Fun Fact; First National Monument In Texas Is In The Panhandle
There's a lot of history in the Texas panhandle. From the first tree to half buried cars, we've got it all. Fun fact; that includes the first national monument in Texas.
The Story Starts Thousands Of Years Ago
You have to go back quite a ways to get to the start of the story behind Texas' first national monument; heavy emphasis on the national. There are a lot of monuments in Texas, but this one is a U.S. national monument.
You have to go back to when people were going to the red bluffs around the Canadian River. They went there looking for flint. The Antelope Creek people got a lot of use out of the flint in the area.
Ring A Bell Yet?
It should. The area is now protected by the U.S. National Park Service. I'm sure you've seen the signs if you've ever decided to spend a day at the lake. That's because Lake Meredith is managed alongside the area that is home to the first U.S. monument in the state of Texas.
Alibates Flint Quarries
Would be the right answer if you've been guessing. Originally it was called Alibates Flint Quarries and Texas Panhandle Pueblo Culture National Monument. What is it with us giving everything an incredibly long title in the panhandle?
That was the title given in 1965 on Aug 31. The designation would later be changed on Nov 10, 1978. I'm no expert, but I like to believe it's because they had a difficult time fitting all of those words on a sign.
No matter the reason, the fact is that the first national monument in the state of Texas resides in the panhandle.
P.S. You'll Need A Reservation If You Want To Check It Out
If you decide one day that you just want to get up and go check out the quarries, you might be out of luck. During the winter season, tours are reservation only. Follow this link to their website for more info.