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IRA KENNEDY  You've seen his work, read a little about the person. Here's his autobiography (a work in progress).
SPOTLIGHT a English language magazine published in Germany featured an interview with Ira Kennedy.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE by Gerald McLeod. "Ira Kennedy and Enchanted Rock are two defining symbols of the Texas Hill Country."
GAHE: G. Douglas Graham  for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine
EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER: Students from eight districts visit famous authors without leaving school. With Elmer Kelton, Ira Kennedy & Robert Darden..

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THE ENCHANTED ROCK
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
by IRA KENNEDY

Sparsely scattered across the continent are monuments, natural in origin. Some are beautiful, others bizarre; a few reach deeper than the eye or the mind to touch the human psyche. They are named holy. Enchanted Rock, which rises out of the surrounding landscape like a megalithic monument is such a place.

 
AMERICAN INDIAN PROPHECIES

A Brief History on the Future of America

by IRA KENNEDY
American Indian Prophecies
is not about the end of the world but, rather, a change of worlds--the beginning of a new Earth cycle.   The prophecies of Black Elk, Wovoka, Rolling Thunder, Lame Deer, Sun Bear, and the Hopi are used to examine the differences between Western and Native American world views and their relationship to the future.

MEDICINE MAN HILL
by IRA KENNEDY
Seeking legendary silver mines in La Lomeria, or the Hill Country, a Spanish expedition led by don Bernardo de Miranda, lieutenant-general of the province of Texas, set out from the presidio of San Antonio de Bejar in February, 17, 1756. Known as the Miranda expedition, the twenty-three adventurers were under orders from Governor Barrios to locate two silver mines rumored to be in the area. Miranda did find one, known as Cerro del Almagre or the Hill of Red Ochre; and in the process he came within sight of Cerro de Santiago or the Hill of the Sacred One. At least one historian has suggested Cerro de Santiago might have been Enchanted Rock, while others discount the possibility. The Hill of Red Ochre is believed by some to be the Lost Bowie Mine.

THE TEXAS CHEROKEE
by IRA KENNEDY
Texas Cherokee, TucheeWoven into the fabric of personal history is the image of the American Indian. When I was a child my grandmother revealed to me, in a secretive voice, that I was of Cherokee-Irish descent; that my great-grandmother, Sarah Jane Kelly, was a full-blood Texas Cherokee. The revelation filled me with excitement and wonder. Only many years later did I realize that the secretive, almost conspiratorial tone, was shaped by generations of fear, for in Sarah Jane’s day, Indians were an undesirable element in Texas.

GERMAN INTELLECTUALS ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER by IRA KENNEDY
The Texas frontier of the 1850s would seem an unlikely place to find communities with a passion for literature, philosophy, music, and conversations in Latin. Just as unlikely would expectations be very high for communes in the Hill Country attempting to establish utopia along the Llano River.  But, in this area, the communities of Castell, Schoenburg, Bettina, and Leiningen were hotbeds for intellectual conversations and revolutionary social experimentation. These communities were the first to settle the Fisher-Miller Grant located between the Llano and San Saba Rivers

The Republic of Texas
1845 - THE TWILIGHT YEAR
by IRA KENNEDY

Rumors, gossip, lies and dreams. Conspiracies, intrigues, plots, and counter plots. This must be the Republic of Texas. From 1830 to 1845, the eyes of the world turned toward Texas. Stretching from the Rio Grande to Wyoming, and from Louisiana to Santa Fe (New Mexico), Texas was enormous, and her potential to expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean was under serious discussion.

THE BEGINNING OF THE END
by IRA KENNEDY    Part 1 & 2 of 2 Parts
Lamar’s dream to mark ‘with the sword" the western boundary of Texas at the Pacific Ocean was as foolhardy as it was visionary. When Anson Jones ascended to the presidency of the Republic on the first Monday of September, 1844, he sought to attain by treaty what was impossible with the sword.  PART 2 OF 2 PARTS

JIM NICHOLS by IRA KENNEDY
Jim Nichols vs a secesh, ring click, paper collar, kid glove gang of cyoties. A former Texas Ranger faces up to the Confederates in Blanco County.

THE LOST SAN SABA MINES
Compiled and edited by IRA KENNEDY
Reprints from articles found in the San Saba News circa 1890:  Since the 1700's, stories of abandoned or lost Spanish mines and buried treasure in San Saba and adjacent counties have fired the imaginations of thousands of treasure seekers. The following items, from the San Saba News, convey well the excitement these stories generated around the turn of the century
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