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I finally was determined to break this door down and gathered every last bit of strength and pulled the door open. I screamed on the top of my lungs and ran out. My friend was mortified about what happened.
Submitted by Coby

       Categories: bathroom, hotel, footsteps, girls

I am 7th generation Central Texan. My grandfather (98), great grandmother (104), and great uncles (106 & 107) all shared many details of the past. My family is the Hollingsworth family who came from Ireland originally in 1692, and they were crazy enough to head this far South not long after. This is pre-Alamo! So, we know a whole lot about the land. We still have what was originally over 500 acres, but its 350+ acre (it grows with the falling water) ranch on what was the Colorado then. Then it became Lake Travis now. We are cattle ranchers. I am Native American on my father's side and have special ''gifts. ''
Two of the four houses I know are closest to the Native burial grounds - my mother's side that I will luckily inherit and become the guardian of the land. Even though my Caucasian, devout, strict Christian (previously Quakers) Elders had no idea, nor did they believe in ANY superstitions. It is an awesome ''coincidence'' that they built our pet cemetery in the same sacred space. I have every intention of being laid to rest there myself. There is still about 3-4 miles of lakefront. This 7-year drought we are suffering from is disclosing many of the secrets past that were covered up by building of Mansfield Dam, in turn making Lake Travis. We find arrow heads sometimes weekly and other artifacts.

Personally our family, my great-grandparents, had to move the original big house that has since been rebuilt, unfortunately, to the front of our property to make way for the lake. Many others were not able to move, and so they lost their homes, barns, and much of their land. Now even more than ever, when you boat around the ''lake'' which is almost the size of the original river, you see more and more of the past sometimes just under the surface. It can be very dangerous, so please any boaters, be aware.

Since I was a child, I have encountered a number of women and 2 children who were taken by ''the fever. '' This is called ''Texas Cattle Fever/Babesia which is in the genus of Malaria. I know this because along with Lyme and 3 other co-infections, the ticks and spiders of the land carry these maladies. Personally, I am 34 years chronic, and I have had since I was 7. I have also seen a handful of warrior spirits, most are hunting. Some are just keeping a watchful eye. All except one young lady were Natives. I have, yet, to get a real confirmation of her reason for being there. But, what I feel or I should say, I am under the impression she was a casualty on the trail crossing over with her family to reach Marble Falls. Where it terrifies my cousins, I feel it is very cool, and I am honored to encounter the spirits. The white men I have seen are always travelers down at the old river bed which was covered by water for so many years and in the vicinity of the sides of the lake.

Previously, there was an old ferry that was the pull rope type which actually was the original Lohman's Crossing. This is why there is a Lohman's Crossing in Lago Vista on the North side in Lago Vista and a Lohman's Crossing on the South in Lakeway. You can encounter many, many pioneer travelers and, sadly, drowning victims in this vicinity as it is one the busiest parts of the lake. Our place is directly opposite across from Spicewood where my Elders are originally from, but our family was the only ones divided by the lake. I am in town since my child attends school on the South side here. However, I truly look forward to going home, living there on my plot and growing old there. I always wonder who or what I will see next. It is such a blessing to have the windows into the past and see the Elders that still inhabit our land on a regular basis.

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