Hale saw the distinctive trees at what settlers knew as Painted Camp near Turkey Creek, which is located in the Hart Bend area where Big Keechi Creek empties into the Brazos River. McMinn backs up Cochran's story by referring to a 1930s study of Texas Indian rock art made by an archeologist named A. T. Jackson. The man spent eight years studying rock drawings and carvings done by pre-historic Indians across Texas. Apparently, he also considered the Palo Pinto tree paintings as authentic as the numerous Indian rock art works in the county. Jackson believed that Painted Camp got its name from four acres of large cedar trees marked with red and blue paintings. It appeared that the Indians had first peeled away the rough outer bark of the cedar trees and painted on the smooth inner bark. The paintings varied in size from 4- to 12-inches in length and some formed a complete band around the tree. The most striking aspect about the tree art was that it was not the ordinary stick figures but complicated drawings and designs. Apparently, after Jackson's studies, early day cedar hackers had no idea the paintings were valuable, and they cut the trees down. Despite the archeologist's findings, it seems that no one knows for sure exactly why the Spaniards came up with a word for painted trees or exactly what they saw. Even so, the names of other Texas counties seem boring and unimaginative compared to the name given to the county seat, creek and the county of Palo Pinto.