Before the drought Lake Whitney State Park in Texas was a great place of all types of outdoor weekend activities including fishing, scuba diving, boating, and water skiing. But that has all changed now because of the drought that is plaguing ninety-five percent of Texas. The sinking water levels have instead turned the lake into a treasure trove for treasure hunters. In this lake they have been finding both Native American tools and fossils, many of them for eight thousand years ago.
It has also been at least twenty years since anyone has even laid their eyes on what once were remote underwater caverns, which are now being exposed by this drought. Some people visiting this lake have found new and exciting things but there are others who have found it a lesson in criminal law.
According to federal and Texas regulations it is unlawful to remove any Native American artifacts from archaeological sites. The burial sites from ancient sites have been disturbed as reported by the WFAA. This nine hundred fifty-five acre Lake Whitney State Park is located near the ruins of Towash Village. It is an early Texas settlement that was named for the chief of the Hainai Indians. They moved into the area in 1934.
At this time there have been thirty people arrested for the committing a crime against history and have been placed on probation and fined thousands of dollars. It has cost as much as thirty thousand dollars to repair some of these archaeological dig sites.