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story.lead_photo.caption OK, this isn't in Cass County exactly, and it has been written about recently. But still, it's such a beauty that there is always the question of do you know where (and what) this is? Here's a hint: It's near and commemorates two rivers. And what is that metal thing in the background? Do you know? Return to Regional News next week for the answer. Staff photo by Neil Abeles

Where Is It?  OK, this isn't in Cass County exactly, and it has been written about recently. But still, it's such a beauty that there is always the question of do you know where (and what) this is? Here's a hint: It's near and commemorates two rivers. And what is that metal thing in the background? Do you know? Return to Regional News next week for the answer.

 

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THE ANSWER TO LAST WEEK'S MYSTERY

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This answer is accompanied by the story below on this Texas Department of Transportation rest area.)

Jefferson Davis figures in Cass County's historical marker because once in 1861 the county's name was changed from Cass to Davis in honor of the president of the Confederate States.

The original name was restored in 1871. This historical marker is in the center of the Texas Department of Transportation's rest stop and picnic area on U.S. Highway 59.

Jefferson Davis figures in Cass County's historical marker because once in 1861 the county's name was changed from Cass to Davis in honor of the president of the Confederate States. The original name was restored in 1871. This historical marker is in the center of the Texas Department of Transportation's rest stop and picnic area on U.S. Highway 59. Staff photo by Neil Abeles

The marker's wording in part reads:

"Cass County was formed from Bowie County land April 25, 1846, (and) organized July 13, 1846.

"Named in honor of Gen. Lewis Cass (1782-1866) strong advocate of annexation of Texas.

"Important river port City of Jefferson was county seat until Marion County was carved out of Cass in 1860. Linden, near center of county, became county seat.

"During wave of sectional patriotism in 1861, the name was changed

"Erected by state of Texas 1970."

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