While I was in West Texas our System Director arranged for us to go on an excursion to view some of the pictographs that are located on private property. Our tour guide was one of the founders and directors of the Rock Art Foundation. We toured the Meyer’s Spring location which is near Dryden, TX.
At the first stop we were able to explore a residence established at a Fort Clark in the 1800’s.
Our guide, Greg, was amazing and so informed about Texas history and the area we were viewing. The Rock Art Foundation is in the process of reconstructing this house. It is a painstaking process that will be performed by volunteers.
After this brief stop we drove father into the desert to a location where people have gathered since prehistoric times to camp near a natural spring. He gave us so much information that I was unable to retain it all. I’ll blame the heat.
A general in the 1800’s that was assigned to this area developed a method to hold water in the area for animals and people that needed it to survive during times when the stream dries up.
Now a pump has been installed that is solar powered to constantly fill this area to ensure water for the various wildlife that lives in the area.
Right next to this man made pool are pictographs ranging from prehistoric times to local Indians that lived in this area, and sadly more recent people that defaced the property before the current owner purchased the land and secured the area.
Obviously I suck at history and even remembering something I heard less than two weeks ago. But this was a truly amazing experience and I’m so glad I got to go. If you are ever in West Texas I would strongly encourage you to research going on a tour of this area. The Rock Art Foundation website has additional information about other locations in Texas where they offer tours as well.
PS I really feel bad that I did not do this justice. Please check out their website to learn more about what we actually saw and go to do.