Gone to Rock and Ruin

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

by Beryl Cain Hughes



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/8/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781480862876
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781480862883
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781480862869

About the Book

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument thirty-five miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as a federal entity in 2015, but until now, there has not been a single comprehensive book written about the site.


Beryl Cain Hughes, who has long been fascinated by the site, celebrates the history and natural beauty of what had been the one and only national monument in Texas for several decades in this collection of essays.


She answers questions such as the following:


Who were the people who lived near the quarries?

Why was the flint more valuable than gold?

What did these people eat, wear, and do?

What were their most significant accomplishments?


The author also celebrates the accomplishments of Floyd V. Studer, who was the first person to recognize the importance of a hill pockmarked with the pits that people dug in their search for good flint. He would spend his life dedicated to the site and its preservation.


Explore the history of some of the earliest people to venture into the Western hemisphere who dug flint, set up trade exchanges, established villages, and fought to survive with Gone to Rock and Ruin.

About the Author

Beryl Cain Hughes has lived in the Texas Panhandle for more than thirty years and is well acquainted with Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. She has degrees in history and anthropology, and a master of arts in library science. She has presented a number of papers on various aspects of the Flint Quarries, parts of which are included in this book, to professional societies.