Sulphur River Reservoir Maps
Here are proposed maps of the Marvin
Nichols Reservoir(s) on Sulphur River.
More information and commentary will follow in the future. Roberto
Note that the Mexia-Talco Earthquake
Fault Line (in light gray, east to west) is located directly underneath
the proposed Marvin Nichols I Reservoir Dam. This poses a potential
danger to the dam. Although in my life I have never experienced
a local earthquake due to shifting along this fault line, nevertheless
there are minor tremors on a continual basis, leading to constant
road repair-work on Texas Highway 71 and US Highway 259.
This is an overview of the general
Northeast Texas area. The section inside the blue square is enlarged
in the next image. These maps were prepared by the Texas Parks
& Wildlife Department. The above mileage scale applies to
the following map, I think; but it may not be "exactly"
The final map below is a rough-draft
drawing of the locations of both Marvin Nichols I and Marvin Nichols
II Reservoirs. The placement of the dam for Marvin Nichols II
in this drawing is slightly incorrect. Nevertheless, it appears
that Sugar Hill will be inaccessible from both De Kalb and Mount
Pleasant, unless one detours northwards on US Highway 271 to Talco
and then goes east on Highway 71 to Sugar Hill and (hopefully)
Evergreen at the very eastern end of this little "peninsula"
that sticks out between the two abominable reservoirs. The whole
White Oak Creek bottomland north of Mount Pleasant on the Sugar
Hill Road will be flooded, unless they put in some sort of new
and higher bridge than they have at present. There are so many
peripheral problems with these proposed reservoirs, they should
just be abandoned as impossible things.
One is reminded of that famous passage
from ALICE IN WONDERLAND, in which Alice is conversing with the
Queen, and I paraphrase. Alice closed her eyes and took a deep
breath. Then she laughed. "It's impossible!" she cried
to the Queen. "One can't believe impossible things!"
The Queen frowned at Alice. "Well," she scoffed, "I
daresay that you haven't had much practice trying. Why, when I
was your age, I could believe six impossible things before breakfast!"
Marvin Nichols I & II
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