Buildings Eagle Lake,
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is located in southeast
Colorado County, on U.S. Highway 90 Alternate, some 60 miles
west of Houston, 140 east of San Antonio and 100 miles
southeast of Austin.
Highways serving the community are U.S. 90A, and Texas FM
102, FM 3013 and FM 1093, and 12 miles to the north is
Eagle Lake has long been an agricultural
community. Rice is the major crop; however, cotton, grains,
and cattle production are also important to the economy.
Sand and gravel mines around Eagle Lake supply the materials
for construction to a large part of southeast Texas. Today,
Eagle Lake is diversifying its economy with a strong
emphasis on bringing new industry into the area as well as
helping existing business prosper and grow.
The rice fields, along
with the largest private lake in the State of Texas, Eagle
Lake, provide an attractive wintering ground for many
migratory birds. The hunting industry that thrives each
winter has earned Eagle Lake the title — "Goose Hunting
Capital of the World."
In addition to the ducks
and geese that winter in the Eagle Lake area, there
are many other species of fowl that find an attractive
habitat in the Eagle Lake area. At the Attwater’s Prairie
Chicken Wild Life Preserve nearby, a major effort is being
made to save the endangered species. The City has developed
a nature area that includes an observation platform
overlooking the lake. This provides the public with a view
of the lake and the many birds, alligators and other
wildlife that make's this beautiful lake their home.
Eagle Lake truly is — "A Nature Lovers Paradise."
Eagle Lake, Texas Chamber of commerce website
Eagle Lake History
Eagle Lake is on Highway 90A east of the
Colorado River and fifty miles southwest of Houston
in southeast Colorado County. The town is beside a
1,400 acre lake also known as Eagle Lake. Below the
lake is the Lower Lake. Both lakes are privately
owned and are leased for hunting and fishing.
Eagle Lake's history stretches back to the
time when the vast prairies were abundantly covered
with tall grass, wild flowers and wild game. The
Karankawa Indians were known to have settled here.
They fished in the lake, ate the alligators, and
used the grease from them to ward away the
mosquitoes. Legends have grown around the presence
of the Indians, and the earliest known version of
"The Legend of the Lake" was printed in the "Morning
Star", published in Houston June 13, 1839. Later, it
was reprinted by the "Richmond Telescope". "The
Legend of the Lake" is a romantic tale of two
ill-fated lovers beside the waters of the lake.
Eagle Lake is marked on early Texas maps. The
name was probably given in 1821 by William W. Little
and James Beard, two of Austin's scouts, when one of
them killed an eagle on the lake and called the
water "Laguna del Aquila". The original Austin Land
Grant was approved April 23, 1823. In 1824 land
along the east side of the Colorado River was
quickly claimed. The original grantees were Rawson
Alley, Gabriel Shaw Snider, A.W. McLain and J.W.
McNair, James Ross, James Nelson, C.C. Dyer, Thomas
Cartwright and Andrew Rabb. On March 22, 1838,
Patrick Reels was granted 2,391 acres on the shores
of the lake, adjoining land grants owned by A. L.
McLain and James McNair. In 1848 this grant was
patented to the heirs of P. Reels by the state.
Gamaliel Good along with D.W.C. Harris purchased
2,300 acres of Patrick Reels property in 1856. It
was divided among Good and his sons. Good
subsequently deeded half interest in 600 acres to
DeWitt Clinton Harris a director of the Buffalo
Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway. Together they
planned the town to be a station on a new railroad
between Harrisburg and Austin. The rails reached
Eagle Lake in 1859. Later the Southern Pacific, the
Cane Belt, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass, and the
Santa Fe railroads all made Eagle Lake accessible
for shipment of crops and, later, of gravel.
Judge J. J. Mansfield, a distinguished congressman
from Texas, began his law practice in Eagle Lake.
Mansfield edited a small newspaper titled "The
Canoe". In 1888 Mansfield was elected County Judge
of Colorado County. On September 13, 1888 Mansfield
issued the order of incorporation of Eagle Lake.
Captain J.W. McCarty was the first mayor and T.W.
Eldridge was the first city marshall. Eldridge was
the founder of Sugar Land Industries.
After the Civil War, Capt. William Dunovant started
raising sugarcane and built a sugar mill at
Lakeside, on the eastern shore of the lake. In 1913
the mill was sold and moved to Jamaica. Dunovant
also introduced the cultivation of rice irrigated by
lake water in 1896. Thereafter, employees pumped
water from the Colorado River to the lake and then
into canals, irrigating the rice. Some of the rice
was irrigated by shallow wells. John Linderholm of
Chesterville expanded the rice industry, irrigated
by wells, to the prairie north of Eagle Lake. Rice
mills were also established in Eagle Lake. In the
1980s the mills were gone, though rice culture was
still one of the major local industries.
Huge sand and gravel deposits were mined west of the
lake, leaving stretches of water for fishing and
water skiing and bringing the manufacture of
concrete products to Eagle Lake. Numerous bones of
ancient animals were found in the gravel mines.
Production of both oil and natural gas in the area
also contributed to the economy. In the 1960s Eagle
Lake became a recreational center for hunting geese
and ducks that wintered on the prairies in the rice
stubble and around the lake.
Eagle Lake has long been a shipping center.
At one time there were three rail lines serving the
area. Today, oil, cattle, rice, sand and gravel
shipments make Eagle Lake the second largest point
of tonnage shipped on the Southern Pacific between
San Francisco and New Orleans.
The growing of rice on the prairies surrounding the
town has attracted a vast number of ducks and geese
to the area. The fine hunting prompted Eagle Lake
to be proclaimed the "Goose Hunting Capital of the
of Eagle Lake, TX has
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