SAN ANGELO, Texas – Several counties in the Concho Valley will be part of a new designated trail preserving the history of the Comanche people of Penatuhkah who inhabited the area.
The counties included in the proposed trail map are Coleman, Brown, Comanche, Mills, San Saba, McCulloch, Concho, Menard, Mason and Gillespie. However, the trail will extend beyond these counties into other parts of Texas.
The trail will feature authentic Penatuhkah campsites that have been discovered by researchers and private landowners. These campgrounds will be documented and restored.
Although the trail is still in its infancy, Lori Dodd, executive director of the Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN), says she is excited to get involved.
“The Texas Midwest Community Network helps with marketing, promotion and support,” Dodd said.
On the official website of the Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership, the participating entities are listed and the project is described.
The Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership is a coalition of historic chambers of commerce, tourism boards, nonprofits, the Comanche nation of Oklahoma, and private landowners in the region. This central Texas association plans to develop a landscape conservation plan to protect and interpret the lands and traditional resources of the Penatuhkah Band of the Comanche people as well as promote heritage tourism in the area.
The Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership covers approximately 15,000 square miles in the heart of Texas. This region coincides with the homeland of the Penatuhkah band of the Comanche nation from around 1750 to 1875. The views, ecology, heritage and history of this region sacred to the southern Comanche give it enormous potential to offer tourism opportunities for Texans seeking to learn from the extent of the great Comanche Empire.
To learn more about the trail on the official website, click here.
Dodd also touched on the importance of preserving small towns and their unique history and attributes:
To learn more about the TMCN, click here.