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Published: October 27th 2020
Alazan Country Store
TX Hwy 225
I wanted to check out locations in nearby Southern Cherokee County, Texas and the (long closed) Goodman Bridge Liquor Store by the Goodman Bridge was on the way. I drove West on Texas Hwy 225 (inside the Nacogdoches Loop 224 is named Durst Street), and passed the de-funked town of Alazan.
This time I took Nacogdoches County road 789 (East of the suicide turn) on my way to find Wildhurst in Cherokee County. Driving down the dirt road I saw an old abandoned racecar # 12. Not far from that old car was the Goodman Bridge Liquor Store. Very near the liquor store was the Goodman Bridge linking Nacogdoches County with Cherokee County. Long ago in my college days at SFASU, that liquor store was open to business (building in poor shape); but closed permanently before I graduated.
According to TexasExcapes.com the settlement of Mount Sterling was founded there in 1837 by John Durst. Durst built a fortified home, a sawmill and a gristmill (for grinding grain to flour) powered by the Angelina River; and a toll bridge connecting the two counties. Around 1837 to 1840 Mt. Sterling, Texas had a post office. The internet pics of the Goodman
Bridge and liquor store came from TexasEscapes.
Mt. Sterling was a dangerous place and Durst abandoned the settlement in 1840, then the site was abandoned. The 1838-1829 Vicente Cordova rebellion roamed several East Texas counties killing Texans, and that was mainly blamed on the East Texas combined Cherokee Nation. Vicente Cordova was a Mexican citizen of Nacogdoches who wanted Texas to return to Mexico.
The Cherokee Nation (under the peaceful Chief Duwali) had a treaty with the Republic of Texas for permanent rights to what now is Cherokee, Smith, and part of Van Zandt Counties. Starting in 1837 the anglos started taking land and settling on Cherokee land and some of the Cherokees did kill some of the invaders; as the anglos did kill the Cherokee.
There is an historic marker for Mount Selman near the Goodman Bridge Liquor Store; but it is lost in the brush and thorny vines and I could not find the marker.
In 1929 the Goodman (truss) Bridge was built with wooden planking over the Angelina River. (I have driven over the old bridge long ago.) In the early 2000s the bridge was unsafe to use and was closed. A new
concrete bridge was built over the river; and later the old Goodman Bridge was renovated and moved to Pecan Park in Nacogdoches.
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