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Near Cedar Creek in Bastrop County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Bluff Trail Overlook

Bluff Trail Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, November 19, 2014
1. Bluff Trail Overlook Marker
Inscription.  The bluff stands 80 feet above the Colorado River at Wilbarger Bend. Josiah Wilbarger was an early settler whose family owned the land on the opposite side of the river during the 1800s. Josiah was one of a few Texans who were scalped and lived to tell the story. There was also a lumber mill just east (downstream) of this overlook, known as McKinney's Mill. The mill was located on the Colorado River to transport pine, cedar and cottonwood lumber to surrounding communities along the river. The steep bluffs and canyons that are the namesakes of McKinney Roughs are the remnants of ancient oyster beds and offshore reefs. These areas are harder ground than the surrounding sandy soils that have eroded away to form the steep canyons within the park.

WILBARGER, JOSIAH PUGH (1801-1844) Josiah Pugh Wilbarger was one of the earliest settlers in Texas. Wilbarger and his wife Margaret arrived at Matagorda on Dec. 26, 1827. Wilbarger taught at Matagorda for a year before moving to La Grange, where he taught and did surveying until he settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony in a bend of the Colorado River 10 miles above the site of present Bastrop.
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Photographed By Gregory Walker, November 19, 2014
2. Bluff Trail Overlook Location
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This is the land on the opposite side of the river. He was granted a league of land (about 4,428 acres) in January 1832. In August 1833, Wilbarger was a member of a surveying party that was attacked by Native Americans near Pecan Springs, about four miles east of the site of present Austin. He was scalped but was still alive when he was found the next day by Reuben Hornsby, and was taken to the Horsnby home for treatment. Wilbarger never completely recovered from his wound, although he lived for about 11 more years. He died at his home near Bastrop on April 11, 1844, survived by his wife and five children.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1832.
Location. 30° 8.924′ N, 97° 27.178′ W. Marker is near Cedar Creek, Texas, in Bastrop County. Marker can be reached from Hyatt Lost Pines Road north of Texas Highway 71, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in McKinney Roughs Park at the Bluff Trail Overlook on the Bluff Trail Loop hiking trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1884 State Highway 71 W, Cedar Creek TX 78612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilbarger's Bend (approx. 2.9 miles away); Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of the Home of Col. Robert M. Coleman
Panorama from Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney
3. Panorama from Marker
A panoramic shot looking out towards the Colorado River at Wilbarger Bend
(approx. 5.3 miles away); George Self (approx. 6 miles away); Joseph J. Manor Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); David Crawford Edmiston (approx. 6 miles away); James Euwin Edmiston (approx. 6 miles away); Webberville Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 6.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a plaque mounted on the rail fence overlooking the Colorado River.
Also see . . .  Josiah P. Wilbarger. Wikipedia article (Submitted on November 23, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3. submitted on November 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022