Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Chuck wagon cook-off starts Thursday

(Quay County Sun) People will have a chance to enjoy the smell, taste and feel of the Old West this weekend as several teams compete at the 17th annual chuck wagon cook-off at Ute Lake State Park in Logan.
Cowboys and cowgirls from around the state and Texas will be looking to woo the judges and the crowds using just their culinary expertise with cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens and the charms of their authentic chuck wagons. Continued

Abandoned 66

Much of Route 66 in New Mexico and Texas serves as a frontage road for Interstate 40 and isn't really abandoned at all, but there are stretches, here and there, that are almost completely deserted. This one is between Tucumcari and San Jon, on the north side of 40.

Riding For The Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865

Terry's Texas Rangers
(True West) In Nathan Jennings’ Riding for the Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865, (University of North Texas Press, $32.95), readers get the San Jacinto campaign, Comanche raiders, Texas Rangers and the Mexican and Civil wars, all in one volume. Continued

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Old House 79

Norton, NM (vicinity)

Black Seminole scouts rescue commander from Comanches

Pompey Factor

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1875, three Black Seminole scouts earned the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action. Pompey Factor, Isaac Payne, and John Ward, along with their commander, Lt. John Lapham Bullis of the Twenty-fourth United States Infantry, were pursuing a band of twenty-five or thirty Comanche Indians near Langtry. Continued

Monday, April 24, 2017

Signage: Cafe

Nara Visa, New Mexico

Magnolia Petroleum

(Wikipedia) The Magnolia Petroleum Company was an early twentieth century petroleum company in Texas founded on April 24, 1911 by the Sealy family of Galveston, as a consolidation of several earlier companies. Standard Oil of New York (Socony) exchanged its stock for all of the Magnolia stock (except seven shares for the Directors) in December 1925 though it continued to operate as an affiliate of Socony. Socony merged with Vacuum Oil Company in 1931, becoming Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. Magnolia Petroleum continued to operate as a subsidiary of Socony-Vacuum.
In 1959, Magnolia was fully incorporated into the Mobil division of Socony-Vacuum, which later changed its name to Socony Mobil and, ultimately to Mobil Oil Corporation. Continued

Sunday, April 23, 2017


An old place that may or may not have been part of Norton.
There are still street signs pointing the way to Norton, New Mexico, but there's no Norton, not anymore, not for a long time.

Roy Orbison

(Wikipedia) ... Roy Kelton Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas, the middle son of Orbie Lee Orbison (1913–1984), an oil well driller and car mechanic, and Nadine Vesta Shults (July 25, 1913 – May 28, 1992), a nurse. Both of his parents were unemployed during the Great Depression and, searching for work, moved the family to Fort Worth, Texas, when Roy was a child. He attended Denver Avenue Elementary School until a polio scare prompted the family to return to Vernon. Later, they moved to Wink, Texas. Continued

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lesbia, New Mexico

Lesbia was another on a long list of American towns founded on the principals of optimism, free land, and a highfalutin name. Not much remains of the original village, but this decrepit building, possibly the old Baptist church, still stands as a testament to a lot of hard work. It's easy to think of these (mostly) deserted places as failed efforts, but many of them were viable communities for decades.

Coronado departs Culiacán in search of Seven Cities of Cíbola

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1540, an expedition led by Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado left Culiacán in Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Cíbola, concerning which wondrous tales had been brought to Mexico by Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. There was no gold at Cíbola (the Zuñi villages in western New Mexico), but the explorer was led on by stories of great rewards to be found in Quivira, a region on the Great Plains far to the east.
Chasing this chimera occupied Coronado until the early part of 1542; along the way he apparently marched across the Llano Estacado of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle, passing through present Palo Duro Canyon. Continued