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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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The Huff Journals & The Lost San Saba Mines
by Ira Kennedy
"In the fall of 2000 I received a phone call from David Ewing Stewart asking me to help him find a buyer for two old dairies inherited from his great grandfather William P. Huff, one of the original 300 families to settle in Texas.  I agreed and set up a time and place so I could  view the documents first-hand.  Arriving at the Schulenburg Auction Barn I discovered the parking lot full as there was a cattle auction in progress.  I had no difficulty in locating Mr. Stewart and before long I was in the coffee room of the auction barn where I could review the diaries and photograph their contents at my leisure."

Old News
Here are a few articles reprinted from the Mason and San Saba newspapers between 1886 and 1902.  The first three mention Indian or Spanish mines. Tales of silver and gold mines were so commonplace back then they seldom received top billing.  Evidence of that can be found in the item "Turkey Eating Frogs on Wallace".  The frogs received top billing although the first half of the piece is about Indians molding ore into bullets (presumably silver). 

Later Billy Goes to Town
by Ira Kennedy

"Later Billy didn’t mind driving to town but the time wasn’t right. The reasons for going didn’t quite stack up to what was happening right then, which wasn’t much, if anything. Besides, Later Billy was no fool. It was about ready to flood, and there was at least a mile of muddy road before the dry creek bed crossing up near the paved road. Flash Flood Creek, that’s what Later Billy called the big dip in the road with the flood marker."

Hog Punchers and Hog Dogs
by Hazel Oatman Bowman

"Along with the resumption of hog activities came a revival of hog dog stories, reminiscent, to a great extent, of the old times when hogs were driven by the thousands in Llano County and were of the wild type which required the use of dogs. These yarns, told by the so-called hog men about the find hog dogs they have owned and their particularly remarkable feats – experiences that are common, every day occurrences in Llano County – sound fantastic and unbelievable. Even those which actually happened are as incredible almost as those which admittedly are highly exaggerated to begin with. These stories, like the hog dogs, also belong to the Llano acorn country." 

The Highway Ghost of Blanco County
by C. F. Eckhardt
"It was close to midnight and John wasn’t letting any grass grow under the wheels of the ’57 Chevy V-8. Then, about halfway up the climb to where the Charles’ Restaurant billboard stands, he caught something in the headlight on the west side of the road. He slowed—it might be a deer, and as any experienced Hill Country driver knows, only God knows what a roadside deer’ll do next and even he isn’t completely sure."

Mexican Mommas on Maternity Leave
by Chris Solek
"The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, located outside of Mason, Texas, boasts one of the few caves in the United States which the Mexican Free-tailed bat (Tadarida Basilensis Mexicana) chooses as a nursery site for the birth and rearing of its young. It is one of the largest maternity colonies known to exist. The nightly emergence of these bats from the cave during the summer months is an awesome natural spectacle which should be appreciated by everyone at least once..."

The Springs of Eden Colorado Bend State Park
by Ira Kennedy

"Beneath us was a large basin where, from our left, Gorman Creek plunged into the jade and turquoise colored pool, clear as glass, twelve feet below. Pristine was the first word that came to mind. Other than that, the scene defied adequate description. Here, far from the noise and chaos of the modern world I found a palpable sense of peace. This is where rivers begin. Along the stair-stepped falls of Gorman Creek are the unspoiled springs of Eden."

The Tribulation of Bill Porter
by C. F. Eckhardt
"He lived in Kerrville, San Antonio and later in Austin where he published The Rolling Stone. He embezzled money from a bank, hit out in Guatemala, invented The Cisco Kid, and became one of the most famous writers in the world."

Ingram's Walk Across Texas
by Steve Goodson
"Ingram’s account of the journey, The Relation of David Ingram of Barking in the Counties of Essex, Sayler (sailor), was published in 1582. He relates how they turned inland and turned northward crossing the Rio Grande River probably near present day Camargo, Mexico. He continued northward and from his description of the country probably reached the Hill Country before taking a more eastward course."


"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"