closed until 2pm so travelled on. Looked at a couple of sites near Lake Buchanan but carried on to Inks Lake SP. First Texas State Park we have been on. No discounts for seniors & not worth getting pass. Nice park though, saw deer roaming round in the evening.

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Apr 17, 2003 - Cen-Tex LoW Campout - Poppy's Point

This campout occurred on Easter week end and started off with perfect weather. Easter morning, however, was a different story! A late cold front had moved in during the night. Saturday afternoon we had a guided tour of the Fall Creek Vineyards at nearby Tow. It was interesting but, since I don’t drink wine, I didn’t take any samples. A BIG fly in the ointment at this campout was the poor treatment we received from the campground owner. We had been told that we would have exclusive use of the club room, as per our contract. However, she...

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Jan 18, 2001 - 1994 September 28 – Lake Buchanan – Buchanan Dam

Today I walked as far as the middle on top of Buchanan Dam, which is as far as I could go because access beyond that point was restricted. Lake Buchanan (pronounced buck-han’-an) was constructed 1931-37. It is 30.6 miles long, has a maximum width of 4.9 miles and covers 23,060 acres. The dam has 37 floodgates, one of the longest dams in the country. It is over two miles long, 145.5 feet high, 215.11 feet thick at the base and 34 feet thick at the top. The power plant has three generators with a capacity of 37,500 kilowatts. Quite an...

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