Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Illinois Bend Massacre, A Ghost Town in North Texas


It was a bitter cold, windy night in March of 1863 or 1864 that an estimated band of 150 to 300 Indians led by white renegades attacked the little settlement of Illinois Bend. The families were huddled around a roaring fire in the great fireplace when Anderson became aware that there were no sounds of hooting owls outside. He went out to investigate and never returned. When he failed to return, Harris went out only to discover the entire settlement was surrounded by a large band of Indians. He rushed back inside giving the alarm to the others. John Willett, his daughter and Mrs Anderson were killed and scalped at their new home. Mrs. Willett remarkably was able to make it to Head-of-Elm, but was half-frozen. She walked there in her night clothes and with bare feet, in the dark the some fifteen miles to tell of the massacre. She told of running off a bunch of wild hogs and warming herself in their bedding. You can still hear the screams of those being scalped in the cold night air and possibly see the lone woman on the road struggling to reach Head-of-Elm (now St Jo).

See where it all happened....

Join Us on FaceBook for Scheduled Tours:
DFW Adventures & North Texas Tours (FaceBook)
https://www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures  

Join us as we explore the Texas back roads, see beautiful scenery and countryside, visit an actual ghost town where settlers were massacred, look out over the Red River, see a wind farm, eat German food in Muenster and see an Old Gothic Church in Lindsay. Then stop for some kolaches to take home to family and friends.

Event ideal for Photographers,
Historians, Tourists, Adventurers
$8 Cash + $2 Fee if Credit Card
Note: Fees are charged per person.
Additional fee if we survive a tornado!

Meet North of Denton, Texas
Lower parking lot of the Horny Toad Cafe
5812 Interstate 35, Denton, TX 76207
http://tinyurl.com/map-meeting-location

Arrive early and enjoy lunch at the:
Horny Toad Cafe (Great Patio!)
http://hornytoadcafe.com/

Note: Please have your vehicle completely filled up and in good working order, an empty bladder and prepared for a long drive, some of it at night - no end time listed. THIS will be an adventure!

Recommended: 2 Way Radio (Channel 5, Code 0)
Please bring a flashlight with fresh batteries
Snacks & Beverages, Cash for Dinner

Excellent two way radios for the road that have NOAA weather alerts, which are ideal for the storm season:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Motorola-Talkabout-MS350R-2-Way-Radio/16419625

Event Agenda and Stops:
- Butterfield Overland Stage Coach Crossing
GPS Coordinates: N 33 28.215 W 097 31.015
- See a small Ghost Town near the Red River
- Massacre at Illinois Bend
- Red River Bridge
- Muenster for Dinner
- Old Gothic Church (Lindsay)
- Site of the Great Hanging
- Historic Homes (Gainesville)
- Lake Ray Roberts Drive
- Scariest House in Texas!

Route Map with Stops:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zZ2a16QTkJYY.kROFJovxsFJI

Read more about Ghost Town Illinois Bend:
http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGhostTowns/IllinoisBendTexas/IllinoisBendTexas.htm

A True GHOST Town! Settlers Massacred:
http://montaguecountyhistory.com/indians-massacre-settlers-at-illinois-bend-p125-139.htm

By participating in this event you agree to not hold organizer(s) responsible for accidents, injuries, damage or theft of property. This is a participate at your own risk event.

For updates friend Dave Randall
www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

Event Disclaimer:
http://www.tinyurl.com/DFWA-Disclaimer

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DFWA Upcoming Events / Disclaimer

Details can be found on our FaceBook and Website:

DFWA Website: sites.google.com/site/dfwadventures
DFWA FaceBook: www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

We look forward to seeing you soon!

DFW Adventures (DFWA)


All participants in DFWA events agree to the following:

DFWA Disclaimer and Resources

Monday, November 4, 2013

DFWA Turner Falls Day Trip ($10 p/p)

Please ignore the posting date of the blog post, visit our website for..
Event Date and Times: https://sites.google.com/site/dfwadventures
DFWA on FaceBook (Updates): www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

Join DFWA for a trip to the beautiful Turner Falls, Oklahoma. We will hike, climb and go caving. If time permits later in the evening we will have a campfire where participants can cookout. One of the caves we will be visiting is off the beaten path and will require minimal use of rope to enter and exit. Turner Falls is a great place for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.

DFWA Fee is $6 cash per person including minors. (Park entry not included)
(Costs not included: Food / Drinks / Gas / Park entry $4 per person)

Meet at Panera Bread (11/16, 10AM): 2510 West University Drive, Denton
The Exit from I35W for University Drive is #469 (Hwy 380), Turn East.
Safest to go to light at Bonnie Brae turn north and then turn in first
drive way on left. Follow road until in front of Walmart (Panera).
(Should have a full tank and empty bladder before departure time)

Turner Falls Website: http://www.turnerfallspark.com

Participants Should Bring:
- Cash, Water, Snacks, Food for Cooking over campfire.
- Weather appropriate clothing, Good hiking footwear with tread.
- Dust Mask for when we go inside the caves.
- Fully Charged Cell Phone for road emergencies.
- Car should be well maintained for drive (Check tires, coolant).
- Spare tire (aired, no cracks), Jack that fits your car.

Highly Recommended:
- Small First Aid Kit, Flash Light, Road Beacon, Can of Fix a Flat.
- 2 way radio w/ NOAA Alerts (Set to channel 5, code 0).

Additional Information:
Those who wish to carpool, there is a Walmart nearby where monitored parking is available, however, DFWA and organizers are not responsible for your car or property. Be sure to help pay your part of gas.

Minors 10+ are welcome / Pets are not because of obstacles and park rules.


Difficulty (1:Easy - 5:Hard): Rated 3 depending on your endurance.
Length of Event: All Afternoon Event, Estimate 100 mile Drive.
Environment: Rocky, Dirt Trails, Casual Climbing, Dusty, Cold

Only RSVP if you truly feel that you can attend.
Do not re-post to other event boards or sites.
No smoking near other members of group.
Do not attend if you are sick or have health issues.
No radio or recorded music, guitars are welcome!
No photos, videos or tagging of organizer(s).
Questions: Ask for "Mother". (DFWA Organizer)

Notice: All participants in DFWA events agree not to hold DFWA or any of its organizers or members responsible for accidents, loss or damage to equipment, loss of life or limb. You are responsible for your own safety and agree to the DFWA Disclaimer posted below.

Read DFWA Disclaimer and Resources!
Join DFWA on FaceBook (for Pics & Updates)
Visit DFWA on YouTube (for Event Videos)
Read DFWA on Blogger (for Blog Posts)

DFWA Bonfire & Holiday Carols

Please ignore the posting date of the blog post, visit our website for..
Event Date and Times: https://sites.google.com/site/dfwadventures
DFWA on FaceBook (Updates): www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

Join DFWA at Willow Grove Park for a Bonfire & Holiday Carols.

We had such a great success with our bonfires that we are offering them again this year! Our bonfire location will look out over the lake and the beautiful Lake Lewisville Bridge that is lit up at night. We will have hot cider and cocoa available. Even if you can't sing come hum along with participants who will be rehearsing for our ( DFWA Caroling Event ). All participants please bring a bundle of wood to contribute to the fire

Worth Marie LaRose, an absolutely amazing new artist, plans to attend to help lead us in some festive holiday songs. She attended last year and provided us with original and cover music that made it an evening to remember! The $3 cash p/p for this event will go to her if she can make it out this year.

Google Map Directions from I-35 (Willow Grove Park)
Note: Check for event updates http://www.tinyurl.com/dfwa-web

Approximate Coordinates for Fire: N 33 7.302' W 97 0.734'
Web Address: Willow Grove Park (Please read park rules)
Park Fee: Entry fee to park is $2 per car at front entrance.
(Self Pay at park entrance, Organizer not responsible for fines)

Participants should bring:
- $5 in dollar bills ($2/$3), 1 Bundle of Wood for Fire.
- Copy of ( Holiday Carols ) if you want to sing.
- A comfortable chair, blanket, Insulated cup.
- A good flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Participants may bring a guitar, please no radio music.
- Stick for roasting marshmallows over the fire.

Difficulty (1:Easy - 5:Hard): Rated 1 depending on weather.
Length of Event: Event ends at 10PM (Park quiet hours begin).
Environment: Primitive, Temp, Dark, Possible Wind, Fire Bans.
Parking: Paid, Unsupervised, No past issues known.

Event Plan:
- Self Pay at entrance and drop off bundle of wood at site.
- Park in Willow Grove Parking Lot next to restrooms.
- Walk back to site and claim your place near the fire.
- Pay the Pig ($3 p/p) when you arrive at bonfire site.
- Hot cocoa, cider and marshmallows will be available.

Persons who have a poor attendance history or "No Shows"
Must confirm RSVP to DFWA events by posting a comment "I will be there" in the comment section or email to dfw.adventures@gmail.com. All others welcome with RSVP.

Only RSVP if you truly feel that you can attend.
Do not re-post to other event boards or sites.
No smoking near other members of group.
Do not attend if you are sick or have health issues.
No radio or recorded music, guitars are welcome!
No photos, videos or tagging of organizer(s).
Questions: Ask for "Mother". (DFWA Organizer)

Read DFWA Disclaimer and Resources!
Join DFWA on FaceBook (for Pics & Updates)
Visit DFWA on YouTube (for Event Videos)
Read DFWA on Blogger (for Blog Posts)

Monday, October 14, 2013

DFWA Hell's Gate, Dia de los Muertos Hike

Please ignore the posting date of the blog post, visit our website for..
Event Date and Times: https://sites.google.com/site/dfwadventures
DFWA on FaceBook (Updates): www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

Join Us on a hike through River Legacy Park to the fabled Hell's Gate! A Google search will reveal many who believe they have found Hell's Gate or have dared to try only to turn back in fear! We know where the real Hell's Gate is, the famous one featured in Weird Texas.

Dead YourSelf!  It is customary to dress as the dead during this festive event, painting your face as a skull accenting with colorful marigolds and costumes. [ Learn More ]

Cookout: There are grills available in the park. Time permitting we may have a cookout after the hike. If you wish to participate bring some food for the grill, chips, drinks and utensils.

We will meet in front of the restrooms on the hill inside the park. There is a patio area that overlooks the park fields and small lake. Meet there. Be on time! Map: N 32 47.426' W 97 6.860'

Persons who have a poor attendance history or "No Shows"
in profile must confirm RSVP to DFWA events by posting a comment "I will be there" in the comment section or email to dfw.adventures@gmail.com. All others welcome with RSVP.

Cost for event paid to organizer: $3.00 per person (cash)

The Story of Hell's Gate: Book Weird Texas / A Haunting in the Park
River Legacy Park: 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd  Arlington, TX 76006
Coordinates of Meetup Location: N 32 47.426' W 97 6.860'

Participants should bring:
- Cash $3 per / person for tour.
- Snack (apple slices, nuts, clif bars).
- Food, Drinks, Utensils (if cooking out).
- Water (1 quart refillable bottle).
- Weather appropriate Clothing.
- Sun Block, Bug Repellant (just in case).
- Comfortable Shoes (may want gel inserts).
- Camera (water proof bag if rain).

Highly Recommended:
- Flashlight and small First Aid Kit.
- Whistle and Compass, Print Out of Map.
- 2 way radio w/ NOAA Alerts (Set to channel 5, code 0).

Difficulty (1:Easy - 5:Hard): Rated 2-3 depending on weather.
Length of Event: 5+ miles, 3-4 Hours (with stops).
Environment: Dirt Trail, Drop Offs, Snakes and Poison Ivy.
Parking: Unsupervised, Lock and Hide Valuables.
Minors & Pets not advised / Please no open toed shoes

Only RSVP if you truly feel that you can attend.
Do not re-post to other event boards or sites.
No smoking near other members of group.
Do not attend if you are sick or have health issues.
No photos, videos or tagging of organizer(s).
Questions: Ask for "Mother". (DFWA Organizer)

Notice: All participants in DFWA events agree not to hold DFWA or any of its organizers or members responsible for accidents, loss or damage to equipment, loss of life or limb. You are responsible for your own safety and agree to the DFWA Disclaimer posted below.

Read DFWA Disclaimer and Resources!
Join DFWA on FaceBook (for Pics & Updates)
Visit DFWA on YouTube (for Event Videos)
Read DFWA on Blogger (for Blog Posts)

Monday, October 7, 2013

DFWA Wild West Tour (Campout?)

Please ignore the posting date of the blog post, visit our website for..
Event Date and Times: https://sites.google.com/site/dfwadventures
DFWA on FaceBook (Updates): www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

ATTENTION!!!! The Wild West Tour is still planned as scheduled. However, due to the recent government shutdown LBJ Grasslands is closed to camping and hiking.Thanks - DFWA

Join DFWA for a Wild West Tour! Jesse James & Younger Gang, Bonnie & Clyde, The Lost Battalion Room, (Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes), Decatur Square, The Chisholm Trail, Historic Decatur Courthouse, Battle of The Knob's, LBJ National Grasslands, Black Creek Reservoir.

Note: The DFWA fee to all participants is $5.00 p/p. Plus costs...
(Costs: Museum $2+Tip, Camping $2-$5, Food and Gas)

Video: DFWA Wild West Tour Promo
Print and Bring: Google Map of Driving Route
Meet at StarBucks: 2334 West University Drive, Denton, Texas
GPS Location: N 33 13.810' W 97 9.729'
(Should have a full tank and empty bladder before departure time)

Participants Should Bring:
- Water and Cash, snacks, Print out of Map.
- Camping Gear for participants who choose to camp.
- Food for grilling, Water, 1-2 bundles of wood for fire.

Highly Recommended:
- Whistle & Compass and Small First Aid Kit. Water!!!
- 2 way radio w/ NOAA Alerts (Set to channel 5, code 0).

Additional Information:
Those who wish to carpool there is a Walmart nearby where monitored parking is available, however, DFWA and organizers are not responsible for your car or property. Please note in the comments section that you are interested in carpooling either as a driver or passenger. Be sure to help pay your part of the gas

Approximate Timeline of Event:
- Departure from Denton.
- Jesse James Historical Marker.
- Arrive in Decatur.
- Bonnie & Clyde, Museum.
- Lunch at Sweetie Pies Ribeyes. (See Menu)
- Explore Square, Chisholm Trail, Courthouse.
- Meet back in front of Sweetie Pies, Depart.
- Battle of the Knobs Historical Marker.
- Visit Sunset Hill at LBJ Grasslands.
- Black Creek Reservoir (Kayaking or Hiking).
- (Must bring your own gear for kayaking or hiking).
- Bonfire and Cookout (Bring your own food).
- Camping for those staying overnight.
- (Must bring your own gear for camping).

Minors are welcome (If outdoor enthusiasts)
Pets are not advised (because of museum and restaurant)
However: Fuzzy's Taco nearby may have a pet friendly patio.


Difficulty (1:Easy - 5:Hard): Rated 2-3 depending on event you choose.
Length of Event: Saturday and Sunday. Return at your leisure.
Environment: Long drive, have car checked out and well maintained.
(Anyone with car troubles will be taken to nearest town if necessary.)

Persons who have a poor attendance history or "No Shows"
Must confirm RSVP to DFWA events by posting a comment "I will be there" in the comment section or email to dfw.adventures@gmail.com. All others welcome with RSVP.

Only RSVP if you truly feel that you can attend.
Do not re-post to other event boards or sites.
No smoking near other members of group.
Do not attend if you are sick or have health issues.
No radio or recorded music, guitars are welcome!
No photos, videos or tagging of organizer(s).
Questions: Ask for "Mother". (DFWA Organizer)

Notice: All participants in DFWA events agree not to hold DFWA or any of its organizers or members responsible for accidents, loss or damage to equipment, loss of life or limb. You are responsible for your own safety and agree to the DFWA Disclaimer posted below.

Read DFWA Disclaimer and Resources!
Join DFWA on FaceBook (for Pics & Updates)
Visit DFWA on YouTube (for Event Videos)
Read DFWA on Blogger (for Blog Posts)

Monday, September 23, 2013

DFWA Hell's Gate Haunted Hike

Please ignore the posting date of the blog post, visit our website for..
Event Date and Times: https://sites.google.com/site/dfwadventures
DFWA on FaceBook (Updates): www.facebook.com/dfw.adventures

Join Us on a hike through River Legacy Park to the fabled Hell's Gate! A Google search will reveal many who believe they have found Hell's Gate or have dared to try only to turn back in fear! We know where the real Hell's Gate is, the famous one featured in Weird Texas.

We will meet in front of the restrooms on the hill inside the park. There is a patio area that overlooks the park fields and small lake. Meet there. Be on time! Map: N 32 47.426' W 97 6.860'


Cost for event paid to organizer: $5.00 per person (cash)

The Story of Hell's Gate: Book Weird Texas / A Haunting in the Park
River Legacy Park: 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd  Arlington, TX 76006
Coordinates of Meetup Location: N 32 47.426' W 97 6.860'

Participants should bring:
- Cash $5 per / person for tour.
- Snack (apple slices, nuts, clif bars).
- Food, Drinks, Utensils (if cooking out).
- Water (1 quart refillable bottle).
- Weather appropriate Clothing.
- Bug Repellant (just in case).
- Comfortable Shoes (That can get dirty, No sandals of any kind!).
- Camera (water proof bag if rain).

Highly Recommended:
- Flashlight and small First Aid Kit.
- Whistle and Compass, Print Out of Map.
- 2 way radio w/ NOAA Alerts (Set to channel 5, code 0).

Difficulty (1:Easy - 5:Hard): Rated 2-3 depending on weather.
Length of Event: 5+ miles, 3-4 Hours (with stops).
Environment: Dirt Trail, Drop Offs, Snakes and Poison Ivy.
Parking: Unsupervised, Lock and Hide Valuables.
Minors & Pets not advised / Please no sandals of any kind!

Only RSVP if you truly feel that you can attend.
Do not re-post to other event boards or sites.
No smoking near other members of group.
Do not attend if you are sick or have health issues.
No photos, videos or tagging of organizer(s).
Questions: Ask for "Mother". (DFWA Organizer)

Notice: All participants in DFWA events agree not to hold DFWA or any of its organizers or members responsible for accidents, loss or damage to equipment, loss of life or limb. You are responsible for your own safety and agree to the DFWA Disclaimer posted below.

Read DFWA Disclaimer and Resources!
Join DFWA on FaceBook (for Pics & Updates)
Visit DFWA on YouTube (for Event Videos)
Read DFWA on Blogger (for Blog Posts)