Purtis Creek State Park

Purtis Creek State Park

14225 FM 316
Eustace, TX 75124

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Purtis Creek State Park is located in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties and has a total acreage of 1582.4. The park was acquired in 1977 from private owners and was opened to the public in 1988. Purtis Creek State Park is located in an area where the Wichita and Caddo Indians once roamed. Just east of the park, on private property, is a cliff over hang that was used by unknown Indians as a temporary shelter. Petroglyphs are carved into the rock walls that indicate this area was a good hunting area. This area being well populated with game caused an influx of Anglos in the early to mid-1800s. Many small towns and communities were established during this time. The road that lies on the south border of the park at the entrance was known as the Tyler to Porter's Bluff Road, a well known stage route from East Texas to the Trinity River. Along this route, just northeast of Edom near the Neches River, is the site where the famed Cherokee Indian Chief Boles was slain in the Battle of the Neches in 1839. Information from the park's site

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