Emmett Mcfall claimed to have first seen “man tracks” in the Paluxy River in 1923 when he was 28 years old. It was in 1929 that he bought property adjacent to the Paluxy.
Several years later, flooding uncovered new layers of sedimentary rock on his property. This flooding also revealed many dinosaur tracks and some “man tracks.” Through the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s, the McFall’s offered tours on their property to see the dinosaur tracks and the “giant man tracks.”
Emmett also had a man that worked for him by the name of Jim Ryles. During the depression, Mr. Ryles removed dinosaur tracks from the river bed to earn extra money. He was known to have removed several human footprints from the river as well. Read more about Ryles here.
In the late 1960’s, the McFalls allowed part of their property to be excavated in an attempt to uncover fresh human footprints and a documentary titled “Footprints in Stone” was produced by the Rev. Stan Taylor. Fresh new tracks were uncovered and documented. This trail of footprints came to be know the Taylor trail. Read more here.
The McFalls have owned the same property since 1929, and both Emmett, Jacob, and RC all attested to the validity of the human footprints in stone.
Over the years, the McFall family has been very open and helpful in allowing excavations to be carried out on their property.