As I recently wrote, the Caddo Mounds located in Weeping Mary, near Alto, TX, were leveled, along with loads of damage in Alto and other areas. I’ve driven there twice, it’s not too far from us, and what I’ve witnessed is still baffling to me.
I saw a cow in labor, dead on the side of the road.
According to this report there was a lot of blood and one death.
I tried to take these videos, from my phone, and I do really apologize they are not better quality. I was alone and driving 50 mph and have no experience with video at all. I thought to learn some editing, try to slow it down or something, but what’s so striking is how long the damage goes on, which is why I had the music on. I couldn’t even get it all, my phone wouldn’t save/send that much. But here’s a glimpse, at least.
That’s the Neches river that’s flooded to the road. The 2nd video includes the mounds, minus the structures.
I do not believe this is a ‘natural disaster’ or a typical tornado, as has been claimed. Perhaps y’all will see what I see a bit better from the videos.
For those interested in this geographical area, and why it might be a lucrative location for some good ole fashioned disaster capitalism, I can recommend several books for further research.
Mound Sites of the Ancient South: A Guide to the Mississippian Chiefdoms by Eric E. Bowne
Bulletin of Texas Archeological Society Volume 69/1998
Land of Bears and Honey: A Natural History of East Texas by Joe C. Truett and Daniel W. Lay