TYLER — KARNACK — Bill Stephenson’s boots click-clicked Saturday as he crossed a former railroad trellis in the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, but that wasn’t the sound he heard in his mind.
“Hearing horse hooves hitting the wood is old time,” the retired orthopedic surgeon from Longview said as he strode across what now is a horse riding trail.
Stephenson was walking with Mark Williams, U.S. Parks and Wildlife Service project leader and director of the 7,000-acre site that’s slowly going back to its roots.
After spending roughly 50 years as the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, the land kissing Karnack’s northern tip is more than two years into its transformation.