Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 52

“If, as historian Ty Cashion has observed, the Western Cross Timbers was possibly the bloodiest of America’s frontiers, that distinction may be explained, at least in part, by its unique geographical position at the interface of several cultures,” wrote Richard V. Francaviglia in his insightful book, The Cast Iron Forest — A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers. “The Cross Timbers marked a zone of interaction between Spanish/Mexican and Indian/French cultures in the early nineteenth century, and between Native American and Anglo-American cultures in the mid-nine- teenth century… ” But finally, in the mid- to late-1870s, the long fought- over-area began to see exponential growth. The U.S. Army had chased down the last of the Native American holdouts who fought savagely to retain control of their traditional lands. Gen. Ranald S. Mackenzie was relentless in his 50 Locomotive at Aledo pursuit of hostiles whose intransigence kept the frontier inflamed. Fledgling communities began to pop up across Parker County, some putting down roots and remaining to this day, some shooting up and lingering but a few years in the sun, and others … well, others just vanished. We don’t even know where some of them were. Take Agricola. Admittedly, I am not the most proficient of researchers, but I could find nothing pinpointing Agricola’s location. “Our records indicate that the town of Agricola no longer exists,” reads the Texas Almanac. Well, yeah … but where was it? No one seems to know. But according to the almanac website, “The town is available for adop- tion. ADOPT NOW!” I depressed the “Add to Cart” button and the next screen told me that for a mere $25 per year it could be mine. “Checkout Now” took me to a screen where I had the option to adopt Agricola in honor or in