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Is Spanish gold stashed on Ennis property?


Raphael Ranch overseer Fred Seeton explaining a carving on the pecan tree under which treasure hunters searched for gold in 1953. “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. This story was first related in the 1950s and the Ennis News revisited it in 2006. But interest by some locals who love a mystery have kept the tale alive. Unfortunately, speculation has led to untrue statements regarding the property and its owners, and the following updated synopsis is provided in hopes of clearing the historical air. 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. Although it’s unclear whether the ranch’s owners have investigated the mystery, the Raphaels did…Read the rest of this story and more stories like this in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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