Find images at Rock Church Community: Oct. 20

  • 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
  • Carpool from UNTHSC, 3500 Camp Bowie, Research and Education Building, Room 100; find directions

Explore and photograph early Texas during the October outing to the historic Rock Church Community, 10 miles southwest of Tolar on FM Road 2475, on the Hood and Erath County line.

The Rock Church Community includes an old-fashioned swinging bridge, rock fortress-church for which the community was named, and a turn-of-the-century clapboard church.

Club vice president Ken Spencer will lead the outing. Meet at the UNTHSC parking lot to carpool. We’ll depart at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, for the 60 minute drive. After the outing, we’ll have lunch at participants’ expense in Granbury.

The Jesse Caraway family donated land in the1860s for the church. The two-story, solid rock building was constructed with volunteer labor and materials contributed by the community’s founding families.

The community, located on the Paluxy River, was on the route to the Comanche Peak look-out and ceremonial site for Comanches and other tribes, who clashed with settlers and U.S. military in the area through the 1860s.

outing-rock-church-old-bridgeIn 1917, a swinging bridge was built across the Paluxy River near the church. It was used for many years for pedestrians, horse and buggy traffic and automobiles.

Questions? Contact Ken.

Photo, above, by club member Robert Frase.