The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996 Page: 4
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T he Brazos river ... tumbles over a ledge of rocks ... whose roaring waters, seething and
foaming in turbulence during high water, and rippling, spraying and sparkling, as its clear
waters tumble gleaming over its limestone ledges at low water, have been the most famous
landmark of central Texas since history began. --- Memorial and Biographical History of
McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties, Texas.
Aunt Penny said that Annie Laurie had told her about trips the family used to take to the Falls.
All the farmers and their families packed up their wagons and spent a week at the Falls,
picnicking and resting from farm work along the banks of the Brazos. The men would fish
and the women would cook. The children would play at the edge of the water, but they
weren't allowed to go swimming. It was too dangerous to go swimming; everyone knew that
there were suck holes in the river. No one knew when you might swim into one.
Mother took Roger and me on a tour through Falls County and Cedar Springs one summer
afternoon. We stopped at the Falls that day to have a look at this famous spot on the river.
Only then did it dawn on me that this was where the county got its name --- Falls County
from the Falls on the Brazos River. It was a dry year the first time I saw it. A span of concrete
replaced the natural rocks. That year the water was so low we could have driven our car
across. Children and their families were splashing around and cooling themselves as families
had done for many years.
The next time I saw the Falls I was shocked at the change. This year there had been rain. I
couldn't even see the concrete ledge. The water coursed past with frightening power. The
water foamed and churned, carrying tree limbs and debris as it roared by. I wondered at how
the river's fickleness must have shaped the people who lived along the river, loving it one
minute and fearing it the next.
DGS Journal4 1996
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