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    Depleted Texas Lake Reveals Ghost Towns

    AP) BLUFFTON, Texas - Johnny C. Parks died two days before his first birthday more than a century ago. His grave slipped from sight along with the rest of the tiny town of Bluffton when Lake Buchanan was filled 55 years later.

    Now, the cracked marble tombstone engraved with the date Oct. 15, 1882, which is normally covered by 20 to 30 feet of water, has been eerily exposed as a yearlong drought shrinks one of Texas' largest lakes.

    Across the state, receding lakes have revealed a prehistoric skull, ancient tools, fossils and a small cemetery that appears to contain the graves of freed slaves. Some of the discoveries have attracted interest from local historians, and looters also have scavenged for pieces of history. More than two dozen looters have been arrested at one site.

    "In an odd way, this drought has provided an opportunity to view and document, where appropriate, some of these finds and understand what they consist of," said Pat Mercado-Allinger, the Texas Historical Commission's archeological division director. "Most people in Texas probably didn't realize what was under these lakes."
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    Re: Depleted Texas Lake Reveals Ghost Towns

    you beat me to it i was just in the process of uploading this story its pretty cool though huh
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    Re: Depleted Texas Lake Reveals Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by AGBlex
    you beat me to it i was just in the process of uploading this story its pretty cool though huh
    me 2!

    ill bet there would be some interesting finds there.........

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    Re: Depleted Texas Lake Reveals Ghost Towns

    But what is appalling is the freely used term,,, LOOTERS. Were they invading tombs? Battlefields? Someones home, business or private property? Looks like a bad precedent being set!
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    Re: Depleted Texas Lake Reveals Ghost Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave44
    But what is appalling is the freely used term,,, LOOTERS. Were they invading tombs? Battlefields? Someones home, business or private property? Looks like a bad precedent being set!
    AGREED!!!!

 

 

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