Blue Bonnet Hill

Ovilla, Texas

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The pecan is a prehistoric plant. Fossil remains found in Texas and the northern part of Mexico indicate strongly that the pecan was here and producing long before Native Americans came on the scene. The discovery of fossil remains along with the literally millions of native pecan trees found along most major streams and irrigation canals in these two regions further indicate that this is the original home of the pecan and that it spread north and east from this area.

The American Indian built his very life and his nomadic existance around the pecan tree and its life-sustaining nut. Archaeologists have shown a major concentration of Indian campsites in the immediate ares of the heaviest native pecan stands. The earliest recorded writing on the pecan by Cabeza de Vaca nearly 500 years ago indicate that the Indian planned his movements and activities around the maturity of the pecan nut.

Despite the long existence of the pecan and the great dependence of the Indian on this food source, there has been interest in the pecan as a commerical crop for only 140 years. Only within the past 75 years has there been major development of the commericial pecan industry.

One of the most popular governors to ever serve Texas made a deathbed request on March 1, 1906: "I want no monument of stone or marbel, but plant at my head a pecan tree and when this tree shall bear, let the pecans be given out among the plain people of Texas so that they may plan them and truly make Texas a land of trees." The next day, March 2, on Texas Independence Day, James Hogg passed away. His unusual request was published all over the state.