Another famous tourist attraction is the rich in history Trinity River. Long more than 423 miles (680 kilometers), the Trinity River is the longest river in Texas and also the longest river with a watershed within the state. It rises a few miles south of the Red River (also known as the Red River of the South).
Back in the late 1600s, specifically in 1687, the French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle called the river “Riviere des canoes” (or in English “River of Canoes”) although, at the time, it had no official name. Three years later, in 1690, the Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon first encountered the river’s southern stretches and named it “La Santisma Trinidad” (the “Most Holy Trinity”), which eventually became the official name. Nonetheless, the Trinity River is made up of four branches - the East Fork, Elm Fork, Clear Fork, and West Folk.
- EAST FORK - it begins near the populous city McKinney, Texas, and flows through the Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard.
- ELM FORK - merges with the West Fork as they both enter Dallas. The Elm Fork of Trinity River flows east of Denton and south of Gainesville before going to the Lewisville Lake.
- CLEAR FORK - this branch begins north of Weatherford, flows through Benbrook Lake and Lake Weatherford, before joining the West Fork.
- WEST FORK - has headwaters in Archer County, where it flows southeast through (the man-made reservoirs) Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Bridgeport.
In addition to a lot of history, branches, and tributaries (like Bachman Branch, Cedar Creek, and Johnson Creek to name a few), the Trinity River is also well-known for many public work projects and floods. Ever since the 1890s, there have been plans for a shipping canal to go through the river. It was in the 1800s that the river began flooding a lot frequently. Major flooding occurred in four years during that millennium - 1844, 1866, 1871, and 1890.
The last time the Trinity River has flooded was in the spring (May) of 1908. Regardless of its rare occurrences of flooding, the Trinity River is one of the preferred tourist destinations because it allows all of its visitors to try several activities. The reason why tourists enjoy the Trinity River so much is because, in that location, you can go fishing, horse trailing, hiking, biking, skating, and try paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks to be able to explore in-depth Trinity River.
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