[Penitentiary Hollow]

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This is a photograph of a woman and young boy (both of them unidentified) posing among the tall rock formations at Penitentiary Hollow in Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

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1 photograph : b&w

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: A. F. Weaver Collection and was provided by Boyce Ditto Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 1812 times , with 13 in the last month . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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This is a photograph of a woman and young boy (both of them unidentified) posing among the tall rock formations at Penitentiary Hollow in Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

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1 photograph : b&w

Notes

Additional historical information: A dam across Rock Creek east of Mineral Wells in Parker County was built to impound a new water supply for the city of Mineral Wells. A joint committee of nine named the new water source Lake Mineral Wells in December 1919.
When it became necessary to dam up Palo Pinto Creek in the 1960's to obtain a larger source of water, the city gave Lake Mineral Wells to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for a State Park.
Penitentiary Hollow in the State Park is one of the few areas in Texas where rock climbers may gain mountain-climbing experience. As the photograph shows, spectacular vertical cliffs, 40 feet and more in height, are well-adapted to honing climbing skills.
The area gets its name from the story that cattle thieves were thought to cache their booty there, preparatory to driving the hapless animals onward for sale. Anyone detected in the area was therefore likely to find lodging in a local penitentiary.

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A. F. Weaver Collection

This colorful panorama covers Mineral Wells' founding and its mercurial growth as a resort center and army town to the present. Photos are from local historian and photographer A.F. Weaver, local families and research sources.

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  • April 25, 2007, 6:53 p.m.

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  • July 25, 2016, 9:08 a.m.

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[Penitentiary Hollow], photograph, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25094/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boyce Ditto Public Library.