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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Gillespie County Historical Marker, Easter Fires
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Dimensions3008 x 2000
Original file size2.9 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken23-Aug-08 10:22
Date modified23-Aug-08 10:22
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D50
Focal length50 mm
Focal length (35mm)75 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/200 at f/7.1
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
Metering modePattern
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Easter Fires

Easter Fires

Fredericksburg
Gillespie County, Texas
30 14.131' N 98 50.018' W

Text: Blazing on the hills around Fredericksburg each Easter Eve, combined with a local pageant, these fires recall an old tale. In March 1847, when Comanches and whites signed a major peace treaty, the Indians lighted huge signal fires on these hills. To calm her children's fears, one mother-- recalling Easter fires in her native Germany-- told them the smoke came from pots in which the Easter Bunny was dying eggs with flowers. As the tale spread and pioneers kindled the fires in each year of peace with the Indians, the local yearly celebration arose.