Popular Crawford spot vandalized - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Popular Crawford spot vandalized

(Source: KXXV) (Source: KXXV)
CRAWFORD, TX (KXXV) -

A popular Crawford hot spot has fallen victim to vandalism.

Tonkawa Falls has seen an increase in foot traffic, and unfortunately, that means an increase in vandalism on the property.

There have been multiple graffiti added to natural landmarks and knocked over port-a-potties.

“It’s so senseless,” Robin Simpson, a visitor, said. “It’s really sad because this is an amazing public place that you don’t actually have to pay to come with families. Why people want to come in here and mess this up? It’s ridiculous.”

It’s against the rules to graffiti any part of the property, but it still happens.

“It just seems like now that more people are coming to swim, they are coming down and adding to it,” Crawford Mayor Marilyn Judy said.

Because the area is so large, it's difficult to monitor vandalism and catch those who commit it.

“We don’t have people that are down here watching the swimmers, [so] they swim at [their] own risk,” Judy said. “We don’t have a way to protect it from people with a can of spray paint. We’re just a little city. We don’t have the personnel to watch it.”

Cynthia Humphreys lives right across Tonkawa Falls and was disgusted with the vandalism.

“The port-a-potty [vandalism] is disgusting,” she said. “I just think it’s sad that this is such a beautiful place and somebody would have it in their heart to do something like that. I don't think they'd like it if I came to their backyard and did the same thing."

For Mayor Judy, the graffiti is a bigger problem.

"This is kinda more permanent than a bag of chips on the ground. It's something that we want to remove so that it goes back to the natural look,” Judy said. “Just because you come to Crawford, Texas, you shouldn't leave your name on it."

Copyright 2016 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:26 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:26:27 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    More >>
  • Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

    Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:41 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:41:33 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:25:47 GMT
    (Alabama State University via AP). This photo shows the signature of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on a court document in the archive of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. The school is preserving and digitizing historic court documents lin...(Alabama State University via AP). This photo shows the signature of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on a court document in the archive of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. The school is preserving and digitizing historic court documents lin...

    Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box.

    More >>

    Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered in a courthouse box.

    More >>
  • US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:21:26 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:24:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly