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Big Tree Location

Postby Lucas Speer on Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:49 pm

Hi, everyone. It has been a long time since I have posted on here. I hope everyone is doing well. I was wondering if anyone has any modern photos of the area where Davy Crockett and Flaca met under the big tree, before he sent her away driving a good honest mule? I love this forum and all of the set photographs posted on here, but I don't recall one of that location as it appears today. Thanks!
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby NefariousNed on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:11 pm

In Sabinal, about 30 miles east of Brackettville. Unfortunately, the big tree washed away in the late 1980's.

NefariousNed wrote:Something from Rich Curilla...
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Flaca's "jee-jaws may be rough-packed," but they're NOT all there!
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Same road that Flaca took in her buggy at Sabinal, 10/20/08
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby NefariousNed on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:14 pm

NefariousNed wrote:Image
"His name is "Jesus", they tell me...
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..."He seems like a good, honest mule." John Farkis, in the footsteps of the Parson, Sabinal 10/20/08.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby NefariousNed on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:20 pm

Here's a link to the "Scenes From THE ALAMO Then And Now" thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=392&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=sabinal#p2603
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby gh1836 on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:49 pm

NefariousNed wrote:In Sabinal, about 30 miles east of Brackettville. Unfortunately, the big tree washed away in the late 1980's.

NefariousNed wrote:Something from Rich Curilla...
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Flaca's "jee-jaws may be rough-packed," but they're NOT all there!
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Same road that Flaca took in her buggy at Sabinal, 10/20/08


I don't remember that piece of rough packed luggage falling of the buggy!
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby RLC-GTT on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:52 pm

NefariousNed wrote:In Sabinal, about 30 miles east of Brackettville. Unfortunately, the big tree washed away in the late 1980's.

Detail adjustment. LOL. Sabinal is 60 miles east of Brackettville, and the site is 12 miles north of Sabinal on the Utopia road at the first bridge over the Sabinal River (the "Eight Mile Crossing") about 8 miles south of Utopia. If driving north, it is before you cross the bridge and left (on foot) along the bank a few hundred feet. The Smitty dam is beyond that a few more hundred feet. As Ned indicated, the tree is no longer there.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby RLC-GTT on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:54 pm

gh1836 wrote:I don't remember that piece of rough packed luggage falling of the buggy!

That's because it was an N.G. take. ;)
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby Lucas Speer on Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:58 am

Thanks everyone for the info and the photos! I really appreciate it. I am currently reading Mr. Farkis' new book and I am really enjoying it.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby alamobill on Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:35 am

Lucas, check your PM's (Private Messages)
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby MUSTANG on Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:03 pm

And, all of that is currently private property.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby RLC-GTT on Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:03 pm

What about the easment along the river bank? I thought that was fair game as long as you respect the private property adjoining. I just walk down along the edge of the bridge from the road to the river and turn left and walk along the bank. It was very overgrown the last time I was there several years ago -- and very little water in the river due to the drought.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby SantaClaus on Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:39 pm

I thought the Big Tree was making cars in Detroit. :lol:
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby RLC-GTT on Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:56 pm

Who let Santa Claus down the chimney? :lol:
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby MUSTANG on Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:52 am

Although folks park by the side of the bridge along the river bank, the private property starts about twenty feet from that parking area and runs all the way back to the waterfall and beyond. Everyone's property runs right down to the river bank on both sides, according to all owners. Hence, that is why Duke needed to rent the property from the Harvey's.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby MUSTANG on Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:00 am

I'll have to check my interview notes but, supposedly, all the acreage on both sides of the river, west of the bridge as it crosses over the river, was owned by a lady who, when she passed away, bequeathed it to multiple current owners. At one time, there used to be a plaque on one of the trees near the waterfall with the particulars. I once discovered an old dirt road, about a half mile from the present site that would take me way back there. But, a locked gate now denies access.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby RLC-GTT on Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:28 am

Bad me. I was trespassing. That can get you shot in Texas.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby SantaClaus on Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:29 am

MUSTANG wrote:... At one time, there used to be a plaque on one of the trees near the waterfall with the particulars...

The Flaca Plaque! I like the sound of the word. :lol:
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby MUSTANG on Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:07 pm

Rich, don't feel too bad. I was trespassing as well until I became friends with a few of the owners.
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Re: Big Tree Location

Postby SantaClaus on Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:51 am

MUSTANG wrote:Rich, don't feel too bad. I was trespassing as well until I became friends with a few of the owners.

Sounds more like you guys were treespassing. :lol:
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