A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Indian Marker Tree

Holliday, Texas

About 50 feet away from where we are camped.

Indians would bend over a sapling to mark a trail as to the direction of travel, or a source of water, good place to camp or even to cross a stream among many other pieces of information.  I have seen a lot of trees growing in strange ways but never knew until now that some of them may have been Indian Marker Trees.

I took the photo in a way that what is written could be better read.

A lot of misshapen trees could be by any number of means: wind blown over, lightening strikes, another tree falling on it when it was just a sapling.  By looking at images on the web though I now know what to look for in the future when it comes to Indian trail marking.
I thought this really special to be camping where Comanche Indians once did.


  1. I have never heard of this before, but after reading your post I looked up images of these marker trees via the internet and some of them are truly spectacular. Fascinating story. Do the native people object to being called Indians? I though they preferred Indiginous people or first nations people.

  2. I had no idea! Wonderful info! Thanks.

  3. That's all new to me. We often see trees like that but in England it results from the sapling being bent over and woven into the hedge to make a stockproof barrier.

  4. I love the way you cover these new and interesting things you and Beans discover. Thanks, John. Please keep on keepin' on.

  5. They are given to customers/clients (Past, Present and Future), workers and even to different organizations. family tree gifts


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