Goecher Masacre LbNA # 56586
|Placed Date||Nov 25 2010|
|Last Update||Jun 3 2014|
Difficulty: Moderate (must climb ladder over fence)
Distance: 100 yards
**** Part of the Emigrants of Texas Series ******
James Goacher settled here on Rabbs Creek, forging a trail from his home in Bastrop County in 1828. In Feb 1837 his family was attacked by indians. Goacher, his son, and son-in-law were all killed while cutting wood. One young boy was captured by an indian, but the boy bit the indian's thumb which led to the indian to beat him on the head. Mrs. Crawford was taken captive along with her little daughter. The indians took the young daughter and threw her into a stream to drown. Mrs. Crawford saved the child, but he indians threw her in again, which led her to save the child again. This continued until the indians became bored, and one tried to stab the child, but Mrs. Crawford hit him on the head with a log, knocking him out. This bravery saved the childs life. They were taken to Holland Coffee's trading house on the Red River and sold to a trader named Charles Spaulding. He married her and they moved to Bastrop. A historical marker is at this site, where the family was destroyed.
From Giddings, go south on Hwy 77 to CR217. Turn right and go until cross CR216. About 2 miles further, look for silver stairs that go up and over the fence on the left side of the road. Park along the roadside near this.
To the Letterbox:
Walk to the stairs and climp up, over, and down. Go left to the historical marker. Facing the marker, read, then go back over your left shoulder to a large tree 21 steps away (there is a ceder to the left of this tree with sign on it). Box is at back base of the large tree, under pile of sticks.