Near Pine Springs in Culberson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Legends of hidden gold in the mountains go back to Spanish rule. One relates that Apache Chief Geronimo believed the richest gold mines in the western world lay hidden in the Guadalupes. The true value of the area is the scenery and associated life that resemble the same landscape experienced by early inhabitants. Excavators have found spearheads, pictographs and human remains together with the bones of long-extinct bison, dire wolf and musk ox in cliff caves, and carbon-14 dating of remains indicates humans occupied the area 12,000 years ago.
Geologically, the Guadalupe Mountains present spectacular exposure of the Capitan reef, formed by algae and sponges along with other ancient marine life during
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7930.)
Location. 31° 51.235′ N, 104° 50.678′ W. Marker is near Pine Springs, Texas, in Culberson County. Marker is on U.S. 62/180 4½ miles north of Texas Highway 54, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Salt Flat TX 79847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The "Committee of Five" (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 3.1 miles away); Groundbreaking for the Pine Springs Visitor Center (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Airmen (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ruins of "The Pinery" or "Pine Spring" Stage Stand (approx. 3.2 Butterfield Overland Mail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Frijole Historic Site (approx. 4½ miles away); Frijole School House (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pine Springs.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. the original 1963 marker shown.
Also see . . . Guadalupe Mountains National Park. (Submitted on November 30, 2012.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Environment •
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