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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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A Cowhand from Click
by Cora Melton Cross.

"I can't think of anything that gives me more pleasure today than I used to get rounding up longhorns in the spring with everything green and pretty. Or following the trail in the fall when the leaves were most as bright as flowers. A brazen sky with a sun like clanging brass and the earth cracked and glowing like tiles of beaten copper. Miles of dust, heat-tortured air; a sky white as bleaching bones and rocky ridges where gnarled oaks spread their branches low along the ground to hoard the cool root soil and lift their leaves for light and strength."

When The Nickle Was King by Bill Bridges.
"New York newspaperman Ed Wallace—an avid chili lover—claimed that during the Depression, "the five cent bowl of chili saved more lives than the Red Cross". He might have added, that free saltine crackers and tomato ketchup also played their nutritious parts. Not those anemic cellophane-wrapped packets of crackers universally used in food establishments these days, but the generous bowlsful that used to sit along the counters and on the tables of diners, chili parlors and hamburger joints all over the country."

The Bloody Hand Prints of Alice Todd   Part 2 of 2 Parts
by Lemon Squeezer
Published in San Saba, Texas 1900
"Away back in the early sixties when a Redskin lurked in every brushy hollow and when men and women went horseback to church, often times fifteen miles away, when everybody knew everybody else, and when everyone was a true neighbor -- it was then our story began."
Save the image (left) as wallpaper: click on the image and follow instructions. (From the private collection of Ira Kennedy.)

The Second Battle of the Alamo
by Charlie Eckhardt. 

"A young woman named Clara Driscoll, whose grandfather, Daniel Driscoll, was a San Jacinto veteran, returned to Texas after having spent seven years in school in Europe. Clarawas impressed with the way Europeans preserved and protected their historical sites, and when she saw the condition of the Alamo chapel and the land on which the Alamo battle was fought, she was furious...

The history of Texas’ frontier settlement is filled with tragic stories of whites who had the misfortune of being held captive by the Comanche Indians, but so far as can be determined there is only one episode where a person willingly gave himself into their hands. This was the peculiar case of Emil von Kriewitz.

Conan the Barbarian
by Cork Morris
On a journey to Cimmeria, described by Homer as a region of perpetual mist and darkness, the author seeks the birthplace of his childhood literary hero, Robert E. Howard, author of Conan the Barbarian. Naturally, being a legend and all, Howard was a native Texan who lived his entire but brief life in Cross Plains on the northern edge of the Hill Country.

History's Longest Train Ride
by C.F. Eckhardt
What’s the longest train ride in the world? There are a lot of answers, of course—the Red Express on the trans-Siberian railway that goes from what used to be Leningrad and is now, mercifully, once more Petrograd (St. Petersburg) near the Baltic to Port Arthur on the Pacific, is probably the best one.

Bigfoot Wallace
by Steve Goodson
As I watched Mel Gibson’s production of Braveheart, I remembered the Texas connection to that story of Scotland’s struggle for freedom.  If any of you have ever been to Mount Bonnell outside Austin, you’ll recall an historical marker that relates how an early frontiersman, Bigfoot Wallace, spent several weeks in a cave on the mountain, recuperating from an illness he contracted in what was the early frontier settlement of Austin.  This pioneer whose given name was William Wallace was a descendant of a Scottish Clansman, William Wallace..

A Pony, A Map & San Saba
by Peru
It is now twelve years since the writer of this, broken in health and fortune, caught the first glimpse of San Saba town.  Coming from Louisiana to Marshall, the terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad, he bought a pony and a map, made for San Saba, some four hundred miles distant, his objective point; traveled roads when he found them and a south-westerly course when he couldn’t, till at length, worn out with sickness and fatigue he reached San Saba. 

The Camels of Camp Verde
by Kenn Knopp
Secretary Davis and his military advisers concluded that if camels were the answer to the caravans of the deserts of the Sahara and other continents, why not in the arid semitropical regions of Texas, and the far west of America?  Thus Congress passed one of its most curious legislative proposals, “The Camel Appropriation Bill”.  It would be the task of the US Navy to get the camels from the far off continents to Texas; and the US Army to carry out the experiment.

The Storyteller
by Ira Kennedy
From a rock shelter halfway up the north face of the bald granite mountain the old Kiowa saw them as they rode in from the northwest. He determined they were four loud and careless young Comanche warriors. He had observed them for the better part of a day as they followed the Pinta Trail to a landmark called Cerro de Santiago, Hill of the Sacred One.
The old man was a Kiowa-Apache shaman and he knew better than to disturb Gahe, the mountain spirit, without great cause. Yet the young Comanches with their horses and their wild nature approached the sacred spot mindless and ignorant of the consequences.


"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"