Saturday, October 21, 2017

“Ol’ Max Evans: The First Thousand Years”

(Albuquerque Journal) ... The worlds Evans creates are full of cowboy culture – one he is very familiar with.
He was born in Ropes, Texas, where he learned about life on a ranch.
He’s a cowboy. He’s a miner. He’s a visual artist.
The dozens of novels he’s written include “The Rounders,” “The Hi Lo Country” and “The One-Eyed Sky.” Continued

Ed's Bar

Ed's was a county line bar, one of thousands in the U.S. positioned to take advantage of differing liquor laws across jurisdictions. They aren't as popular as they once were, due to stricter drunk driving laws. Ed's, just above Grady, NM (straddling Curry and Quay Counties), is for sale. You can see the listing here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

In letter to king of Spain, Coronado is first to describe Llano Estacado

(Texas Day by Day) ...  It was during his search for Quivira that Coronado came upon the Llano Estacado, which he described thus: "I reached some plains so vast, that I did not find their limit anywhere I went, although I travelled over them for more than 300 leagues ... with no more land marks than if we had been swallowed up by the sea .... There was not a stone, nor bit of rising ground, nor a tree, nor a shrub, nor anything to go by." Continued

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jeannie C. Riley

(Wikipedia) Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, October 19, 1945) is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA" (written by Tom T. Hall), which missed (by one week) becoming the Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time. Continued

Lone Dove Gallery: Broadview, New Mexico

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Death on the lonely Llano Estacado

(True West) With cold, unblinking eyes, a well-dressed gentleman stared at J.W. Jarrott as he walked with his wife, Mollie, down the main street of Lubbock, Texas, in August 1902. J.W. said to Mollie: “There’s a man I’d rather not see in this country.”
After the Jarrotts passed, the stranger quietly disappeared. Continued

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mike Judge

(Wikipedia) Michael Craig "Mike" Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and musician. He is the creator of the television series Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–1997, 2011), co-creator of the television series King of the Hill (1997–2010), The Goode Family (2009), and Silicon Valley (2014–present), and writer-director of the films Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999), Idiocracy (2006) and Extract (2009).
... Michael Craig Judge is the second of three children born to archaeologist Jim Judge and librarian Margaret Blue. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where his father worked for a nonprofit organization promoting agricultural development. Judge was raised from age 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Continued

Old House 102

Between Wheatland and Grady

Monday, October 16, 2017

Francis Lubbock

(Wikipedia) Francis Richard Lubbock (October 16, 1815 – June 22, 1905) was the ninth Governor of Texas and was in office during the American Civil War. He was the brother of Thomas Saltus Lubbock, for whom Lubbock County, Texas and the City of Lubbock are named.
Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, Lubbock was a businessman in South Carolina before moving to Texas in 1836. During the Republic of Texas period, President Sam Houston appointed Lubbock to be comptroller. Continued

Shuttered Business, Broadview, NM

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book review: “Secret Route 66”

Brownlee Diner, Glenrio NM/TX (Sixgun Siding)
( Here’s where you know Jim Ross and Shellee Graham’s new book, “Secret Route 66,” is a success: Not only did they uncover more than a dozen obscure tidbits from the Mother Road that escaped my notice, I jumped into my car to search for one that was nearby. Continued

Friday, October 13, 2017

Conrad Richter

( Conrad Michael Richter, (born Oct. 13, 1890, Pine Grove, Pa., U.S.—died Oct. 30, 1968, Pottsville, Pa.), American short-story writer and novelist known for his lyrical fiction about early America.
As a young man, Richter did odd jobs and at age 19 became the editor of the Patton (Pennsylvania) Courier. He then worked as a reporter and founded a juvenile magazine that he liquidated before moving to New Mexico in 1928.
In an era when many American writers steeped themselves in European culture, Richter was fascinated with American history, and he spent years researching frontier life. Continued