Anahuac and Smith Point, Texas
Chambers County
September 29, 2008

by Paul Ridenour


My dad needed to go to the doctor's at MD Anderson in Houston and I was not working so I told him I would go with him.

I also wanted to do a few things if dad didn't mind:

1.  Take a digital photo of Sam Houston's grave in Huntsville
2.  Check out the Anahuac Cemetery to see what kind of damage occurred after Hurricane Ike
3.  Go to the Anahuac Courthouse and get a copy of page 2 that was missing from divorce papers of my wife's third great grandmother [1880]
4.  Check out my wife's McNeir Family Cemetery in Smith Point and the homes that were on the water to see the damage that occurred after Hurricane Ike

We had lunch in Rice Village at The Black Walnut with my sister-in-law.  I have now been there three times.  I had the fajita steak sandwich with avocadoes.  It costs $10 and it was very good.  After and my dad's doctor's appointment, we drove 45 miles to Anahuac.   When we crossed the bridge on I-10 over the Trinity River, there was a doublewide trailer that had fallen off the truck in the middle of the highway, going west.  We knew we could not go home that way as the traffic was backed up for miles and would be for hours.

The Anahuac Cemetery only had some trees down but none of my wife's Heiman Family graves were destroyed.

Anahuac Cemetery - Heiman graves next to the tree that is broken in half

Graves inside this fallen tree

The courthouse was about to close and they pulled Sarah Ridge Paschal Pix's divorce records [File 149] for me.  I found out the reason why page two was missing.  There was no page two.  We looked through the papers and found a page 2 all by itself.  I am pretty sure that was the missing page and it was just in the wrong place.  They copied 11 pages for me at $1 a page.   The lady gave them to me for free.  I gave her $5 anyway which forced her to give me a receipt.

Smith Point was about 17 miles away and I wanted to see the homes that were on the water before we visited the McNeir Cemetery.  The sides of the road on SH 562 were full of downed trees, trash, wood, and lots of water heaters and appliances.

What I have always called "the end of the world" with a stop sign and a turn around, was absolutely destroyed.  The stop sign is gone.  The row of houses were basically flattened and the two huge trees on both sides of the road were down, causing a huge hole in the road.  The road is impassable.

There were no police stopping cars but there was no trespassing signs. 

We saw telephone poles in Chambers County with no wires so there was no electricity.  The community center had cases and cases of stacked water bottles and firemen were there to hand them out and work with any problems in the community.

The end of the world - the turn around is filled with water

103 Heartfield

One of the 2 to 3 standing houses

Nice road and TV

The two large trees and huge hole in the road

The streets away from the front row of houses did not have much damage other than downed trees, fences, and other debris.  I drove down Watie, McNeir, Ridge, and Floyd roads/streets.

McNeir Road and Floyd Street

Ridge Street and McNeir Rd.

Watie Road

The McNeir Cemetery, about one mile away from the water, was full of large branches but no structural damage to any of the gravestones and other items inside the cemetery.    The two large trees in the cemetery are fine.  I thought the ground would be wet but it was dry.  I expected lots of mosquitoes but there were none.

Large tree lost behind the cemetery but not the one with the swinging rope - to the far left is another large downed tree

Under here is William McNeir's Civil War marker

The other tree in the far left is the second downed tree outside the cemetery

A large branch stuck in the fence

Sarah Ridge Paschal Pix and Charles Pix's graves to the left of the tree

We had to drive through small towns like Cleveland, TX, on the way home and therefore, we arrived after midnight.