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  1. #1
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Hidden deep in the woodlands bordering the Neches River are the last remains of what may be the earliest fort built in East Texas. And, perhaps, a buried treasure.

    Unlike the forts Texas built to protect settlers from Indians, Fort Teran was established by Mexico in 1831 to control the flow of smugglers and illegal immigrants into Texas. The site was sometimes referred to as the "pass to the South." Three important trails -- the Coushatta Trace, the Alabama Trace and the Nacogdoches-Oroquisac road --crossed the Neches River near where the fort was built, underscoring the significance of the site.

    The fort was named for General Manuel de Mier y Teran, commandant general of the eastern division of Mexican Texas. Teran made an inspection tour of Texas in 1829 and observed that Americans were sneaking into Texas by using the Indian trails. When he returned to Mexico, he helped draft a law in 1830 forbidding Americans from settling in Texas.

    The responsibility for enforcing the law was assigned to Teran, as a director of colonization, and his program included the construction of garrisons on the Neches and several other East Texas rivers.

    Peter Ellis Bean, a colonel in the Mexican army, was chosen to build Fort Teran. He left Nacogdoches for the Neches River on September 25, 1831, but work on the fort moved slowly. When the garrison was finally finished, it had ten wooden cabins to provide housing for Bean and his troops.


    Fort Site
    The site in what is now Tyler County lies about three miles west of Rockland on the river's south banks. The river crossing provided access across the Kisatchie Wold, a ridge running from the Mississippi River to the Rio Grande valley. At the time, the ridge was considered a formidable obstacle to travel for north-south travel. In northern Tyler County, the ridge reaches heights of 400 to 450 feet above sea level at several peaks and has forced the Neches to run eastward along the county's northern boundary.

    Fort Teran was abandoned when the Mexican government found it was unable to support its Texas forts adequately. In 1834, the last of the Fort Teran troops were transferred from the river, leaving about a dozen civilians at the site.

    Samuel T. Belt opened a trading post and a post office functioned there between 1856 and 1866. Steamboats used the river until the railroads came to East Texas in the 1880s.

    A ferry also operated at the site. It was known at different times as Belt's Ferry, Boone's Ferry and Duncan Ferry. When a highway was completed east of the site in 1917, the ferry went out of business.


    Today
    Fort Teran today is both difficult to find and controversial. A logging road leads to the site and a state historical marker erected during the Texas Centennial in 1936 stands on a bluff known as Money Hill.

    The site was named because of rumors that Mexican troops had buried in the river's mud a cannon filled with gold coins. Another story claims the fortune was hidden in a cave excavated in the river banks. A more reasonable explanation is that the cave was only a salt mine.

    In recent years, there has been some speculation that the Centennial monument may have been placed at the wrong place on the river, perhaps even in the wrong county. Decades ago, a Lufkin historian wrote that Fort Teran really stood on the north bank of the Neches in Angelina County.
    http://www.texasescapes.com/AllThing...eran-204BB.htm
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Just an update to this story. I live about 5 miles from this site.
    And both stories are true. The fort was on both sides of the river.
    with a tunnel connecting them. As a boy my Grandpa swam in the
    river at this site. And he told a story about there being a canon
    sticking out of the water that they would dive off of. W still own
    the farm that he grew up on. It is now my home. and ever since I retired I have been looking at this site. Never found the canon but
    have found several old iron pots in the river bank at this site.
    Also an old rifle barrel that was left in a fork of a tree. I has been there
    long enough for the tree to grow around it. One of these day maybe I will
    find the cannon. And go from there
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  3. #3
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,689
    51 times

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    That is so cool. I hope you do find it !
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  4. #4
    us
    Sep 2006
    Montana
    11,702
    23 times
    Banner Finds (1)

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    tradderran... welcome to TreasureNet! I see this is your first post! Must be exciting to wonder about the possible treasures and relics on your own property... I would have NO idea.

    If your so inclined to write about any adventures you have at your farm with relics or finding stuff... this forum would enjoy hearing about it! (We like pictures too...)

  5. #5
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsyheart
    That is so cool. I hope you do find it !
    Thanks gypsyheart . My family has owned this land 640 ac sense
    1839. And I inherited it from my Dad. I love roaming around this place.
    Never know what you will find.
    tradderran keeping the hunt alive
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  6. #6
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,689
    51 times

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Cannot wait to see your finds! Tell us more!
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  7. #7
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Quote Originally Posted by Montana Jim
    tradderran... welcome to TreasureNet! I see this is your first post! Must be exciting to wonder about the possible treasures and relics on your own property... I would have NO idea.

    If your so inclined to write about any adventures you have at your farm with relics or finding stuff... this forum would enjoy hearing about it! (We like pictures too...)
    Thanks for the welcome Jim
    Yes I will be posting some pic.s and more finds
    Tradderran
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  8. #8
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure Just got what I have been waiting on

    Quote Originally Posted by tradderran
    Just an update to this story. I live about 5 miles from this site.
    And both stories are true. The fort was on both sides of the river.
    with a tunnel connecting them. As a boy my Grandpa swam in the
    river at this site. And he told a story about there being a canon
    sticking out of the water that they would dive off of. W still own
    the farm that he grew up on. It is now my home. and ever since I retired I have been looking at this site. Never found the canon but
    have found several old iron pots in the river bank at this site.
    Also an old rifle barrel that was left in a fork of a tree. I has been there
    long enough for the tree to grow around it. One of these day maybe I will
    find the cannon. And go from there
    OK now we go after the cannon. Just got the Magnetometer that I have
    been waiting on A SSP-2100 by Detect. Going to try this bad boy tomorrow
    will post what I find.
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  9. #9

    Mar 2007
    Cape Fear, NC
    XLT,Double Eagle
    392

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Great post gypsy!
    tradderran, keep us posted on that cannon.

  10. #10

    Dec 2004
    The Lone Star State
    355
    1 times

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    He must have found the cannon
    Explorer II
    Minelab Sovereign Elite
    Bounty Hunter 505

  11. #11
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave45
    He must have found the cannon
    He He He They will never catch me.
    Will post some pics at the right time.
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  12. #12

    Dec 2004
    The Lone Star State
    355
    1 times

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Explorer II
    Minelab Sovereign Elite
    Bounty Hunter 505

  13. #13
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Quote Originally Posted by tradderran
    Quote Originally Posted by Dave45
    He must have found the cannon
    He He He They will never catch me.
    Will post some pics at the right time.
    Just an up date. Yes I found what I was looking for. Not the Gold
    As of now but believe I am getting close.
    More later.
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  14. #14
    Just a looking around

    Mar 2007
    East Texas
    Minelab
    28

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Well it has been a while. I found the old cannon. But not the gold as of yet. the old gun is a 2 pound er made of bronze.
    I need to get a digital camera. to post a pix.
    Just to let you-all know that I have not forgotten you.
    Retired Pilot.
    still have my Cessna 310 and A  super Cub

  15. #15
    mx
    Nov 2004
    Alamos,Sonora,Mexico
    11,211
    2381 times

    Re: East Texas Old Fort Treasure

    Congrats my friend, just remember old brass cannon are worth quite a few pesos also.

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

 

 
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