Yesterday began much cooler, with a temperature of 55 degrees for the drivers meeting in the hotel portico. Perfect!
We started driving towards Paint Rock Texas. The town is something like 35 miles north of San Angelo, and gets its name from the painted Indian drawings on the rocks around the cliff bank of the Rio Concho river.
The geography is pretty flat en route to Paint Rock. Here's a few shots taken on the 1 hour drive.
Not much really to see except cactus, mesquite trees and rocks.
Paint Rock is the county seat of Concho County, Texas and it boasts 287 citizens. The city was founded originally as a trading post near one of the few places a team of horses could easily pull a wagon across the Rio Concho. As such the architecture dates from the 1800's and early 1900's.
Paint Rock is a great place to stop for donuts and coffee on a chilly morning. Refreshments were provided by the local bank. Of course you can always enjoy looking at T's and talking to other T owners with a donut in hand.
Walking around the small town we had the opportunity to see the town's main industry which is rug making. The rugs are made to order entirely by 1920's style machinery, beginning with the raw hair of the animal. The owner of the factory told us they have made carpets from all sorts of animal fur including sheep, alpaca, lamb, horse, even a small one from dog hair!
The machinery of thread, yarn, and carpet making is fascinating.
There are a couple of very interesting antique stores in town, but also many empty vacant buildings.
This was once part of an 1890's style strip shopping center:
The court house was built in 1885 and still looks great, and is still in use by county officials and courts.
We headed out of town to see the famous painted rocks. Across the Rio Concho, and about 5 miles east we came to see the place the town was named for.
We all came puttering into the parking area behind Fred and Kay Campbell's ranch house where they have lived together for over 50 years.
Mrs. Campbell, who admits to being old enough to have voted for Harry Truman, was very kind and entertaining. The Indian Pictographs are thought to have been painted over a period of about 1000 years from as early as 600 AD to the middle 1600's. The latter dated pictographs show horses and Spanish missions, so they are easier to date. Hoses were introduced in the area as early as the 1530's, about 75 years before the Mayflower came to New England with its load of doomed settlers.
The pictographs show us that the area was a popular place to live, with supplies of fresh water, fish, fresh water mussels, and game.
Here is a picture of one of the cliffs where the images can be seen:
This is one of the pictographs shown at the winter solstice. A crack in the rock places an arrow on the image only on that day, and on the exact same spot during the day of summer solstice.
After departing the ranch we came across a State Historical marker for John Chisum, who is the namesake of the Chisum trail. The Chisum trail forded the Rio Concho at Paint Rock.
Just a half hour drive down the road we stopped at a local Catholic church where lunch of pork chops, pork sausage, and the best German potato salad ever was provided.
We continued on after lunch, with stops at a couple of private museums. My favorite was the one with a dozen or more restored tractors and a wall decorated with thousands of tools, including many Model T tools.
Yesterday's drive included one casualty, a 1927 touring that had more than one rod bearing knocking. Subsequent investigation found that there was no oil in the engine, likely the root cause.
Great story and pictures Royce! To bad about the 27 Touring running out of oil. I wonder what was the cause of the oil leak in the engine.
That's assuming it was a leak and not just burning oil.
Royce - Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble each day to post beautiful photos and "chronology" of what is obviously an extremely well planned tour! I have to say, my participation in this forum is pretty much "MY" thing, and while my wife loves our old Fords, she rarely looks at the forum. However, she has a deep interest in history, and especially anything "native American". I read out loud some of your description of "Day #3 a little while ago, and she promptly "took over" my laptop computer! Sure looks like a wonderful tour, and I almost feel like a "participant" due to your daily posts Royce,....thanks again so much,....best stuff on the forum in quite awhile,......harold
As Royce said it was a Perfect day. Here is a picture of the inside of the beautiful Church in Olfen
This is a map of the "Chisholm" trail showing a pink star where the city of Paint Rock sprung up on one of the yellow "feeders".
Thanks Royce for your daily coverage. Great coverage for those that cant be there. Looks like you will all put on some weight on the tour. The catering looks to have been very well done. The pictures of the features of the days touring and the landscape are great.
A little "off of the subject", but Royce's picture that shows the two green Oliver tractors, the one closest to the camera has a radiator shroud and grill that always looks to me like perfect shape for a speedster! Only trouble is, being a farm tractor, I'll bet that's a very heavy hunk of cast iron, as that's the way tractors are built, and as weight is a huge consideration on a speedster, it just wouldn't work! Oh well,.....harold
Thank you Royce for taking such great pictures and covering the events for each day. Your doing an excellent job with such great coverage.
I have not had the pleasure of attending a tour in Texas and have signed up for the National Horseless Carriage Convention & Texas Hill Country Tour in Kerrville, Texas March 1-6, 2015. From your pictures, it looks like a great area to tour in.
I'm a little concerned about the weather in early March as I have seen snow and you name it while attending Chickasha Swap Meets in March.
We plan on bringing our 13 touring. Is this a good time of year for a Texas tour when I would not need my Texas T water pump? Smile!
Please keep up the great job.
Wow Les, I may get to meet you at the HCCA tour! Kerrville and Fredericksburg and San Antonio area is fantastic for T touring. Sure, any old brass car will do.
Look forward to meeting and touring with you. Will bring our 13 T touring. Hope to have the new engine with a Scat crank .....if not, the old engine is still running great.
Several others from Fallbrook, Ca. are signed up and planning to attend. Several of us plan on bring our brass model t's.
Hope for good weather as I do not have side curtains.
Thank you, Royce, for the wonderful tour reports!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Wow, Royce! Thanks for all the great reporting and photos. It sure makes one want to head to the Republic of Texas for a tour. Thanks again.
Thanks for allowing me to relive the memories, Royce. The tour was the best T Party yet !! Thanks Marshall and Diana. This picture will be my first to post to the Forum. . ..Thats me and my '14 runabout with Agape' the tour dog. We're parked next to my friend Richard and Kathy Emery's '15
Chisum vs Chisholm. Any explanation why the name was changed?
Lots of nice photos. Thank you Royce.
I believe the change was made by a mapmaker back in the day who didn't know how John spelled his name.
Just googled it - I am mistaken - the trail was named after Jesse Chisolm.
Happy 100th Sonny
Thanks Tony. Yeah, casting date is 21914. Continuing my perfect record on the last 6 T Parties I got lost on day 2 ;o)
I broke my record and kept myself off of the vulcher wagon for the whole T Party! It was very close on the fourth day!