Friday, April 12, 2013Author: Pat Guffey
(Last modified: 2013-04-12 14:43:16)
Source: The Herald-News
Located at the cross roads of State Route 302 and the Yellow Creek-Texas Grove roads, just northeast of Old Washington and south of Highway 68 was the community called Carp. According to research, a Mr. Thomas H. McPherson lived on the Old Stage Road leading from Washington to Rhea Springs (now State Route 302). Mr. McPherson would not have been historically significant except for the introduction of a new business in the early 1800s.
This business was fish; not just any fish, but one named Carp. Mr. McPherson had learned that the United States Fish Commission was importing the Carp fish from Asia for distribution throughout the United States. He then asked United States Sen. John R. Neal of Rhea Springs to get some of these government fish for him to raise. McPherson was told that the Carp were considered to be a delicacy in Asia, and they could grow quite large in farm ponds.
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