Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rock Art at Hot Springs
Pictographs are images painted onto rock.
Petroglyphs are images carved or pecked into rock.
Numerous red pictographs decorate the cliff face. The red coloring is a pigment made from hematite, a mineral sometimes called “red ocher”. Cinnabar, or mercury ore, was also used in this area to produce a maroon pigment. Pigments were usually mixed with a binder of blood, egg or animal fat, which made the pigment adhere to the rock surface.
Location. 29° 10.676′ N, 102° 59.883′ W. Marker is in Big Bend National Park, Texas, in Brewster County. Marker can be reached from Hot Springs Road 1½ miles from Rio Grande Village Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Bend National Park TX 79834, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured Chihuahuan Desert (approx. 2.3 miles away); Boquillas Canyon (approx. 4.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Hot Springs Historic District (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on March 27, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Hot Springs (Big Bend National Park). Wikipedia (Submitted on March 27, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. Hot Springs - Big Bend National Park. National Park Service (Submitted on March 27, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans •
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