Castroville in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Indian History in These Hills
— Castroville Regional Park —
An 1844 hand-drawn map of Castroville notes a "Lipan Camp" located near the Historic Cemetery in this park. Perhaps it is the very same camp depicted in Theodore Gentilz's famous painting, "Camp of the Lipans" (See copy on right).
The photo on the right is of a Biface Preform Point found here by archeologists on April 24, 2002. It dates back to a period in Texas history known as the Archaic, a span of time from 6000 B.C. to 700 A.D., when the predominant way of life was hunting and gathering. This particular tool was made from South Texas chert and was a common feature in a hunter's tool kit. It could have been finished for use as a spear or a knife.
Erected by City of Castroville.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is April 24, 2002.
Location. 29° 20.53′ N, 98° 53.053′ W. Marker is in Castroville, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of Alsace Avenue and Gentilz Street on Alsace Avenue. The marker is located at the middle western section of the Castroville Regional Park near the roadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 816 Alsace Avenue, Castroville TX 78009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Medina Lake & The Canal System (within shouting distance of this marker); Lest We Forget!!! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joe and Gertrude Hoog (approx. 0.2 miles away); Renken Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ihnken Family Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Cross Hill (approx. half a mile away); St. Louis Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); F. Xavier Schmidt House (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castroville.
Also see . . . Payaya Indians.
The Payaya (Paia, Paialla, Payai, Payagua, Payata, Piyai, and other variants) Indians, a Coahuiltecan-speaking group first(Submitted on March 4, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.