Lake Livingston

The woods of East Texas are filled with a dazzling array of reds, oranges and yellows in October. This is a very different Texas than the one to the west, and it should not be overlooked when you are traveling throughout this great state – especially at this time of year.

Sunset @ Lake Livingston, originally uploaded by biglee.tx1576.

Lake Livingston, in Livingston Texas, is the second largest lake in Texas. With 450 miles of shoreline, the lake never feels crowded. It is a wonderful place to experience the outdoors, by boat or on one of the many trails near the lake.

There are several interesting historical sites near Lake Livingston. The Coldsping Old Jail Museum, built in 1887, displays many artifacts from the homesteads of early settlers who lived in the area. It also has a hangman’s trip – never used, but very much worth viewing nonetheless. Nearby, the Coldpsring United Methodist Church was built in 1858, and is considered by many to be the oldest continually operating Methodist Church in Texas.

The Polk County Memorial Museum is very informative about the lives of Native Americans who lived here and the American Pioneers who first settled here. It also relates how the Civil War affected this part of East Texas. Also interesting to visit is the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation – the oldest Texas Indian Reservation.
Next time you need a break from your routine, head to the southern part of East Texas and check out the local bed and breakfasts. Although you won’t be too far from Houston or Dallas, you will feel like you are in a different world. The pace is slower here, and the quiet more noticeable.

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