SEMINOLE CANYON STATE HISTORICAL PARK

Christopher Long
Seminole Canyon State Historical Park
Seminole Canyon State Historical Park. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

SEMINOLE CANYON STATE HISTORICAL PARK. Seminole Canyon State Historical Park is on U.S. Highway 90 nine miles west of Comstock in Val Verde County. The rugged 2,172.5-acre park features deep canyons, including Seminole Canyon, evidently named after the Indian scouts from Fort Clark located seventy miles to the east. In many of the canyons, erosion over millions of years has carved massive rock overhangs that were used by prehistoric Indians for shelter. Among the park's most noteworthy attractions are numerous pictographs made by these early inhabitants between 2,000 and 8,000 years ago. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased 1,500 acres of land in 1974 and an additional 700 acres in 1977. The park opened in 1980. Seminole Canyon lies near the juncture of the major vegetation zones, the Trans-Pecos, the Edwards Plateau, and the South Texas brush country. As a result, the area contains an unusually varied range of plant and animal life, including rare bird species such as the zone-tailed hawk, green kingfisher, black phoebe, and varied bunting. Facilities include restrooms, hiking trails, and camping and picnicking areas. Park rangers conduct guided tours to Fate Bell Shelter to view Indian pictographs. In May 1994 a seventeen-foot bronze sculpture made by Bill Worrell was erected at Seminole Canyon State Historical Park. The sculpture depicts a shaman-like figure and honors the legacy of ancient Indian rock art.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Austin American-Statesman, June 11, 1994. Ray Miller, Texas Parks (Houston: Cordovan, 1984). Texas Parks and Wildlife, August 1992.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, "SEMINOLE CANYON STATE HISTORICAL PARK," accessed September 16, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/gks08.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on April 30, 2018. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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