In the worst yearlong drought ever recorded in Texas, lakes are receding and exposing prehistoric skulls, graveyards, and 1800s towns including the concrete foundation of a church. That’s why some adventurers are finding God in Texas ghost towns, beneath depleted lakes.
“Most people in Texas probably didn’t realize what was under these lakes,” said Pat Mercado-Allinger, the Texas Historical Commission’s archaeological division director in the article: Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves , posted on MSNBC.com on 11/20/11. Most of the region’s lakes were man-made and many have dropped by more than a dozen feet, the article said.
One underwater town was known as Bluffton, Texas. One man whose great-great-great grandfather helped establish Bluffton, said his research showed 389 graves were moved starting in 1931 before construction of the dam began. That’s also the year old-Bluffton’s 40 or 50 residents started moving several miles west to the current Bluffton, which today sits at a lonely highway intersection and has a convenience store and a post office. The required move was devastating to residents who had no choice but to abandon ranches and pecan trees.
Apparently not all the graves were moved as several 1880s era marble headstones are now visible. Across the state the receding waters have revealed other finds, including “the skull of an American Indian buried for hundreds or thousands of years” and “a small cemetery that appears to contain the graves of freed slaves,” the article said. “A century-old church has emerged at Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas-Mexico border on the Rio Grande.”
These individuals may be gone and their families and anyone who remembered them may also be gone, but they are not forgotten. The LORD God knows every human being who has ever existed, and there is a day coming when we will all be gathered before Him. In order for each of us to be resurrected in bodily form, as the Bible states, God has to know where every atom and every molecule that formed every human being is. And He can pull them back together to form our bodies once again.
Jesus said in Matthew 25, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world… Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels… Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (NIV vs. 31-34, 41, 46).
The people who worshiped God at that now-century-old Christian church at the bottom of Falcon Lake knew this. They are not forgotten by God. A remnant of their faith remains in the foundation of their church now seen by people of our time. And so as people today find that concrete foundation, they are finding God in Texas ghost towns.
See this Fox 7 News video clip on how the town of Bluffton Texas was uncovered as Lake Buchanan receded.