Johnna D., a teacher in Wimberly, sent a picture of this lovely tree on Trent Kainer’s property in Cuero and was wondering if it was an Indian marker tree. Marker trees are an ancient form of communication by Native Americans. By tying trees sideways, they were able to mark camping and watering sites for other groups. The “marked” trees grew sideways and can be identified by their strange appearance. Of course, documentation, such as the Indian Marker Tree of Burnet possesses, are a huge help. We can not be sure if this tree is or not, but the youthful appearance may be a clue to the puzzle. What we can be sure of is that we are grateful to people like Johnna who are interested enough to keep our rich heritage alive.
Coming soon: The Indian Marker Tree in Grayson County on Brad Ward’s place.