This is the general area where men such as Charles Goodnight established ranches and drove cattle before moving his operation to the Texas panhandle. This area saw a lot of conflict between Texas settlers and Comanche and Kiowa raiders. The original road to Fort Belknap went right through the area shown in this photo. Fort Belknap was the northernmost fort among a series of frontier forts intended to protect Texas settlers from Comanche and Kiowa raiders. The forts ran from near the Red River down to near the Rio Grande.
In the past few years drought and wild fires have hit this region hard. The grey areas on the far hillsides show the aftermath of the 2011 wild fires which burned much of the red cedar and oaks that cover these hills.