Texas Lakes Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Saint Jo: Montague County Rolling History Tour

October 27, 2012 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Montague County Historic Commission

Details NEMC Rolling History

Fall color is promising to provide a dramatic backdrop to history as your Montague County Historical Commission winds up plans for the third Rolling History Tour coming Saturday, October 27. Focus is on the Saint Jo community and the North East quadrant of   Montague County.   We still have seats available but seating is limited and you should reserve a place if you want to take part.

Guests will register at the Saint Jo School Cafeteria between 8:30 and 9:00 A.M., then load onto school buses and depart at 9:30 A.M.  The morning loop will take explorers south to Dye Mound for a visit at the historic church, now community center, then on to a near bird’s eye view from Jim Ned Lookout, with stories by local guides. These will be “get off” stops. Returning to Saint Jo visitors will be introduced the reviving original Saint Jo Square and several interesting historical points along Main Street simultaneously.  These will be rolling stops, but open businesses will be available following the tour.

Homemade sandwiches, soups and cookies will await the hungry travelers in the school cafeteria as guests enjoy a mid- day repast. Members of the Saint Jo Century Club are putting their civic pride into action preparing the lunch.

The afternoon ride descends a spectacular bluff into the Red River Valley.  There are numerous points of interest along this way, including a scenic stop east of Mountain Creek Cemetery looking over to the Devil’s Backbone.  The route will take us through Caps Corner and to Illinois Bend for a rotating rest stop at the Community Center and a good look at the old town and cemetery. 

Heading westward, we will find our way to Union Cemetery, then roll on to Bonita, along the “Deep Draw” bottoms of Chisholm Trail fame with the Duxbury Cemetery located like a sentinel over the valley.  Driving East on Hwy 82 we will take time to look South at the scenic Mosley Mountains as we climb back up the divide that separates rainfall into the Red and the Trinity watersheds. Head of Elm found, our journey will be ending and it should be about 3:30 P.M.

Docents are lined up and stories are being put together.  Tour booklets are being prepared.  As we did on our two previous tours, we will be asking a $10 donation to defray expenses for your “all inclusive” tour.  For more information or to make a reservation please call Tobie or Johnell Thompson at 940-995-2184 or for information, Janis Sneed, 940-995-7193.


  • 206 West Evans St.
  • Saint Jo, Texas
  • 76265


  • Contact:
    Tobie or Johnell Thompson
  • Phone:


  • $10 donation requested.

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