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Dolores Renfrow Country through and through

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Out of all the quirks of nature, nothing has fascinated me quite like the “Rhodie Hold.” Probably only a handful of folks know of its existence, if, in fact, it still exists. I am assuming it does.

I remember as a small child, seeing this place. I was frightened by the dark, foreboding hole of water, especially after hearing all the stories about cattle and dogs falling into the hole and disappearing without a trace.

The nondescript little creek meanders across highway 79 and flows toward the Caney Fork area. For some strange reason, there along this little creek lies a large pool of water. This was called the Rhodie Hole. Where it got its name is a mystery to me.

Legend has it that the pool goes to the depths of the core of the earth, therefore having no bottom. The waters are black, indicating great depth; and I have been told the waters have a whirlpool effect that tends to suck objects under the dark water, never to appear, after falling in its dark depths.

I went there once, with Brother. A bunch of us kids went on a hike and ended up at the Rhodie Hole. I don’t remember whose idea it was to go. Mama woulda whipped me and Brother both with a peach-tree limb, if she’d a known. There was a huge grape vine hanging there, because the pool, and several “brave” kids swung across. Tempting fate, I suppose. I wasn’t fixing to swing across… cause I could just see myself slipping and falling in that deep, dark water.

Brother cut a really long cane and tried to stick the cane down to touch bottom. The waters just pulled the cane-pole under and it disappeared. The hole was fenced out so no livestock could get near it, at that time. I’ve never forgotten the place. I’ve thought about calling some folks who live in the area, to see if it is still there…

Does it still exist? If so, where do the depths of the mysterious hold go? Why is it there? These are questions I have no answer for. But come some time this fall, when ticks and snakes are gone, I’d love to hike back there and see it once more…

That is, if it is still there…

Till next time.

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