Sunday, September 28, 2014

No Prisoners in Penitentiary Hollow in Lake Mineral Wells State Park

A couple miles east of the city limits of Mineral Wells you will find the entry to Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway.

The Trailway is a biking, hiking, horse riding trail which trails all the way from Weatherford to Mineral Wells.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park has over 17 miles of hiking trails, of which 9 are open to horses and bikes.

The most unique attraction in Lake Mineral Wells State Park is Penitentiary Hollow.

Go to our Eyes on Texas webpage about Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Penitentiary Hollow to see photo documentation about what is so unique about Penitentiary Hollow.

I do not know if Penitentiary Hollow is so named because it was used at some point in time as a prison. I suspect that may be the case. One could easily keep a large number of prisoners inside the "Hollow" with little means of escape, only needing a few guards to keep an eye on the prisoners.

In our modern era no one is kept prisoner in Penitentiary Hollow. The location is currently an extremely popular rock climbing venue.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park is only about 40 miles west of the western fringes of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Go here for a map showing the location of Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

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