RE: NANFA-- Collecting w/Ray

Denkhaus, Robert (DenkhaR_at_Ci.Fort-Worth.TX.US)
Wed, 14 Mar 2001 11:21:34 -0600

> > ditches that drain the Buena Vista Marsh?

> I thought it was Spanish for lovely View

It may, but what I have been told that when the first farmers settled that
area in Portage county, it was a large area of heavy black soil that looked
awesome for farming. Problems with this soil ( probably acid or high water
tables) made it hard to farm. So from all the abandoned farms , or dead
crops, or even dead trees from intermitent super floods and prairie fires,
it got the name Boney Veiw, or veiw of bones. It is in reference to the sad
scenes these all were.

Interesting tale Ray. I never heard that one while I was in school at Point
and lived on the B.V. I, too, thought that it was Spanish for lovely (good)
view but your version puts an interesting spin on a funeral home in
Nashville that I once went to. It was called "Buena Vista Funeral Home".
Actually, either interpretation is rather odd if you think about it.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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