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BillinOregon 
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11-24-17 06:48 AM - Post#1653227    


Friends on another forum were discussing "Empire of the Summer Moon," the wonderfully readable history of the Comanche tribe, when someone mentioned another good read -- "Land of Good Water, a History of Williamson County, Texas."
Third-party sellers wanted $165 or more for this book, used, on Amazon, but I found it for $25 at the Williamson Museum Gift Shop.
I am eager to read this book, my great-great grandfather having been murdered in 1856 in adjoining Burnet County.

 
Wes/Tex 
Cannon
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Wes/Tex
11-24-17 01:10 PM - Post#1653274    

    In response to BillinOregon

Things were never quite and peaceful in central Texas...what are now Bastrop, Travis and Williamson counties were a hot bed of Comanche raids, personal feuds and general mayhem...Fayette County had a few good tussles plus the Chicken Ranch! They even shot the sheriff in McDade! Didn't know there was a museum or gift shop over there...good to know!

 
2kuz 
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11-24-17 01:31 PM - Post#1653279    

    In response to BillinOregon

I really enjoy digging for artifacts and Wilco is super rich in history. I grew up there and would walk along the San Gabriel after school. Constantly found points and blades. I've gone on a few paid digs where they get a Bobcat and punch down about 4-10' along the banks, every bucket load will have some pre-form or point in it.

 
BillinOregon 
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11-30-17 01:20 PM - Post#1654424    

    In response to 2kuz

Keith, any idea of the age of those artifacts? Are they mostly knapped from the local cherts? I brought a couple of hunks of central Texas chert home with me several years back, picked up along a back road between San Saba and Comanche where my daughter and I had tried to find my great-great grandmother's grave. Always wondered how it would knap, and wether it needs heat treating first.

 
Billnpatti 
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Billnpatti
11-30-17 04:38 PM - Post#1654456    

    In response to BillinOregon

  • BillinOregon Said:
Keith, any idea of the age of those artifacts? Are they mostly knapped from the local cherts? I brought a couple of hunks of central Texas chert home with me several years back, picked up along a back road between San Saba and Comanche where my daughter and I had tried to find my great-great grandmother's grave. Always wondered how it would knap, and wether it needs heat treating first.



Talk to M.D. on this forum about knapping Texas chert. I sent him a big chunk of it and he has knapped a good bit of it and can tell you how it knapps.


 
Snakebite 
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Snakebite
12-01-17 09:59 AM - Post#1654574    

    In response to BillinOregon

There is another good book: "Indian Depredations In Texas" by J.W. Wilbarger, written in the 1890s.

There's also "Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870-1879: The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan Among the Indians" about Herman Lehmann.

Snakebite

 
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