This Seasonal Event doesn’t start until July 1 but I as soon as I found it was sanctioned I took to the internet to read about it. Sanderson is a small town of around 800 people. It is the county seat of Terrell so there will be a courthouse.
Sanderson was founded in 1882. It was a switching point for the Southern Pacific Railroad, where refueling and crew changes on its main transcontinental route took place. Mohair and wool production on surrounding ranches formed a significant part of the economy.
On June 11, 1965, tragedy struck the town of Sanderson. A massive flood washed away half the community. It was a rainy couple of days, but the waters from thunderstorms out west brought at least 11 inches of rain that rushed down Sanderson Creek. Since then, many flood-control dams have been erected across the arroyos upstream from the town.
I was a Junior in high school in a state far away from Texas when this happened, and it never came to my knowledge back then. But today it makes me look at this small rural town with new eyes. I look forward to my upcoming walk here.