Neha Patil

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
Nearest city  Amarillo
Governing body  National Park Service
Phone  +1 806-857-6680
Management  National Park Service
Visitors  3,282 (in 2012)
Area  5.548 kmĀ²
Established  August 21, 1965
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Location  Potter County, Texas, USA
Authorized  August 31, 1965 (1965-Aug-31)
Website  Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Address  cassjohnson road, Canadian River Breaks, TX 79036, USA
Similar  Palo Alto Battlefield National, Capulin Volcano National, Chamizal National Memorial, Hohokam Pima National, Fort Union National Monument
Profiles
Facebook

Alibates flint quarries national monument accessible preview


Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is a U.S. National Monument in the State of Texas. For thousands of years, people came to the red bluffs above the Canadian River for flint, vital to their existence. Demand for the high quality, rainbow-hued flint is reflected in the distribution of Alibates Flint through the Great Plains and beyond. Indians of the Ice Age Clovis Culture used Alibates flint for spear points to hunt the Imperial Mammoth before the Great Lakes were formed. The flint usually lies just below the surface at ridge level in a layer up to six feet thick. The quarry pits were not very large, between 5 and 25 feet wide and 4 to 7 feet deep. Many of these quarries were exploited by the Antelope Creek people, of the Panhandle culture, between 1200 and 1450. The stone-slabbed, multi-room houses built by the Antelope Creek people have long been of interest to the public and studied by archaeologists. Today this area is protected by the U.S. National Park Service and can only be viewed by ranger-led guided tours, which must be reserved in advance.

Contents

Alibates Flint Quarries was the only National Monument in the state of Texas until the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument was created in 2013, and is an integral part of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.

The monument was authorized as Alibates Flint Quarries and Texas Panhandle Pueblo Culture National Monument on August 31, 1965, but the designation was shortened to the current name on November 10, 1978.

Alibates flint quarries national monument kicks off summer ranger program


References

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument Wikipedia


Similar Topics
Chamizal National Memorial
Fort Union National Monument
Carlos Acosta
Topics