Somewhere along Prairie Creek is the hideout cave of Belle Starr.The cave had wood support beams and ceiling making it big enough to comfortably hide several people and their horse for a few days. There was also a fresh spring pool created by a stone dam. The cave collapsed a long time ago, but there are reports that the dam is still visible. On my day of searching I think I was close but the creek banks are covered in dense privet and poison ivy so I sat and drew these boulders with their exposed fossil shells and thought about riding a horse down this beautiful creek to a hidden cave.
Crawford Memorial Park, Pleasant Grove, TX.
All Images copyrighted by the artist, Brad Ford Smith 2023