Representatives from nine communities as well as landowners of archeological sites in this area have united in a common effort under the auspices of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma to stimulate heritage tourism across the region. Towns represented included Goldthwaite, Paint Rock, Ballinger, Coleman, Comanche, Early, San Saba, and Santa Anna. Also involved are the Executive Directors of the Texas Forts Trail and the Texas Midwest Community Network.
Key partners in the Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership and their roles include the following:
The Texas Forts Trail will coordinate the activities of the various member cities and institutions and protect their shared interests. It will provide resources and common identity to the various members and insure legality and fiscal responsibility to the combined membership;
The Texas Midwest Community Network will assist member cities and organizations in accessing resources for economic development and deliver communication and support capabilities to members and group. TMCN will help in outreach to non-member cities and institutions in the region;
Santa Anna Historical Development Organization will assist with immediate needs of the Partnership. It will also provide good offices with Comanche Nation of Oklahoma through a long-term relationship with the Nation and individuals of the Nation.
San Saba County Historical Museum will anchor the southeast region of the Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership. It will educate citizens on the importance of the Comanche-German Treaty signed at San Saba River west of city.
Finally, Member City Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus will support the activities of the Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership and coordinate project development around mutual economic development for the Partnership and The Comanche Nation. These members will assist in identifying potential privately owned sites sacred to First American history.
The Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Association promotes the restoration, conservation and interpretation of Comanche Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs) and the history and traditions of the Penatuhkah Comanche band in Texas. This partnership creates economic opportunities for all partners through heritage and ecotourism programs that tell the stories of this significant history at the places where it happened and encouraging a Comanche presence in their Texas homeland.
The Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership will use its expertise concerning the significant Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) in our target area to agree on the suitable purposes of those TCPs and restore them to Comanche awareness and use. The Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership is knowledgeable of places other than TCPs in our target area that can tell the Penatuhkah story and will develop ways to tell the story. And the Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership will deliver programs that promote the areas Penatuhkah Comanche history and its economic development.
The Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership has spent the last two years developing programs and opportunities for you to get involved in a variety of ways. From civic leaders who are already making an impact in their communities to people looking for a place to volunteer, you are invited to explore our work and dive in. We’re building a team that anyone can join, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.