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East Texas tourist spots make a buzz on Buzzfeed

In Talk of East Texas

Ryan Wagoner

By Ryan Wagoner
Feb. 26, 2016 at 2:32 p.m.
Updated Feb. 26, 2016 at 2:32 p.m.

While there are many words to describe the sights and sounds of East Texas, creepy and surreal might not often top the list of monikers for the region.

But that's what two posts on the ever-popular media site Buzzfeed did this February with two separate list-articles, named in the standard, hyperbole Buzzfeed fashion; "16 Of The Creepiest Places In Texas That’ll Forever Haunt Your Dreams" and "15 Surreal Places In Texas You Need To Visit Before You Die."

In the first story, Stagecoach Road in Marshall was listed among other spooky sites like the Texas Ghost Tracks in San Antonio and abandoned Hero’s Water World in Odessa.

In the story, a Facebook user named Becky Crenshaw recounts her experience on the road at night, where she and a group of passengers stopped their car, turned off the lights and rolled down the windows in the middle of the road.

Stagecoach Road has a long history of travelers recounting chilling tales from their experience on the road and has even been a popular site for paranormal investigators, along with simply being a fun tourist attraction.

In 2013, a group called Sonshine Paranormal Investigators put together a video documenting their trip down the road.

As for surreal Texas vistas, the Buzzfeed pointed out the scenic views of Caddo Lake, which has always been a popular spot to check out for East Texas visitors and wildlife enthusiasts. In 2015 it was named one of the 10 most popular lakes in the U.S. by Yahoo Travel.

The lake is also known for its dedicated conversationalist groups and their pursuits to maintain the natural beauty and ecosystem of the lake habitat. Multiple groups have been working since 2006 to combat giant salvinia, one of several invasive species that threaten the health of the lake.

The lake has served as a starting point for the Texas Fish and Wildlife paddlefish project, which began in May 2014 to re-introduce the paddlefish, a 350-million-year-old fish, into Texas waters.

Additionally, the lake and its surrounding cities have served as a source of inspiration for artists nation-wide. Caddo Lake is prominently featured in the award-winning documentary movie "Uncertain" which follows the individual stories of four men who call the town of Uncertain their home.

While we're glad East Texas got a bit of the national spotlight on Buzzfeed for two of its interesting locations, we're sure there are plenty more local surreal or creepy places that could have been added to the list. What other East Texas locales would you add to either?



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