The Rock Wall Phenomenon

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Archaeology
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Joe Taylor & I visited Rock Wall, Texas to investigate the phenomenon of an apparent ancient rock wall underground in which the namesake of Rockwall, Texas was named in the 1850’s. Benjamin Boydstun, Terry Utley Wade and William Clay Stevenson began settling that area and are credited with finding the wall. Since the men could not agree on the town name, the settlers agreed on the name of Rockwall. This rock wall is a rectangular structure approximately 3.5 miles wide by 5.6 miles long encompasses an area of up to some 20 square miles.

It was reported on Friday, May 28, 1886, by the Rockwall Success, Rockwall County’s first newspaper that human artifacts were found although this can no longer be substantiated.

Rockwall Success May 28, 1886

“The greatest wonders that we have to record this week is the finding of a petrified human skull. While at work last Saturday, Ben Burton unearthed with his plow, a gigantic skull, fully as large as a halfbushel. The staring sockets wherein the eyeballs once rolled, were as large as a half-gallon cup. Some few of the jaw-teeth still remained; one of them about an inch thick by two inches long. This goes to prove that this county was once inhabited by a race of people that would be wonderful to look at now. Dr. Wiggins thinks it the skull of some ante-deluvian giant, that would have weighed at least 1000 pounds. Any one wishing to see this mammoth skull, can do so by calling at The Success office, as Mr. Burton says he will leave it there for inspection. –– Sam Slick”

Rockwall Success June 4, 1886 No. 19

“Wonders will never cease. Immediately after it was generally known that Mr. J. B. Burton had found the gigantic petrified skull, a large crowd collected and set about making an examination of the surrounding ground. Spades, picks, and axes were plentiful and in use. Mr. W. R. Grier might have been seen pounding the ground with a huge hammer, and intently listening after each successive blow, when he was heard to call out, “This way boys!” There was a general rush to his position. “Listen Boys,” said Grier as he brought the hammer down with a heavy thump on a large flat rock.

To the astonishment of all, the hammer slipped from Grier’s hands, and after a short interval, was heard to strike something below that had the clear distinct ring of metal. Now the wildest excitement prevailed. A lantern and rope were quickly brought, and the earth was rapidly cleared away. The hole in the rock, which proved to be slate, was enlarged and the lantern was let down into the murky darkness. At last Messrs Burton, Grier and J. B. Steger volunteered to descend and explore the mystery. The cavity proved to be a chamber about 60×100 feet square, and 40 feet from the floor to the slate roof through which they had effected an entrance. This roof was supported on pillars of black marble, whose polished sides glittered in the lamplight and made one think of the orient.

According to Mary Pattie (Wade) Gibson, granddaughter of T.U. Wade (who was one of the founders) gives further historical details regarding what her grandfather and other men did. It is reported that there were cubicles or rooms constructed of stone which you could walk into and reach a corridor which seemed to run in a direction into the hill in which the town square now sits above. She told of an incident in 1906 of two unidentified men digging out the corridor which had apparently been filled with erosion. Their intent was to reach a room full of gold according to Indian legend. The ceiling of the corridor had steep slopes (describing a Gothic type arched ceiling, much like the Mayans built), and as the two men excavated further into the corridor, the steeper the slope of the ceiling became, and consequently, the men abandoned the site in fear of structural collapse.

In 1922, men were digging a water well when at about thirty- five feet down they discovered an almost perfect square opening through the wall, which has been referred to as a “window.” The opening was two feet square, in a two foot section of the wall. The total depth of the shaft was forty-two feet, but they did not find the bottom of the structure. (J.Glenn, 1950).

Mrs. Gibson also spoke of her grandfather’s investigation of the wall in which he discovered on the outside that the wall went straight down about forty feet. Additional information was provided by the daughter of the late Mr. Deweese, an early settler of Rockwall, who described a doorway with a diagonal shaped stone in the wall at the Wade residence on Highway 66. This portion of the wall was open to visitors from 1936 until the late 1940’s, but was eventually back filled because of dangerous structural conditions.

In 1949, a Mr. Sanders of Fort Worth, Texas, did an excavation of the wall. From this excavation four large stones were brought up with the largest weighing approximately two tons. It is claimed that other artifacts such as a large stone with possible unknown writing and an animal artifact have been found at the site. These extremely dense stones have been underground, therefore erosion has not been the cause of the designs on them. Moreover, there are no other stones or portions of the wall with inscriptions or diagrams that have been discovered to date. (J. Glenn, 1950)

There are other reports of doorways or windows found in the wall through thepast 100 years such as reported in the Dallas Morning News, 5 November 1967 by Frank X. Tolbert, “Back in the 1920’s, T.H. Meredith said a well was dug on his farm just east of the town of Rockwall, and Mr. Meredith declared that the digging went along side a masonry wall which seemed to have an arch over a doorway or window.”

Could this be that this is remnants of some ancient, long lost civilization? Geologists generally believe that it is simply a geological feature called a clastic sand dike. It is important to understand however that no one knows what this feature is exactly or how it was created. Nevertheless, we should investigate this area more closely with continuing excavations so that we may be able to advance our understanding of the phenomenon at Rockwall.

Update April 29th: FYI – early voting starts tomorrow for the bond election that includes the rock wall prop in it. Actual election day is May 12, so less than 2 weeks and we will know.

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    • Dale Conkel says:

      I just visited the Rockwall Library yesterday and they said that a History Channel film crew was visiting Rockwall to do a video on the rock formations in Rockwall. Its funny but she thought I was one of the film crew doing research when I asked about books about the origin of the wall. Earlier in the week on Christian TV I watched “It’s Supernatural” and the topic was biblical giants as spoke of in Genesis. I remembered I read about the Giant skull found in the 1800’s in Rockwall how the founder sold tickets for local folk to see it. It was also mentioned in the town newspaper. So I was led back to Rockwall last night to see what I could find out. Watch out for History Channel release of this show.

      • Bob L Liles says:

        Yes do be wary of exactly ‘what’ one hears and sees on the History Channel. I have found they only give the audience what “they” choose and put a ‘slant’ on many facts which will make one doubt their own beliefs. Never expect the plain old truth from this money making machine called the “History Channel” because it is a history channel they wish to make a coherent attempt at lying when it comes to facts.

      • Dale Conkel says:

        I did not believe the History Channel explanation. Because how can a rectangular shape of the wall possibly be naturally occurring.

    • Komikino says:

      It’s a sand dyke! Thanks for explaining this mystery History Channel!

      • Z says:

        Sometimes watching the History Channel still leaves one with a bit of doubt as to how a sand dike could be formed in a concerted circle, much less a rectangular mass.

      • Bob L Liles says:

        A ‘sand dyke’? Some fresher eyes and brains should be on this wall until there is way more info processed and given to the public for their judgments, before the secular media twists the truth if necessary to make the wall be what ever they think it should be . Maybe just me, I believe there is more to this very large geographical structure, man-made, or, naturally occurring.

  2. Seems there is much information not included in the Bible we have today. I believe it is King James’ Council of Nicea that decided, by the Kings’ authority, what to include as actual Scripture which is used in the vast majority of todays’ versions and translations as The Bible. Just because the Scriptures of the Bible doesn’t go into such great detail about the mathematics, technologies, medical advancements, and structural knowledge man had in the days of Noah, does not mean “Humans”, made in God’s image, were Darwin’s “Cave Men”.

    • biashistory says:

      It appears that you have some items confused. The Council of Nicea was held in 325 A.D. in Nicea which is a city in northern modern day Turkey. The King James Bible was not authorized until 1611 in England. Yes the Church Fathers did discuss the content of the Bible but they discussed it as a matter of what should be considered the Bible or infallible scripture and they had a very high threshold for what was to be considered scripture. A lot of what was rejected was rejected because it had come from the main issue to which they attempting to address, namely heresies such as Arianism and trinitarian heresies in the Church. A problem was that no one held to a consistent view of what constituted authoritative scripture thus they had to first settle that issue in order to progress to understanding what was in the scripture.

      • Biashistory, I thank you for the info on the dates and people which I was not sure about. One thing, I do believe that some reading of some of the “Lost Books” could be valuable to a lot of us. If nothing else, just for comparison to the accepted Scriptures. And maybe gain a better understanding of some of the writings not included in the Bible.

    • Barbara Land says:

      The Bible is about a history of God’s dealings with His people & others & it does pretty much explain EVERYTHING as far as I’ve been able to see. Gen. 6:4 tells us about the Fallen angels coming to earth to mate with earth’s women with their offspring being the giants in earths history, who were all over the world; seen & written about by early explorers. They’re the one’s that Joshua was fighting to get out of the promised land, King Og being the last one. We are now overwhelmed by all kinds of facts & examples about them; bones being found of huge people & all sorts of artifacts. The Smithsonian and the “Learned” of this world would have us believe in Darwin’s theory, but he never heard about DNA, & the “learned” men are quickly being proven to be false. If you don’t understand about the giants, who may have built the rock walls under Rockwall, and all the other megalithic structures, then you don’t have God’s Spirit on you enough to even understand what The Bible is saying. By knowing about the Nephilim & Fallen Angels you learn to also understand more about Satan & his doings.

      • Greg Offord says:

        nice to see other people see what i see, genesis 6, jude 14, books of enoch. i love it all :) god bless where are you on the ufo’s and crop circles ??? i love other opinions

      • A.S. Judkins says:

        Well I’ve written a new book called “Alien Agenda: the Return of the Nephilim”. It is available at

      • Bob L Liles says:

        I agree with all you have said about all this information being in the Bible. It is. Fact. Only ‘one’ thing, and it’s most likely just me and my thoughts, about having the Spirit of God. “I” believe that if one has the Spirit there is God’s hand on them. I believe that if you do have the Spirit of God that it is an “all or nothing”, NOT one “having enough” of His Spirit to accomplish anything. To me, it is like saying I’ll check into being a Christian later, right now I am too busy. By that, they have just proved they are without His Spirit. Hence, they have rejected the Word of God. His Scriptures.

      • The giants of Biblical times were not the giants of fairy tales but men of extraordinary size and strength. What was the average height of the Hebrews at that time. Perhaps 5’4″. A giant would be someone over 6 feet tall, or larger. Big people like Goliath. But then the Bible is fiction itself so why do I, or anyone else spend time on the writings of the old Hebrew scholars who had as their reason for existence the promulgation of their faith which featured a single god and that god was the god of the Hebrews. No one else need apply.

    • DL Holmes says:

      Concerning the bible comment, Gen 6 says that “their were giants in the land”, and even in the new testament references to tthe book of Enoch are scattered through the scriptures, and unless you have read Enock you have no idea what it is talking about. The fact is, creation is much older than most people know, and humans and humanoid giants with great techknologies excisted throughout most of it. I believe the wall is man made, and used to seperate the inhabitants inside from the dangers outside.

  3. Van says:

    Well it looks like it is official now, the bond election prop 4 (the rock wall), failed :(.  The vote was 35% in favor and 64% against.  Maybe next time…

  4. Bob L says:

    Our history has many mysteries yet to be discovered. I love exploring our past, Biblically. I am not well educated, but, I do enjoy all this stuff! Have a great day!@ Bob

  5. Barbara Land says:

    I know that God gave us the knowledge that He knew we needed to know to understand His words for us. Nothing totally important was left out. There’s enough there for us to understand the whole purpose of everything.

  6. I believe that our Creator has passed along enough information, for all believer’s in Jesus Christ, to understand exactly what He wants us to know as we are now. I am happy and my mind and heart is settled on my God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, to be my Saviour. I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and I am going to Heaven. All the Biblical Archaelogy wriiten about and all the other ‘mysteries’ are my favorite things to read about in and outside the Bible.

  7. Z says:

    Looks like, perhaps, this subject is set to air on the History Channel late in 2013.

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  9. J Rod says:

    Pretty amazing…

  10. Frank John says:

    I would have thought that archeoligists would have been all over this site if it had any authenticity

    • They would have, even if there had been the slightest chance of finding something just a little out of the ordinary. Names and reputations are made this way. It’s nothing different from what geologists run into every day, and while it might be a mystery or a spark for conspiracy theorists, it is nothing for the educated scientist. A career is limited by the amount of time spent attending to it and wasting time is not something that one should put on one’s schedule.

      Believe me, if there was anything to this, the place would be buried by scientists from every corner of the Earth, trying to get their names onto this “amazing” discovery. The Discovery and History Channels have sunken to the lowest levels and should not bear the show titles that they do. Big Foot and mysterious rock walls. Shouldn’t we, who approach science from the direction best marked out by earlier work, be given shows of a serious nature? No, and the reason for the “no” is the fact that serious work does not bring in the dollars. Nonsense piled on an ever-growing pile of BS grabs those with Bible or conspiracy in hand because these are the people who have no interest in science or the truth. It’s the story and if truth happens to wander in on the story, then it must be removed.

      Limping Bard

  11. Danny B says:

    Just know that anything that you see on The History Channel is purely presented to sell a story.
    Truth and accuracy are not important as long as the story seems interesting and will potentialy pull in viewers.
    I know this because my very good friend is one of the paid “experts” that The History Channel hires for opinions on any of the Nostradamus and “future telling / prophesy” type programs.
    He will straight up tell you that the producers edit his words and assign answers to re-written questions.
    The America Un-Earthed program about Rockwall’s rock wall was amateur crap and if their scientific abilities were not any better than their production abilities then the program is doubly crap.

    • You, now, have unearthed another wall, the one blocking truth. Sadly, we are constantly reminded of where we stand in scientific education. I might expect the kind of comments I’m reading here from a 12 year-old tribal youth raising goats in Kyrgyzstan, a young boy or girl who has never seen the inside of a school, but from American adults. This is scary. Are we that far behind in our science education? That should have been a rhetorical question. Of course we are.

      Limping Bard

  12. wdsta1 says:

    Ths is a great article.Alot of interestng facts.I just watched America Unearthed and Scott Wolter the host of the show debunked the texas rockwall theory that giants built the wall?I must admit- i was very disapointed with his findings.I feel the short time frame he had to make a claim if its manmade or a natural phenomina wasnt enough time to come up with a substantial conclusion!To me the theory about ancient large humans and ths huge wall is kept buried for a reason.Who knows maybe Scott was visited by the Men in Black and was told to tone it down with his findings.Surely inside Scott truely knows that ths wall was built and not a natural phenomina!But to stay on the air he was told to debunk the giant and manmade wall theory!Even thow there is so much evidence that proves ths theory. I was hoping that they were gunna find that early giant humans built this wall!fuckkkkkk!!hahaha..

    • If you have never studied geology, this might be a difficult time to start getting an education in it, but there is much to learn, and, in may cases, much to unlearn for the simple fact that such comments containing phrases like “men in black” indicate a lack of scientific education and a great need to study same.

  13. Derek Gale says:

    I watched the History Channel episode -“the great rock wall of Texas” .. the guy who stars in the show .. said the rock wall was a natural phenomena and not man made … I don’t believe a word that guy said .. it looked like he was lying … I believe your Rock wall in Texas is truly a man made structure .. the guy from the history channel only took samples in small areas from what they shown on tv … I’ll call him a liar and full of it.. he was definitely hiding something .

    • Derek, I totally agree with you about the History Channel and their, twisted stories. I know the dude on the program was lying. Can’t prove it, but, I know. So damn much has been buried regarding our FACTUAL history. From the “Sasquatches”, “Mothman”, and all the other crypto-creatures on land to the “behemoth’s” in the seas, and the so-called UFO phenomena. I believe there truly are so many strange things to consider regarding the unusual creatures, that the friggn so-called “scientists” can not figure these things out; yet, they tell their versions of “their” own stories on tv for the bucks. All of the subjects I mentioned have been going on and talked about for centuries, or, even thousands of years most likely. Physical evidence is what is needed.

  14. Richard Robb says:

    Since John Wesley Powell became head of the Smithsonian Ethnology/Archaeology Department in 1879, there has been a systematic cover up all a-typical discoveries. Powell and his successors were strict Darwinian evolutionists, believing that man started a a diminutive ape, and gradually became more upright, intelligent, and “human.” No room for giants. Due to the prestige of the Smithsonian and its government aegis, this has been the position adopted by academia. It is arbitrary, biased, and un-scientific. The last scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is a perfect illustration. If the ballot measure passes, you can expect strong resistance from academia, as they feel their Status as Experts is on the line.

    • I am in agreement with the things regarding our “True” history. So many “scientists” have given out “their” delusions about our history and how we got here, without them even “knowing” what the hell they are talking about when they open their mouths. Mis-info, Dis-info and flat out lies are used to ‘make’ their cases for their own “guesses”. I want a site where we can and do speak facts regarding the history of Earth and human beings. I haven’t found it yet.

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  17. lisa clark says:

    Before i even read the “giant” story i thk they wer either living free there or imprisoned there the natural wall or built by giants ppl tht move by faith or gifted like myself no tht our civilation whether told or not no tht we r being fed the truth slowly for we wer asleep n sum still r but during my N.D.E my eyes wer opened long ago… the flood was sent to erase mistakes made by divine beings n humans n giants were born but we r here cuz they arent.THERE WAS A GOD GIVEN PLAN… GIANTS WERE ACCIDENTS N MADE TO BUILD STONEHENGE ENGLAND N AMERICA, ROCKWALL ETC (All aligning with soltices) but keep seeking the truth! Its time to OPEN OUR EYES

  18. pek says:

    You guys are hilarious.

    • Their comments would make a good show in themselves. And it would certainly point out how sadly lacking in science education we are. “My god,” as in what are these people thinking, if thinking they are, as become my exclamation of the day. My god, what is going on in their minds?

  19. Susan says:

    Is there any place to see the wall in Rockwall TX or the giant skull? Thanks

    • A.S. Judkins says:

      No, unfortunately the wall cannot be seen today & there is not any plans to excavate in the future. You can see the episode on H2s “America Unearthed”. Regarding the skull, the remains of it are unknown. Thanks for writing!

  20. M. Adler says:

    The Rockwall Success,1885-86, microfilm/micrifiche resources are missing from the Rockwall Public Library. A search conducted by a friendly librarian was fruitless. Very educational. August 2015.

  21. Rasheed says:

    I just watched history channel about the rockwall wall and the host concluded its a natural formation. I just didn’t believe it. The recording rectangular formation and the fact that it’s of an exact Heath all across needs further explanation.

    • Rasheed, You are correct! Too many others just dismiss these mysteries. I am with you on this. The dude on the History 2 Channel is all about proving, I think, that ‘his’ idea of the Vikings living here is all he is about. Damn! You, I, and for goodness sake, so many other people see right through this type of funneling of information into someone’s television program for the money. I only want the facts and then we should be able to follow the right track of what happened, or who was where, built what, “time-frame” of events, how they lived and if a bunch of people, Native Americans from Alaska to the tip of South America just “DISAPPEARED”, how does he find that information helpful without any facts? He plays around the facts of true giant people living at all. All over the whole Earth “Giants” are found! All fing over! His agenda is about easy money doing his hobby…maybe I am wrong. I hope so.

  22. Maybe this is the wrong place to write a mystery of mine. In either Heber or the Poteau???, Oklahoma, I have ‘heard’ of coal mining and thousands of feet down into the digging of the coal artifacts embedded into the coal were found. “I” have never been able to verify that story. I wish someone could, and or would enlighten me on this “fact”?

    • I have heard a lot of Texas mysteries also. Seems, (I originate from the Oklahoma/Texas area btw), a lot of the elderly people have many things they are aware of and know quite a bit about. I am also Potawatomi Indian, as were all my mother’s family. Our “strung-out” tribe from the northeastern U.S. to Oklahoma where I was raised have many stories about our past. The American Indian is a major key to all that has ever taken place on this continent.
      But, if one removes all the waters in all the oceans and lakes and seas…there is a whole other world(s) we know zero about. There is more to try to understand underwater than we will take time out to thoroughly discover. Money.

  23. Dr. RT says:

    Around 11,600 years ago, as Plato had storied about, a huge cataclysmic event took place in an instant. This period In time was near the end of the ice age and this event was responsible for the end of it. It’s been revealed that a comet had broken up in at least three pieces and impacted the glaciers that covered most of north American continent. Those glaciers were 1 to 2 miles thick. This impact of comet fragments was in excess of 50,000 mph and on impact created such intense heat that the glaciers vaporized and melted sending multi millions of tons of water sweeping clean the surface of the continent. I’ve seen the details of this in the Panhandle of the Idaho at the apex of the Pend Oreilles Lake and the landscape westward across the Washington lava fields. This wall of water was in excess of 1200 feet high. Theory has it that the Grand Canyon was formed not in increments over the years but in one event. In a flash America was a clean slate. Much of the world was impacted the same way. This event wiped clean all the large beasts that once inhabited most continents and only the African continent far to the south was spared this cleansing. Those that are mesmerized by the modified history from the Bible explain this away as Noah’s flood. Although in fairy tale form for the simple to understand, this event did happen. Oceans rose nearly 75 feet and covered much of what was coastline.

    Prior to this event the world was inhabited by an advanced civilization. Few survived this cataclysm and the knowledge was slowly reintroduced back into the world of the living. Mostly these inhabitants were knuckle dragging hunter gatherers that had very little knowledge of what they were seeing develop in front of them. Dotted all across the globe are sites that were unmolested by this event and became the source of the “re-education” of mankind. The simple told fantastic stories of “miracles” because they could not explain the phenomenon unfolding before them. For instance, farming suddenly appeared over night and wide spread all over the world. Events like these to the ancients were unexplainable and treated as divine due to the lack of intellect.

    This chain of re-education of mankind continues today. Modern man is still muddled in the unexplainable. Religion has splintered into tribal auras, gone against the other, engaging in horrific violence upon the other, while invoking the peaceful. Religion has evolved from the knuckle dragging witness of re-education to controlling the masses through fear and bloodshed. Religion is responsible for more bloodshed than any single source in world history which speaks volumes about it’s ignorant subscribers, today’s “Christians”.

    There once existed a world before the cataclysm that processed energy in an advanced realm that the ancients could not understand only to process what they saw before them as divine and through the exploitations of fear of consequence that ignorance still exists today because small minded individuals would rather it be explained to them in a fairy tale flavor of choice because the fear of reality is just to dangerous.

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