Kermit in Winkler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(Elevation 3,500 ft.)
Erected 1964 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 439.)
Location. 31° 53.587′ N, 102° 51.456′ W. Marker is in Kermit, Texas, in Winkler County. Marker is on Texas Route 302. Click for map. From Kermit, take SH 302 East about 17 miles. Marker is in this post office area: Kermit TX 79745, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Notrees (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Sand Hills (approx. 7.9 miles away).
More about this marker. Photo of marker was taken in 1980. That marker has, I believe, been replaced with a new marker,
The pass is called Avary Gap for John Avary, who first settled the area in 1880."
Also see . . .
1. Blue Mountain, Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. The Rock Art of Texas Indians, Kirkland & Newcomb. Link to excerpt on Blue Mountain pictographs (Submitted on August 17, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. Jim Cook, Handbook of Texas Online. The interpretations of Jim Cook (captive of Comanches as a boy) of the Blue Mountain pictographs are often cited, including in Kirkland and Forrest's book. The accuracy of those interpretations is often questioned however. (Submitted on August 17, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
1. State of pictographs
Even in 1980 the pictographs were in very bad condition. Those interested are referred to Kirkland & Newcomb's book, "The Rock Art of Texas Indians" which includes watercolors of the pictographs done in the 1930s.
2. Camping memories from Blue Mountain
My buddies and I camped under the main overhang six or seven times between 1967 and 1970. We were very careful to not harm the petroglyphs--we stood in awe of them and wondered what the meant. A couple of morons had already spray painted their names on top of the Indian's paintings. We called the mortar holes metate holes, the Spanish name. Where a big chunk of rock broke off centuries ago there is an easy stepdown to the camping area under the overhang. The flint knappers would sit and look over the lowland watching for game and manufacturing new projectile points. There is no natural flint close by, but that spot was ankle deep in flint flakes. Most people don't know it, but their is a second smaller campsite and overhang not quite a mile around the curve of the caprock. From the top of the first site, on a clear day you can see the mountains in Mexico to the south.
— Submitted May 9, 2014, by Doug Macfarline of Fort Worth, Texas.
Additional keywords. Pictographs Llano Estacado (or Staked Plains)
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Notable Places •
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