On a hill east of the lodge at Camp Rio Blanco there is an unmarked grave enclosed with bois d'arc post and twisted ribbon wire fence. In the late 1950s Judge W.P.Walker did some research on this grave. The Buck Allen family, early Crosby County Pioneers, are believed to have buried one of their children there, who died when the family first settled in the country.
Another story was told by W.L. "Bill" Brown who said he and another man were returning from a trip to the plains when they met emigrants in covered wagons. One family had become ill with either smallpox or typhoid. Two of the adults had died and the group had dug one grave and buried both bodies.
The final story, on the gruesome side but corresponds with Mr Brown's: A debating society dug into the grave and after unearthing two skeletons, took the shin bone of one to use as a gavel.
To date the question of who is buried there remains unanswered.
Just off the Caprock, east of Crosbyton, Texas, Camp Rio Blanco was established in 1959 and covers 118 acres. J.S. Bridwell and his daughter, Margaret Bridwell Bowdie, gave 118 acres of land to Girl Scouts of Caprock Council for a camp. The land was originally part of the Two Buckles Ranch owned by the Kentucky Cattle Raising Company.
The grave is near the kitchen entrance of Bridwell Lodge, the large two-story building on the hill.
Camp Rio Blanco Gravesite
Created by: AmyTX
Record added: Apr 15, 2010
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