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Plainview in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Discovery Site of the Plainview Point

(200 yards SE)

 
 
Discovery Site of the Plainview Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. Discovery Site of the Plainview Point Marker
Inscription. The first of this distinctive type of early man dart point was found by 15-year-old Val Keene Whitacre in 1941, in a caliche quarry on Running Water Draw. In 1944, quarry workers uncovered a fossil bone deposit, which was noted by scientists surveying the geology of the Plains. The next year a team of archeologists from the University of Texas, including Dr. E. H. Sellards and Dr. Alex D. Krieger, excavated the site and found 26 man-made artifacts, including several of the points, in association with the remains of about 100 extinct bison (Bison Taylori), about twice the size of modern species. The long flint point was then named for this site.

The bone bed probably resulted from the primitive hunting method of stampeding bison over a cliff, and butchering of the dead and crippled animals for food. The cliff eroded away and covered the bones with 12 to 14 feet of silt. When exposed, the bone bed was 62 feet long, up to 10 feet wide, and 1.5 feet thick. Radiocarbon dating indicates that this site is 8,000 to 9,000 years old.

The Plainview point is found most commonly in the Great Plains region of North America, but has been located also in Alaska and Mexico.
 
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1228.)
 
Location.
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. Discovery Site of the Plainview Point Marker
34° 11.069′ N, 101° 42.946′ W. Marker is in Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is at the intersection of Joliet Street and West 5th Street, on the right when traveling south on Joliet Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the northwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seth Ward College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Plainview Cemetery and Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Edwin Lowden Lowe (approx. half a mile away); Rawleigh Porteus Smyth (approx. half a mile away); W. J. "Jeff" Williams (approx. half a mile away); Blasingame Home (approx. half a mile away); Emma Grigsby Meharg (approx. half a mile away); Wayland Heritage Plaza (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plainview.
 
Categories. Paleontology
 
Discovery Site of the Plainview Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. Discovery Site of the Plainview Point Marker
View south. Marker is at the far right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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