Trinity River


Marker For Magnolia Landing Dedicated In Anderson County

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STEAMBOATS COMING -- Sheriff Charlie Jenkins claims a boats coming, pointing down the river from Magnolia Landing, where one day barges will ply the Trinity River. After the marker dedication, the group wanted to see the landing site. Old Magnolia stood on the high rocky bluff to the left of this scene.
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Published in the Fairfield Recorder Nov. 28, 1968

Historic old Magnolia Landing, which harbored flatbottom steamboats on the Trinity River a century ago, will live long in the hearts of Texans now sure that towboats and barges will be plying the river within the next few years.

Governor-elect Preston Smith was the principal speaker at a program in Palestine, Nov. 19, dedicating a historical marker and pointing up things to come with navigation of the river all the way from the Houston Ship Channel to Fort Worth.


A history of Freestone County's prison land

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Published September 26, 2007
When Texas bought the large tract of land in Anderson County they also bought a small tract, about 600 acres in Freestone County, for the iron ore deposits to be used on roads and a low water crossing was made on the Trinity River to cut the hauling distance to Coffield. That’s another story that will come later.
Coffield was named for a generous citizen, I think, from Milam County, who was a strong supporter of Texas Department of Corrections (TDC). The land in Freestone County had served as an entrance to the river by the public since the earliest days of Freestone County.
The area known as Tyus Bluff and Board Pile was in this. It also included the old Tyus Cemetery – which created another problem – the public and friend, Bill Tyus, of Teague, was opposed to all of this being closed to the public.


Steward's Mill and its relationship with Troy

Last week I wrote about the community of Troy/Pine Bluff located on the west bank of the Trinity River in Freestone County. This inland port played a very important role in the progress of growth for several counties located westward from the town, especially Freestone, Navarro and Limestone but other communities farther to the north and northwest. 
Most of the time, steamboats could go as far upriver as Troy but any other shipping points farther upstream were very limited depending on the water table within the river channel. Since the boats could reach Troy/Pine Bluff, a lot of cargo going in either direction was either received or shipped from Troy. 
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