Crossing Rio Pecos

Crossing Rio Pecos

Even if the river proved obliging, Indian raiders and outlaws often did not. Long after irrigation and dams rendered the river a polluted trickle, Patrick Dearen went seeking out the crossings and the stories behind them.

Author: Patrick Dearen

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780875655611

Category: History

Page: 208

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The Pecos River flows snake-like out of New Mexico and across West Texas before striking the Rio Grande. In frontier Texas, the Pecos was more moat than river—a deadly barrier of quicksand, treacherous currents, and impossibly steep banks. Only at its crossings, with legendary names such as Horsehead and Pontoon, could travelers hope to gain passage. Even if the river proved obliging, Indian raiders and outlaws often did not. Long after irrigation and dams rendered the river a polluted trickle, Patrick Dearen went seeking out the crossings and the stories behind them. In Crossing Rio Pecos—a follow-up to his Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier—he draws upon years of research to relate the history and folklore of all the crossings—Horsehead, Pontoon, Pope’s, Emigrant, Salt, Spanish Dam, Adobe, “S,” and Lancaster. Meticulously documented, Crossing Rio Pecos emerges as the definitive study of these gateways which were so vital to the opening of the western frontier.
Categories: History

Rio Pecos Compound

Rio Pecos Compound

Moving across the open grass plain was risky, but the only path to the Rio Pecos headwaters. When they crossed the main trail to Santa Fe, they would be at their most critical exposure. The herd was spread out and taken across in small ...

Author: William F. Martin

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781491841341

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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Other books in The Clint Mason Series: School Teacher and Gunman Stand Tough Destination Santa Fe Phantom Rider Ride West Clint Mason has never been this close to achieving his dream of building a peaceful community around a big, top-quality horse ranch on the Rio Pecos. Using his talents as a land surveyor, he outfoxes a crooked land baron to secure an idyllic estate, but soon finds himself at a poker table with at least three guns pointed his direction. One false move and all of Clint's plans will die with him. A powerful foe aims to make it look like a justified killing over card cheating, and that bold play might help balance Clint's odds for survival. Will it be just another ruthless murder, or will Clint win another day to further his quests for justice, peace and prosperity? The adventures continue on William F. Martin's "Tales of Mason" website: http://williamfmartin.com.
Categories: Fiction

Bitter Waters

Bitter Waters

Bitter Waters, the first book-length study of the entire Pecos, traces the river’s environmental history from the arrival of the first Europeans in the sixteenth century to today.

Author: Patrick Dearen

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806154602

Category: History

Page: 256

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Rising at 11,750 feet in the Sangre de Cristo range and snaking 926 miles through New Mexico and Texas to the Rio Grande, the Pecos River is one of the most storied waterways in the American West. It is also one of the most troubled. In 1942, the National Resources Planning Board observed that the Pecos River basin “probably presents a greater aggregation of problems associated with land and water use than any other irrigated basin in the Western U.S.” In the twenty-first century, the river’s problems have only multiplied. Bitter Waters, the first book-length study of the entire Pecos, traces the river’s environmental history from the arrival of the first Europeans in the sixteenth century to today. Running clear at its source and turning salty in its middle reach, the Pecos River has served as both a magnet of veneration and an object of scorn. Patrick Dearen, who has written about the Pecos since the 1980s, draws on more than 150 interviews and a wealth of primary sources to trace the river’s natural evolution and man’s interaction with it. Irrigation projects, dams, invasive saltcedar, forest proliferation, fires, floods, flow decline, usage conflicts, water quality deterioration—Dearen offers a thorough and clearly written account of what each factor has meant to the river and its prospects. As fine-grained in detail as it is sweeping in breadth, the picture Bitter Waters presents is sobering but not without hope, as it also extends to potential solutions to the Pecos River’s problems and the current efforts to undo decades of damage. Combining the research skills of an accomplished historian, the investigative techniques of a veteran journalist, and the engaging style of an award-winning novelist, this powerful and accessible work of environmental history may well mark a turning point in the Pecos’s fortunes.
Categories: History

A Cowboy of the Pecos

A Cowboy of the Pecos

By the latter 1850s, the Upper Road pushed upstream on the east side and crossed near the New Mexico line at newly opened Pope's Crossing, rather than at Horsehead. For a study of Horsehead Crossing, see Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, ...

Author: Patrick Dearen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493024179

Category: History

Page: 240

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In the late 1880s, the Pecos River region of Texas and southern New Mexico was known as “the cowboy’s paradise.” And the cowboys who worked in and around the river were known as “the most expert cowboys in the world.” A Cowboy of the Pecos vividly reveals tells the story of the Pecos cowboy from the first Goodnight-Loving cattle drive to the 1920s. These meticulously researched and entertaining stories offer a glimpse into a forgotten and yet mythologized era. Includes archival photographs.
Categories: History

Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier Revisited

Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier  Revisited

For more on Horsehead Crossing, see Patrick Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1996), 43–60; and Patrick Dearen, A Cowboy of the Pecos (Plano: Republic of Texas Press, 1997; reprinted 2017 by Lone Star Books).

Author: Patrick Dearen

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780875653884

Category: History

Page: 240

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First published in 1988, Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier was acclaimed by reviewers as “superb,” “significant,” and “utterly delightful.” In this revised edition, Patrick Dearen draws upon the latest in scholarship to update his study of the Pecos River country of West Texas. It’s a land wild with tales that blend history, geography, and folklore, and from his search emerge six fascinating accounts: -Castle Gap, a break in a mesa twelve miles east of the Pecos River, used by Comanches, emigrants, stage drivers, and cattle drovers; -Horsehead Crossing, the most infamous ford of the Old West; -Juan Cordona Lake, a salt lake where sandstorms and skull-baking sun defied early efforts to mine salt vital to survival; -The “bulto” or ghost who wanders the Fort Stockton night; -Lost Wagon Train, a forty-wagon caravan buried in the sands; -The lost mine of Will Sublett, who found gold and kept its location secret unto death. Although linked by the search for treasure, the stories are as varied as the land itself. They speak eloquently of the Pecos country, its heritage, and its people.
Categories: History

The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail 1858 1861

The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail  1858   1861

Author and Mike Cox interview with Barney Hubbs, Oct. 21, 1991, Pecos, Tex. (quotation 1), in the Forest Glen Productions documentary video Graveyard of the West; Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, 39 (quotation 2—this quotation is a composite ...

Author: Glen Sample Ely

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806154640

Category: History

Page: 440

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This is the story of the antebellum frontier in Texas, from the Red River to El Paso, a raw and primitive country punctuated by chaos, lawlessness, and violence. During this time, the federal government and the State of Texas often worked at cross-purposes, their confused and contradictory policies leaving settlers on their own to deal with vigilantes, lynchings, raiding American Indians, and Anglo-American outlaws. Before the Civil War, the Texas frontier was a sectional transition zone where southern ideology clashed with western perspectives and where diverse cultures with differing worldviews collided. This is also the tale of the Butterfield Overland Mail, which carried passengers and mail west from St. Louis to San Francisco through Texas. While it operated, the transcontinental mail line intersected and influenced much of the region's frontier history. Through meticulous research, including visits to all the sites he describes, Glen Sample Ely uncovers the fascinating story of the Butterfield Overland Mail in Texas. Until the U.S. Army and Butterfield built West Texas’s infrastructure, the region’s primitive transportation network hampered its development. As Ely shows, the Overland Mail Company and the army jump-started growth, serving together as both the economic engine and the advance agent for European American settlement. Used by soldiers, emigrants, freighters, and stagecoaches, the Overland Mail Road was the nineteenth-century equivalent of the modern interstate highway system, stimulating passenger traffic, commercial freighting, and business. Although most of the action takes place within the Lone Star State, this is in many respects an American tale. The same concerns that challenged frontier residents confronted citizens across the country. Written in an engaging style that transports readers to the rowdy frontier and the bustle of the overland road, The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail offers a rare view of Texas’s antebellum past.
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A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia

A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia

Although we have no evidence that army recruiters crossed into Mexico, they were more than anxious to sign up Mexican nationals. ... 66 West sent orders for Carson to kill or capture any reb- els seen on the Río Pecos.

Author: Jerry D. Thompson

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826355683

Category: History

Page: 896

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The Civil War in New Mexico began in 1861 with the Confederate invasion and occupation of the Mesilla Valley. At the same time, small villages and towns in New Mexico Territory faced raids from Navajos and Apaches. In response the commander of the Department of New Mexico Colonel Edward Canby and Governor Henry Connelly recruited what became the First and Second New Mexico Volunteer Infantry. In this book leading Civil War historian Jerry Thompson tells their story for the first time, along with the history of a third regiment of Mounted Infantry and several companies in a fourth regiment. Thompson’s focus is on the Confederate invasion of 1861–1862 and its effects, especially the bloody Battle of Valverde. The emphasis is on how the volunteer companies were raised; who led them; how they were organized, armed, and equipped; what they endured off the battlefield; how they adapted to military life; and their interactions with New Mexico citizens and various hostile Indian groups, including raiding by deserters and outlaws. Thompson draws on service records and numerous other archival sources that few earlier scholars have seen. His thorough accounting will be a gold mine for historians and genealogists, especially the appendix, which lists the names of all volunteers and militia men.
Categories: History

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Graham on the subject of the boundary line between the United States and Mexico Aug 25 1852

Report of Lieutenant Colonel Graham on the subject of the boundary line between the United States and Mexico   Aug  25  1852

Last crossing of San Pedro .. Table lands of Texas .. Ten miles further on . Howard's Spring .. In a ravine beyond Howard's Spring .. High table lands beyond Howard's Spring Live Oak creek . Rio Pecos . Valley of Rio Pecos , ( above ) ...

Author: United States. Department of War. Corps of Engineers

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0017727039

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Page: 250

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Senate Documents

Senate Documents

Rio Pecos Valley of Rio Pecos , ( above ) . Ten miles west of last crossing of Rio Pecos Rio Escondido , ( first crossing ) . Ten miles beyond head of Rio Escondido Camanche Spring . Leon Spring First crossing of the Limpia .

Author: United States Senate

Publisher:

ISBN: BSB:BSB11036960

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Senate Documents Otherwise Publ as Public Documents and Executive Documents

Senate Documents  Otherwise Publ  as Public Documents and Executive Documents

I made inquiries relative to the practicability of finding a wagon route from a point south of Santa Fe , upon the Rio del Norte , crossing the Rio Pecos and striking in an easterly course to the headwaters of Red river , or the Brazos ...

Author: United States. Congress. Senate

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:555035138

Category: United States

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Categories: United States