Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Wednesday Guest - Caroline Clemmons
My husband found a perfect Clovis knife he added to his collection. At a Boy Scout Jamboree, his Boy Scout leader encouraged him to exhibit the collection. Unfortunately, someone didn’t remember the Boy Scout rules and stole the entire collection. My hero has been looking for replacements since then. Imagine how odd it seems to us to visit Lubbock and go through the Lubbock Lake Site Landmark Visitor Center where my husband and his friends used to play.
Yellow House Canyon is a major landmark on the Texas South Plains and cuts a gap of more than thirty-five miles into the eastern edge of the Caprock escarpment in Lubbock and Crosby counties. The canyon received its name from the Casas Amarillas, where Yellow House Draw curves toward the east to expose a yellow cliff likened to the features of a city seen from a distance. The canyon is hardly noticeable until central Lubbock County, just north of Lubbock. Artifacts found at the Lubbock Lake National Historic and State Archeological Landmark, within the city limit of Lubbock, indicate that people have inhabited the area for more than 11,000 years. Prehistoric animals occupying the region have included bison, mammoths, camels, early horses, and giant armadillos. Coyotes, wolves, antelope, prairie dogs, and black bears were among later arrivals.
Allegedly Francisco Vázquez de Coronado came as far south as the Lubbock Lake site in 1541. At any rate, later Spaniards did follow the canyon, including Father Juan de Salas, who traveled through en route to the natives of the San Angelo region in 1629 and 1632, and two groups of pearl-seekers, who went to the South Concho River in the 1650s. The Lubbock Lake site came to be generally known by the Spanish, who called it La Punta de Agua. The trail through Yellow House Canyon, Blackwater Draw, and Portales Draw provided early travelers with an acceptable route across the South Plains where water could readily be found. Though the Spanish probably knew this, later settlers avoided the region. Ranald S. Mackenzie, however, used the route during an 1872 expedition.
What is now the city of Lubbock was founded at Lubbock Lake with the establishment of the Singer Store in 1881. This store, the first commercial enterprise in the area, served early ranchers, the military, and occasional Indian groups. A friend who has been through Lubbock insists that Singer must have settled there simply because that is where his wagon broke down. What a cynical judgement! Lubbock Lake Landmark Site is under the auspices of the Museum of Texas Tech University, with excavations conducted under a Texas Antiquities Committee permit.
For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have come to Lubbock Lake. Hunter-gatherers, the Apache and Comanche nations, and the founding of a modern city are each a part of the history of this National Historic Landmark that is one of the premier archaeological and natural history sites in North America.
The setting for my current release, HOME, SWEET TEXAS HOME, a contemporary sweet romance from The Wild Rose Press is in and near Lubbock. The buy link is www.thewildrosepress.com/caroline-clemmons-m-638.html Learn more about me from my website www.carolineclemmons.com or blog http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com