In the early 1850's a Stage Coach Inn was established about 75-100 yards south of the gully in what is now Mangum Manor Park and most of the back yards of the houses that back up to the park from Poinciana. This was part of the Stage line from San Antonio to Houston. During the Civil war there was a battle of Bear Creek where 5 Yankee soldiers were killed. The stage came through that area just after the battle. They stopped the stage and put the dead soldiers on to be taken to the Inn for burial. They were buried under the big oak trees that are by the Tennis court.
By Jean West/2009
This isn't the first time Ive heard this tall tale of a battle of Bear Creek. I think it goes back to the good ol "blue light" cem that used to be haunted by high school kids in the 70s and 80s. The tales made it to future generations and these youngsters set out to find the cem which is now within the bounds of Bear Creek Park. Unable to easily access or find the cem they made up a fun but ridiculous story about a battle off of Patterson Rd. and ghost bullets that hit your vehicle when you park near one of the two bridges. I found this tale on the "Haunted Houston" website a few years ago.
Ernest "Dusty" Kobs/2013