Commanche arrow put in at Yellowhouse

POSITIONING A BIG ARROWñ Hockley County Commissioner Whitey Barnett and Tai Kreidler, Deputy Director of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, walk the end of a giant arrow toward a hole in the ground as the arrow creator, Charles A. Smith, directs them. Don Henderson, owner of Henderson Enterprises, used his crane to lift the arrow off a trailer and into position in the hole, where Jerry Gilmer, Robert Watkins, Chris Roberts and others mixed water and concrete to hold the arrow

Visitors to Hockley County can now see two giant steel arrows, one here in Levelland and the other close to where Comanches and other Indians actually traveled.

The second 22-ft. long arrow was erected Friday just before lunch on FM 597 west of the Yellow House Ranch headquarters gate.  It is less than three miles away from the Yellow Lakes which were a destination for Indians before written history. The presence of those lakes, and other lakes in the area, were recorded by early Spanish explorers, by New Mexicans who herded sheep across the Llano Estacado and who traded with the Indians, and finally by buffalo hunters and early cattlemen who found the lakes to be a reliable source of life-saving water.

The arrow recognizes the Comanche Indians and Chief Quanah Parker. While Parker did not keep a record of his travels,  it is certain that Comanches visited the area. 

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