Groups such as the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition and the Jasper, Georgia-based nonprofit Mountain Stewards are finding and identifying trees used by Indians as markers.
A pecan tree, more than 300 years old, stands out from the others in a forested area of Dallas, a 25-foot segment of its trunk slightly bowed and running almost parallel to the ground before jutting high up into the sky.
It, like numerous others across the country known as Indian marker trees or trail trees, was bent in its youth by American Indians to indicate such things as a trail or a low-water creek crossing.
The coalition has recognized four marker trees in Texas and is investigating reports of 32 others across the state. The group also serves to celebrate the heritage the trees represent.
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