Friday, January 09, 2004

The Homeland: Bearhead

A friend called and asked me what was a Bearhead. Well, Bearhead is a creek that runs north to south (mostly, in a meandering sort of way) in western Louisiana. It starts up in what is now Beauregard Parish just below DeRidder and becomes Houston River just south of old highway 90, but we know it only as Bearhead Creek. The Ashworths and their related families live around it up in Beauregard and Calcasieu Parishes. It is our family homeland. That's the heart of what is called the Neutral Strip. It was from there we migrated into Texas, it was to there we returned to escape annihilation by the Texans following the fight in Orange County in late 1856.

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