courtesy Graceful Ghost Steamboat Co.
Texas History in a Pecan Shell
With a name like
Uncertain - it's appropriate that even the origin of the name is unclear.
Two stories are offered in the Handbook of Texas and one is as good
as the other. One is the "uncertainty" of the residents as to whether
they belonged to the U. S. or the Republic of Texas since the boundary
is formed by the lake. The
other story is said to come from riverboat crews who never certain
if their boats were firmly anchored. This story has credit since the
town was once known as "Uncertain Landing." A third story claims
that the difficulty of mapping the region left surveyors "uncertain."
The community has always had strong economic ties to the outdoor activities.
As early as 1900 a "rod and gun" club was in operation - known as
the Uncertain Club. The logging of cypress trees and the fishing kept
Uncertain's economy afloat through the 40s and tourism has been the
mainstay ever since.
In 1961 the town incorporated to allow the sale of alcohol. Most Uncertainites
operated tourist-related businesses. In 1988 the estimated population
was 189 which has declined to the figure above.
Most of the Caddo
Lake shore resorts are within Uncertain city limits.
Lake Swamps/Wildlife & Uncertain
On Uncertain - "There have been quite a number of movies
made here, most of them by Walt Disney. Note that this area is known
world wide. At noon today I went to the Shady Glade Café in Uncertain
and had a sandwich. There were three photographers from England.
They were getting ready to take a boat tour of the area. The manger
at the Café had a register that visitors sign. He said people have
come from Japan, Russia, many countries in Europe. Shady Glade is
a unique place as it is a marina, a small motel and other items.
This is where the Paddle-Wheel boat operates out of." - Gerald
Massey, August 11, 2011
Lake by Bob Bowman
"... If anyone ever asks me to pick the lake I like most, Caddo
Lake would be high on my list, largely because its mystical nature
is captivating... Caddo Lake is actually a state park with
2.5 miles of hiking trails that wind around a handful of small communities,
including Uncertain...” more
Texas, Caddo Lake and Cypress Trees
by Nolan Maxie
A personal look at the region
Uncertain Area Hotels, Book Here > Marshall
Swamps, Wildlife & Uncertain
is rich in wildlife. The lake’s alligators are shy, but if you look
closely you’ll find them swimming lazily between the cypress trees,
sometimes with birds riding on their backs. You’ll also find opossums,
all kind of snakes and scorpions, egrets, blue herons, beavers, deer,
raccoons, bobcats and coyotes. And in the trees, barred owls seem
to call out with a low-pitched sound that sounds like, “Who cooks
for you?" The cypress trees are home to a Spanish moss..."
- From Caddo Lake by Bob
|Uncertain - Caddo
Lake Tourist Information
Photo courtesy Gerald
for the "Annual Floating Christmas Parade"
First Sunday in December
Photo courtesy Gerald
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