The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996 Page: 3
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At the Trinity River near what is now Eagle Ford is the beginning of a chain of rugged
crags, covered with the evergreen of the cedar. At the beginning of these crags the hills
are small and almost bare, then they gradually get larger and higher and the cedars thicken. To
the early settler these crags, from a distance, looked like mountains, so they called them "The
Cedar Mountains." ... In the early days pioneers stopped where there was wood and water.
No matter how attractive the view, no matter how fertile the soil, no matter how desirable the
location, wood and water were indispensable. --- The History of the Cedar Mountains
Cousin Elaine told me how she loved to come back to Texas in the spring. She loved to see
the new light green leaves of the mesquite tree sprinkled with the delicate pink blossoms of
the redbud trees. She said she always carried that picture in her mind no matter where she
lived, and that it never truly seemed like spring unless she came back to Texas.
My hands grew clammy, and my heart raced. My God, I thought, what's happening to me?
Coming around that curve through the cedar brakes on 1-20, I looked out over the bottom
lands and felt the road drop out from under me. I told myself that it was silly; I've got to go
on. I can't quit now. I'll graduate next year. I've waited thirty years for this. I have to breathe; I
have to breathe. I won't fly off the edge; I won't lose control The mind can play incredibly
powerful tricks on the body. It almost tricked me. I came that close to not making it. Funny,
how the mind can control the body. There I was driving away from Duncanville, but
something was pulling back. I know what it was, though. It was the security and comfort of
my life over the last forty years. They didn't want me to go on; they wanted me to stay with
Here’s what’s next.
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Dallas Genealogical Society. The Dallas Journal, Volume 42, 1996, periodical, December 1996; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth186855/m1/9/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Genealogical Society.