Old "Caliche Pit" southwest of College Station?

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rynning
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This is kind of random, but I was asked by a friend of an Old Ag who spoke of swimming in a "Caliche Pit" about 5 miles southwest of College Station while he attended in the late 50s. I assume this would be near Snook.

Does anyone know what he might be referring to or what became of it? Thanks!
SchnauzerMom
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I don't know of anything headed towards Snook, though that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist, but there are the old Clay Pits out in Wellborn on Clay Pit Road. My husband and his friends used to go out there in HS. It is now private property though.
AggiePhil
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Yeah, might be the one at the end of Stousland.
SARATOGA
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I've been down there. Not much to look at. Either grown over, or washout clay gravel. And apparently private.
Jetty
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Could it be the big pit at Brazos Valley Recycling??
UmustBKidding
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Not in the 50s
Jetty
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I thought the "pit" was there LONG before BVR acquired the land??
oklaunion
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It wasn't 2154 back in the 50s. It was Highway 6.
oklaunion
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taxpreparer
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5 miles sw of college station in the 50's couks be somewhere out dowling rd.

I moved here in 68 and college station ended at hwy 30 (harvey rd) in texas and holleman on welborn rd.
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rynning
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Thanks everyone. I gave the link to this thread to my friend to share with the Ag.
AggiePhil
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Looking at old aerials on Historic Aerials, there are a lot of small ponds down there that could have been old clay pits. The pond south of Capstone definitely looked like a filled in clay pit in 1960. And of course, there is the long pit Clay Pit Road is named for.

https://www.historicaerials.com/viewer]https://www.historicaerials.com/viewer
WheelinAg
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Wrong direction, but there was some kind of mine where Brazos Valley Offroad Ranch is off of 47.
AgDotCom
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The Clay Pits were (still are) located next to Clay Pit Road. The banks have been overgrown with brush since at least the 80's, and it's difficult to see the water through the vegetation.

My father and his friends swam there as kids. My dad said they mined alum there, and the water was a greenish/bluish color. Others said they "tried to mine lignite" there, not sure which is accurate. Whatever the case, the cliffs were apparently 30-40 ft. high.

This book has a couple of pages devoted to the swimming hole....






wtr1975
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Clay Pits on Clay Pit Road (Welborn Area)
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