Friends of Purtis Creek, Inc 

"Where Families and Friends come together!"

Welcome to The Friends of Purtis Creek!
Your interest in the Friends of Purtis Creek is the first step in opening the world of outdoors for you, your family, and your friends!
We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and hope to see you soon!


We would like to thank all those that sponsor & Donate! None of this would
be possible with out you!

On Target Shooting Outfitters, LLC
 1302 S. 3rd, Ste. 101 (Hwy. 198) Mabank, TX 75147

Jackie Kennedy Fishing Guide

ph: 903.603.3793


Our Organization & The Park!

Our Motto:
Opening the world of outdoors for everyone!

Purpose: To preserve, promote, and serve Purtis Creek State Park in its efforts to host, and provide other necessary services such as education, civic and social activities!

Who we are & What we do: The Friends of Purtis creek is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the benefit and improvement of Purtis Creek State Park. The Friends are a group of park supporters who assist the park in achieving its goals of serving visitors and protecting park resources. The Friends raise money to provide additional support for park programs such as Junior Ranger, Interpretive and Multicultural events and special activities like Kid Fish. The Friends have many interests and backgrounds. Our members are sensitive to the needs of guests and seek to support all of the unique park opportunities including nature, history, hiking, canoeing and many more!

***Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of Purtis Creek State Park. We are all volunteer and are always looking for an extra hand or two with events and planning. If you are interested please visit our Become a Member tab.***

History of Purtis Creek State Park

Purtis Creek State Park, 1,582.4 acres, is located in Henderson and Van Zandt counties. The park was acquired in 1977 from private owners and was opened to the public in 1988.

The 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 overhang that was used by unknown Indians as a temporary shelter. Petroglyphs carved into the rock walls indicate this land was a good hunting area. The abundance of wild game caused an influx of white settlers 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.

Part of the Park is actually on an old Stagecoach stop & Community named Goshen.
The community of Goshen was established after the Civil War. Named for the biblical "Land of Milk and Honey," the town of Goshen served the rural farms and communities as a marketing center. It was also a rest stop for trail drivers herding cattle on the Chisholm Trail from East Texas. Goshen existed through the latter part of the 19th century when the railroad was built through this area. Merchants moved their businesses to nearby Eustace, a settlement on the new rail line. Goshen Cemetery remains as the last physical reminder of the once-thriving trading center. According to local legend, the cemetery was founded when a nomadic cowboy became sick and died while working on a nearby ranch. A large grave and stone fence mark the burial place of the cowboy. Although many graves are unmarked, the first documented burial is that of Benjamin G. Hooker in 1869. Among the more than 450 marked graves are burials for several infants and children, pioneer settlers and their descendants, and veterans of America's various wars. The cemetery is managed by the Goshen Cemetery Association and continues to serve the area.



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