THE LEGEND OF HELL'S GATE
Possum Kingdom is notorious for Hell's Gate. Hell's Gate the name of a formation where cliffs were carved by a river running between limestone rock. The cliffs are an awesome sight, and you can drive your boat right between them today. Legend has it that the name "Hell's Gate" came into existence in 1800's, after an unfortunate event involving fur traders traveling along the Brazos, and Comanche Indians camped out nearby. The traders, after many unproductive days of trade negotiations, brought out their cheap whiskey to help influence the Indians. After a some overindulgence the Indians passed out, and the traders stole the Indians' fur and disappeared into the night. Overloaded with items, the traders only got a few miles before the Comanches woke up and took off in pursuit. With the Indians moving in, the traders found that they were trapped at a location high above the Brazos where the limestone cliff is cut by a creek flowing into the river. The trader, preferred the idea of rock two hundred feet below to what punishment he would receive from the angry Comanches. As he lept off the cliff he swore that he would rather go through the Gates of Hell than return the stolen furs to the Indians. That spot became known Hell's Gate.