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Is Spanish gold stashed on an Ennis property?

“The Secret of Raphael Ranch.” Sounds like a Nancy Drew title, but there really is a mystery at the site of the former estate of one of Ennis’ pioneer families. Legend has it that Spanish gold was buried under a pecan tree on the property nearly 200 years ago. French-born Edmond Raphael, one of the founders of the First National Bank in Ennis, had interest in a number of local businesses from 1881, the year he moved to the city, until his death in 1927. The Raphael family lived primarily at their W. Ennis Ave. home but also maintained a county place on Laneview School Road, three miles west of Ennis, near Bardwell Lake. Both homes still stand, the townhouse now owned by interior designer Harriett Adams, the ranch by another family of Ennisites. Read the full story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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Posted by on Sep 20 2017. Filed under About Ennis, History of Ennis. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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