The Mason County Historical Association is again teaming up with other area historical societies for a tour of sites of interest in our region. This season, the groups will tour a site just outside of Paint Rock, which is an extensive display of Native American rock paintings. If you wish to carpool with the group going from Mason, meet in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 8, 2010. The group will travel to Paint Rock where they will meet up with history buffs from neighboring counties for a guided tour of the pictograph site for which Paint Rock was named.
Charles Pluenneke, member of the board of Mason County Historical Society, has set up this tour in conjunction with historical associations in near-by counties. The local group will travel from Mason and join those coming from elsewhere at the courthouse in Paint Rock at 10:00 a.m., where a guide from the site will meet us. The pictograph site is on private property, so it will be necessary to travel together from Paint Rock to the bluffs overlooking the Concho River where the rock paintings are located.
Unlike some of the paintings on the Pecos River, this example of Native American art cannot be attributed to a single indigenous group of people, but was probably done over hundreds - even thousands - of years and by many different tribes. This is a rare chance to see a remarkable display of Indian artwork. Anyone interested is welcome to join the tour.