Words to Travel By:

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut

"We can't be lost.  We're making such good time." – a friend

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."  – Georgia O'Keeffe [Because bridges are my kryptonite.]

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain


Aldrige Sawmill


A three-mile hike into the Angelina Forest near Jasper, Texas reveals the remains of the Aldridge Sawmill. Abandoned since the 1920s, the mill was once a thriving enterprise served by the Burrs Ferry, Browndell and Chester Railroad (BFB&C) and the adjacent company town was home to 1,000 - 1,500 workers. The property is overseen by the USDA Forest Service and is part of the Angelina National Forest, accessible via a hiking trail built on the earth berms constructed for tram access.

The History Center in Diboll, Texas has a wonderful collection of resources available regarding the area's rich history including this piece by Jonathon Gerland, A Sense of Place in the Angelina Forest: Aldridge, Blue Hole, Bouton Lake, Boykin Springs, and Turpentine.

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