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Lake Meredith National Recreational Area

Posted on: November 7, 2014

After doing the volksmarch in Borger and checking out the county courthouse in Stinnet we headed back to Amarillo via the Lake Meredith National Recreational Area.  We were looking for the “Mesquite Trail” which is just a little .3 mile trail.  There were no signs pointing to it.

We took a left turn and came to McBride Canyon.

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The camera doesn’t do it justice.

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The red on the walls was brighter and the orange trees set them off perfectly.

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Once past here the road turned to dirt so we didn’t go far.  We did stop and look at the McBride cabin.

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You can’t read the marker so this is what it say:

“A pioneer settler quarried Alibates dolomite from the canyon rim to build this house, mortared with lime burned on the site. Wood in ridge beams, door and window lintels, ice house, and corral came from old railroad bridge timbers salvaged from Canadian River. The floors are of masonry mortar. The builder, David Nichols McBride, was born Oct. 22, 1849, in Henry County, Ill., married Abigail Catharine Stringer at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, July 2, 1876; and settled near village of Amarillo Sept. 17, 1887–just 18 days after Potter County was organized. The McBrides had seven children. This site (in “Watered Homestead”) and three alternate “Dry Grazing” school lands sections were situated in center of the famous LX Ranch, owned by the American Pastoral Company of London. Patent for his land was issued to McBride in 1901, upon proof of three years occupancy. The Homestead Section cost $1.50 an acre, with payments extending over 40 years at 3% interest. The grazing land cost $1.00 an acre. McBride died June 26, 1928, in Needles, Calif.; heirs sold this property in 1963 to the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority. It is now administered by the National Park Service, Sanford Recreation Area, Lake Meredith. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1971.”

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We drove back out of the canyon and took the turn to the right.  It lead us here.

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We went inside and chatted with the Ranger. He was very nice and ran a short movie about the area for us. Very enjoyable. We looked at the displays.  That is a mammoth’s jawbone found nearby.

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The Mesquite Trail that we were looking for was actually there at the visitor’s center. We strolled around a small hill and ended back at the parking lot.

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