Volunteers begin rebuild of grass house at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

Volunteers begin rebuild of grass house at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 2:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 4:48 PM CDT
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ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - Tuesday was the first day for the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site to rebuild a new replica of a grass home after an EF-3 tornado wiped out the previous one back in 2019.

“The museum was destroyed. Couldn’t find nothing of the grass house, it was completely gone. There was some people in the grass house when the tornado came through and they were thrown, you know yards away. A lot of people got injured,” described Jimmy Allen, volunteer member of the Caddo Friends Group.

Three years later, site staff and volunteers gathered for the rebuild of a new grass house.

They began with a safety briefing and watched footage from the 2016 grass home construction. Soon after they all drove to the Davey Crockett National Forest. They collected approximately 60 pine poles to begin assembling the material needed to rebuild the grass home on the campsite.

After returning, they began de-barking one pine pole for demonstration and practice.

“They’ll either be the vertical upright poles that get tied at the top and giving it’s classic … beehive shape. It will be covered in twitch grass and willow lathing will go on the pine poles as well and tie the grass to,” said Anthony Souther, site manager.

Souther said the new grass house is set to be bigger than the previous. This year the also have five new Caddo trainees experiencing their first grass house construction.

The grass home is expected to be completed on July 17.

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