Stone Tablets of Texas


Enigmatic inscriptions on Texas stone tablets
are locked in a web of mystery.

While flying a helicopter over Stonewall County, T. Bonham and Virgil Williams photographed a rock larger than two 4x8 sheets of plywood that was shaped like a diamond. The rock was on the west Double Mountain. Virgil Williams remembered the diamond design carved on the Stonewall County Spider Rock. Williams said, "the Diamond Rock was carried off the mountain." Williams gave Townsley a photograph of the west mountain. In the picture was heavy earth moving equipment and the rock shaped like a diamond. Bonham lost a gold watch on the west mountain. (interview with Virgil Williams and T. Bonham) R. Lenkingham was interviewed by Bill Townsley in September of 1998. Lenkingham said there were marked rocks on Skinout Mountain and more between Anson and Roby, Texas. One of the marks described was a diamond design, another was a capsule looking design with lines radiating from it. Lenkingham told Townsley the key to solving the Spider Rock mystery involves measurements using 22 1/2 degrees. 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.

Perhaps raising more question than providing answers to the Spider Rock mystery, after Duane Hale, Robert Kyker and Johnny Terrell’s article appeared in Treasure (1989), G. Taylor, of Albuquerque, NM. said Dave Arnold came to Rockdell, Texas, sometime after 1910. Gurney E. Ward (who dug at the Clyde site after Arnold quit it) came later. Both were looking for a design of rocks laid out on the top of the ground. Years later, Taylor and his father found them. (personal observations by the author; interviews Bonham; Williams; Lenkingham and Jones; Hale, Spider Rock Seminar, Cisco, Texas)

William Lees discovered an Indian mono in Comanche County a few miles south of Gorman, Texas. On both sides of the mono were various man made designs. Interrupting the prevailing flat terrain about 6 miles fromGorman, Texas, a turtle design or mound (over 6 feet high) was recently destroyed when rocks used in its construction were used to build a bridge across a creek. (Hadley Scott)

A group of men dug into a formation of rocks shaped like a bell in the 1990s. The site is not far from Baird, Texas. (Michael Ingram) September 1998, A. Lee used a front end loader to dig into the center of a bell or arch shaped formation of rocks on his property near Star, Texas. Lee said, the formation was beautiful and looked manmade. When younger, he and some of the other boys rode their bicycles on it. Thereis a rock fence on the Lee ranch, its purpose is unknown. The Lee’s purchased the property in 1944. (A. Lee; personal observations by the author)

There is a Spanish cross with 3 dots carved above a cave near Prairie Dell and Jarrell, Texas. The site is southeast of Ft. Hood. The Leon River Medicine Wheel (discovered in 1990 after workers cleared the area for cedar posts) is located within the boundaries of Fort Hood. It is believed to be the largest medicine wheel in North America, the Big Horn Medicine Wheel would fit into its inner circle). The Leon River Medicine Wheel is a sensitive site and is protected as a Traditional Native Cultural property. Access is monitored by Native American groups. At their request the U.S. Army is cautious about the amount of information available to the general public. A matter of public record are two Fort Hood Archaeological Reports (No. 19; 1993 and No. 33; 1996).

Ira Kennedy may have photographs, taken of two flat rocks roughly 8"x10" (3"- 4" thick) with petroglyphs on one side - "elaborately complex, like a maze". The man who had these rocks when Kennedy photographed them, would not reveal exactly, where they were discovered. He did tell Kennedy, they came from around the Fort Hood area. (interviews with George Washington Copeland - 1997, Ira Kennedy e-mail - 2001, e-mail Stephenie L. Bandy -2001, research conducted by Bill Townsley and Lynn Jones - June 2001) A few miles west of Fort Hood is another monument of stones. Between Lampasas, Texas, and Fort Hood is a very large rock fence or "horse trap". Texas Tech University is currently conducting archaeological investigations within the perimeter of the massive structure. Bill Townsley and Michael Ingram visited the site in March of 2000. In addition to the rock fence are the ruins of an old stone building and a well. Some speculate the fence was built during the 1700s. Archeological or historical records will prove or disprove the theory. (authors personal observations)

Perhaps you too, know of other rock fences, corrals, petroglyphs, stone ruins or rock carvings. You are welcome to communicate with the author: or Bill Townsley, 377 Avian Forest Dr., Stockbridge, Georgia 30281. Or you may phone 1-770-506-8179.


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