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 Menard, 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.
Presidio de San Saba Restoration Corporation will anchor the southwest region of the Penatuhkah Comanche Trails Partnership. It will educate citizens on the history and heritage of the Comanche-Spaniard interaction of the eighteenth century.
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.
With assistance of the National Park Service providing expert guidance regarding public outreach and engagement and project development we will continue the so far successful outreach efforts to identify and engage new stakeholders. Current efforts are focused on outreach to ranchers to recruit those with sacred sites on their land to join our partnership. Community events, speaking engagements, artists receptions, and book signings are used to raise awareness, to recruit new stakeholders, and to work with the media to raise public awareness.
The PCTP plans to create an economic engine based on heritage tourism and ecological tourism to benefit the ten-county region formerly inhabited by the Penatuhkah Band of the Comanche Nation.
The PCTP plans to enhance its partnership with the Comanche Nation to increase the mutually beneficial economic possibilities inherent in the partnership.
The PCTP will continue outreach efforts that have been successful so far to identify and engage new stakeholders. It will continue to focus on outreach to ranchers to recruit those with Traditional Cultural Places on their land to join our partnership.
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.