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Enchanted Rock Archives keeps the adventure that was Enchanted Rock Magazine alive.
  Articles on  history, silver mines, Lost Bowie Mine, American Indian Prophecies
and Texican pioneers with special emphasis on the Texas Hill Country.



"While doing some research on your region, I came across the September/October 1998 issue of your magazine containing  Part Two of  Glenn Hadeler's "Terror in the Hills" about the Mason County Hoodoo War by far the best thing I've come across on that subject. I would very much like to get hold ofPart One if possible, and since I liked the other articles too I want a year's subscription

"I appreciate your sending me Enchanted Rock Magazine and have enjoyed every issue that I have seen...I think Gary Brown’s Cold Trail Hounds in your magazine was the best Texas tall tale I have read since Bill Brett at his best



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starcomanA.jpg (13005 bytes)The Mysterious Spider Rocks of Texas, Part 2: by Bill Townsley
Enigmatic inscriptions on Texas stone tablets are locked in a web of mystery. Townsley continues his research on the "Spider Rocks" of Texas. (With numerous photos provided by the author.)
Part 2 features numerous petroglyphs and four pages of photographs. Of particular interest are the photo pages of Bell County petroglyphs.

The Mysterious Spider Rocks of Texas, Part 3 of 3 Parts   by Bill Townsley
Lynn Jones of Fort Worth, Texas, is researching historical cartography. He is applying CAD/GLS/GPS and imagery techniques to the mapping of the historical stone monuments. It is also interesting to note that the rays of the Leon River Medicine Wheel, located on Ft. Hood property, are placed at 22.5 degree increments around the circle.

The Republic of Texas: by Ira Kennedy
The Beginning of the End:
Rumors, gossip, lies and dreams. Conspiracies, intrigues, plots, and counter plots. This must be the Republic of Texas. From 1830 to 1845, the eyes of the world turned toward Texas. Stretching from the Rio Grande to Wyoming, and from Louisiana to Santa Fe (New Mexico), Texas was enormous, and her potential to expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean was under serious discussion.

THE TEXFILES: A Specific Inquiry Into the Republican Period of Texas: by CORK MORRIS
Supporting Sam Houston was a deadly serious business alienating Lamar and summoning the dread curse which possessed the advocates of annexation and invokes new meaning to the word "Allegedly."

1845 - The Twilight Year: Part 1 of 2 Parts. Lamar’s dream to mark "with the sword" the western boundary of Texas at the Pacific Ocean was as foolhardy as it was visionary. When Anson Jones ascended to the presidency of the Republic on the first Monday of September, 1844, he sought to attain by treaty what was impossible with the sword. With the assistance of diplomats Charles Elliot of England, and Count de Saligny of France, Mexico agreed to recognize Texas as an independent republic. And President Polk’s invasion of Texas and his undeclared war against Mexico began.

The Republic of Texas: :
Part 2 of 2 Parts    by Ira Kennedy
1845 - The Twilight Year:

The U.S. sent an invasion force into Texas, denied her diplomatic recognition, and through both official and unofficial agents attempted to undermine the authority and character of the President of the Republic of Texas.
Portrait of  Sam Houston by Ira Kennedy.
A signed and numbered print (limited edition of 25) on 8x10" acid free paper is available from Ira for $45. Please e-mail your request: ira@texfiles.com

A View from the Presidency by Anson Jones:  The year 1843 dawned on Texas with brightening prospects. A jealousy and rivalry began to exist between the U. States on the one hand, and Great Britain and France on the other, in relation to Texas, which was daily gaining strength, and it was not her policy to endeavor to abate or to suppress it…
Portrait of Anson Jones by Ira Kennedy.
A signed and numbered print (limited edition of 25) on 8x10" acid free paper is available from Ira for $45. Please e-mail your request: ira@texfiles.com

The Hidden Harvest:  by Ira Kennedy
The image of Texas held by many unfamiliar with the state is that of rocks, and cactus, and snakes all laid out on a landscape as flat as an ironing board. While that notion may apply to a part of Texas, residents of the Lone Star State all know how native it really is, and we seldom pass up the opportunity to set the record straight ... I first learned some of the Indian uses of native plants from my grandmother, Rosa Daniels. And Grandma Rosa learned what she knew from her full-blood Cherokee mother, Sarah Jane Kelly. I was late in learning that Grandma Rosa taught me more than a list of used for a specific plant. I found that a proper understanding of her knowledge gradually altered my relationship to nature, and through that, my view of the world.

Journey to Clicxlan Part 1 of 2 Parts 
by Cork Morris & Harry Hickman

One of the best kept secrets in the travel lore of the Texas Hill Country is "The Click Route". Years ago Willow City Loop had the same reputation, but as more and more people discover the Texas Frontier such places become prime destinations and they are secrets no longer.
Click is a Hill Country Bermuda Triangle, where expectations and explanations go awry. I hadn’t thought of it that way before; but it is an easy place to lose yourself.

A Firm and Lasting Peace Forever
A Look at the Texas-Cherokee Nation Land Dispute   by Waggoner Carr
The Attorney General of Texas from 1963 to 1967 tells the story of a visit from the general counsel of the Cherokee Indian Nation in 1964 regarding Cherokee land claims in Texas. Carr's next call was to Governor Connally.


"I have discovered a gem of a publication that I want to share with you called Enchanted Rock Magazine. This little jewel is chocked full of Texas history, lore and culture, mined from letters, newspapers and first hand accounts of early Texas settlers. Published by Ira Kennedy, I can highly recommend it! BUY IT!"

Editor, True West Magazine
"Enchanted Rock is truly a fine publication. I don’t often brag on things from Texas, (Okie pride, ya know) but your mag is doing a great job of keeping the West alive. Plus it looks great on the newsstand next to True West. Don’t squat with your spurs on.

Austin Chronicle
"Ira Kennedy and Enchanted Rock are two defining symbols of the Texas Hill Country.  The pink granite mount's rugged beauth has endured for centuries, while Kennedy left a career in the city to pursue a dream in the hills like the pioneer's"