ENCHANTED ROCK TEXAS
Rock began to form over one billion years ago as molten lava rose up from the center of
the Earth, then cooled before surfacing. Over the millenia erosion worked its way
down exposing the chain of granite outcrops now associated with Enchanted Rock. Like
the tip of an iceberg, the dome of Enchanted Rock, which covers about one square
mile, is but a small part of the Enchanted Rock batholith which is the core around which
the land mass of Texas formed. Here is the geologic center of the state. And
for Native Americans, going back before recorded time, it was and is a sacred site.
Kennedy's EnchantedRockTexas.com features the results of years of work the writer,
photographer, artist and publisher has devoted to Enchanted Rock. Much of the
articles presented here were originally featured in his now defunct Enchanted Rock
on this site here:
website is not affiliated with Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or the Texas State Parks
& Wildlife Department.
was featured in the Austin Chronicle,
The Highlander newspaper in Marble Falls, The San Marcos Record,
and the German magazine Spotlight, as well
as segments on KLRU-TV & KTBC-TV, plus several area radio stations including the
syndicated "The Sound of Texas," with Tumbleweed Smith, and the syndicated TV
program Texas Country
Reporter ( the video "Bob Phillips Tours Texas State Parks" available at
was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
for providing numerous educational talks at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Feature
articles by Ira have been published by Texas
Monthly, Texas Highways Magazine and in The Nature of Texas (hardcover
anthology) Texas A&M Press.
Considered as the state's leading authority on Enchanted Rock, the sacred mountain
of Central Texas, Ira has assisted the authors of several published books, articles and
the Thomas Evans mural in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
"The publisher of Enchanted Rock Magazine, Kennedy is
a leading authority of the history of Texas in the Enchanted Rock area near
Service Center, Region 12"Students from Eight Districts Visit Famous Authors Without
Leaving School" (With Elmer Kelton, Ira Kennedy and Robert Darden.)
"Ira Kennedy and Enchanted Rock are two
defining symbols of the Texas Hill Country. The pink granite mount's rugged beauty
has endured for centuries, while Kennedy left a career in the city to pursue a dream in
the hills like the pioneers"