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Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Highway Design Division

Abstract

The Waters Park community and Sites 41TV632 through 635 are located on the left bank of Walnut Creek near its headwaters traversed by the Southern Pacific Railroad, FM 1325, and the Waters Park Road. The sites pertaining to the old Waters Park community lying in the proposed right-of-way of the north extension of Loop 1 (MoPac Boulevard) are those cited above. The sites were identified in 1974 during an independent survey. A large number of other sites are found in or adjacent to the right-of-way. Among these are Site 41TV39, the Rogers Spring Site previously excavated by The University of Texas; Site 41TV291, the James P. Wallace Site to be excavated by the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT); and several sites near the right-of-way. It was determined at that time that there were important sites at the locality. Further visits in 1984 reinforced the author’s opinion, and testing through us of a metal detector was proposed.

A grid was laid out on the site promptly and accurately by the crew of the SDHPT District 14 headquarters. The author secured permission to test the site from the property owner, Jay W. Barnes, Jr. Edward Sutherland, of District 14 coordinated the District activities. At the Highway Design Division Environmental and Community Factors Section, James W. Barr and Frank A. Weir coordinated with the District. Tom Gorman aided in testing the metal detector. Milton Bell, Jerry Henderson, Ann Irwin, and Marilyn Rotter of the SDHPT Archaeology subsection provided production, administrative, and secretarial support.

Licensing Statement

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