Pinebox is recognized as a National Tree City, and the Dan Travis Golf Course is one of the most beautiful in East Texas.
The local Fairgrounds serve as the home for the annual Pinebox Rodeo, Chili Cookoff, and East Texas Swap Meet and Festival – over all known as “Fall Fest” – that takes place every Halloween. Locals gather in downtown Pinebox in various costumes and sell trinkets, arts and crafts. The evening is topped off with the Moon Dance and is widely attended by the people of East Texas.
The McCombs Theatre proudly produces seven shows each season and has attracted several well-known off-Broadway plays, such as Camelot and Hamlet.
Pinebox offers some of the best swimming, fishing and boating in Texas, being only ten minutes from Lake Greystone, twenty minutes from Sam Rayburn and forty minutes from Toledo Bend. Many scenic walking trails crisscross the town and university, and many lead through the big thicket past wonderful old homesteads and gardens. For the more adventurous, the old El Camino Real, or King’s Highway, may be hiked to the Louisiana Border and offers tremendous vistas, campsites, animals, and natural flora. The Caddo Indian Mounds make for great campsites and the Alligator Run at Carter Slough is a sure winner with children of all ages.
Lewis Catfish King
The Pizza Barn
Crenshaw’s Woods/The Lost Pond
Crenshaw’s Woods is one of the nicest natural areas inside town, with several hiking trails and, at its center, the Lost Pond, a favorite – especially for young people – for sunning in summer and swimming year round as the spring water stays a constant 65 degrees regardless of the weather.
But why is it called the Lost Pond? That’s a good story.
In 1852 there was an awful drought in Golan County. The lake levels dropped so low that the water was unfit for drinking. Many of the cattle rancher and farmers feared they would lose their livelihoods. According to legend, one of the predominate land owners, Eli Crenshaw, was so desperate to find water for his cattle and family that he made a pact with the Devil. The next day he found a pool of clear, cool, spring water in his woods. Of course, the woods were much larger in those days so it is more likely the pond had simply not been found up until then, rather than the intervention of the Devil.
The whole community celebrated and Crenshaw was touted as a hero. But one year to the day of his discovery, Eli Crenshaw was found dead, drowned in his own pond. Superstition kept people away from the pond for more than a generation. And so it came to be known as the Lost Pond.