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Double Crossing the San Bernard
Posted on Mar 13th, 2020
Join us on a road less traveled that lies just a few miles south of Cat Spring, Tx where it crosses the San Bernard in a couple of spots. Cat Spring is located north of Sealy above Interstate 10 and is seven and a half miles, as the crow flies, southeast of New Ulm where spring-fed head waters of the San Bernard start their flow to the Gulf.
The river crossings are one-lane low-water concrete culverts that can overflow during flooding rains.
The town of Cat Spring earned its name from a historic tale that tells about the first night after the Von Roeder family landed in the Austin Colony of Texas where they pitched camp near a clear, never-failing spring (tributary of the San Bernard). Tradition has it that a son of the Von Roeders saw a wildcat near the spring that evening and the family promptly gave it the name of Katzenquelle, or Cat Spring.
Crossing #1: 29° 49’ 24.92”N / 96° 22’ 43.20” W
Photographed in mid-February after frequent rainfall, the flow of water can look sparse during dry months. It meanders in a west to east direction heading toward the Gulf.
Crossing #2: 29° 46’47.24” N / 96°18’ 53.82” W
Another low-water crossing where the water flows in a north to south direction.
Note: If you have to ask what are lat/longs, it’s best then to have a back country road map or a good sense of direction using your Smart Phone to find them. Just in case, throw in a can of Spam and some crackers to snack on until you find your way out and heading for home.