Saturday, July 31, 2021

The J. W. Carter Family and the 7-Up Ranch

"The first permanent settlers in Castro County, the James W. Carter family moved to this area in 1884. A tent and dugout served as home until a house was constructed (100 yds. W). Their cattle, which they brought with them, were marked with the 7-UP brand.
Their daughter Lizzie (born 1886) was the first white child born to a permanent settler in the area. James Carter (1845-1916) was instrumental in the organization of the Castro County government in 1891 and served on the first commissioners court.
Carter and his wife Ellen (1855-1942) later opened a hotel in Dimmitt."

Narrow Road to Tucumcari Mountain

Friday, July 30, 2021

Evolution of a Mountain Man: Ceran St. Vrain

(Wild West) When escalating Civil War tensions reached Taos, New Mexico Territory, Confederate sympathizers tore down the Stars and Stripes from its staff on the town plaza and resisted all attempts to restore it. So Union supporters reportedly nailed the flag to a makeshift pole hewn from a young cottonwood tree, raised it over the plaza and guarded it round the clock.
Among the zealous members of the color guard were renowned mountain man and scout Kit Carson and prominent fur trapper and Taos merchant Ceran St. Vrain. Such a purely symbolic act of no particular military significance marked something of a climax in the developing loyalties of Ceran St. Vrain, as he responded to the rapidly changing political landscape of the early 19th century and evolved from French expatriate to Mexican citizen to American patriot. Continued

Country Churches: Clovis Church of the Brethren

The church was built in 1918. Located on the southern end of Thornton, it is now the Unity Fellowship Church.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

McKee refinery fire

(Wikipedia) ... The volunteer fire crews from nearby Sunray and Dumas were fighting the fire in a conventional manner while the decision was made to reduce the amount of liquid in the burning tank. This increased the volume of the tank filled with explosive vapors. A few minutes before seven in the morning, an hour after the blaze began, the tank ruptured as the remaining fluid in the tank boiled, increasing the gas pressure past the bursting point. Continued

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Still a Sound Policy

This vintage sign, on display at the Tucumcari Historical Museum, reads "We do not discuss Politics, Religion, or the Civil War."
This vintage sign, on display at the Tucumcari Historical Museum, reads
"We do not discuss Politics, Religion, or the Civil War."

Chuck's Snack Bar

Nara Visa, NM

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Battle of Ambos Nogales

(Wikipedia) The Battle of Ambos Nogales (The Battle of Both Nogales), or as it is known in Mexico La batalla del 27 de agosto (The Battle of 27 August), was an engagement fought on 27 August 1918 between Mexican forces and elements of US Army troops of the 35th Infantry Regiment, who were reinforced by the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment, and commanded by Lt. Col. Frederick J. Herman. The American soldiers and militia forces were stationed in Nogales, Arizona, and the Mexican soldiers and armed Mexican militia were in Nogales, Sonora.[2] This battle was notable for being a significant confrontation between US and Mexican forces during the Border War which took place in the context of the Mexican Revolution and the First World War. Continued

Monday, July 26, 2021

George Catlin

Comanche village by George Catlin
George Catlin (July 26, 1796 – December 23, 1872) was an American painter, author, and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Travelling to the American West five times during the 1830s, Catlin was the first white man to depict Plains Indians in their native territory. Continued

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Feed Sack Fashions And Patterns of Depression Era America

(Library of Congress)
(Flashbak) During the Depression people used cotton flour bags and feed sacks to make clothes, curtains, diapers, awnings and other household items. Manufacturers got wind of their bags’ other uses and began decorating them. Color and patterns added a little style and joy to the common sack dress. Of course, it wasn’t all altruistic. As we read in Cotton bags as consumer packages for farm products (1933): ‘One of the greatest opportunities to increase the use of American  cotton lies in the field of consumer packaging of farm products… Continued

Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Staked Plains Horror

Buffalo Soldier Tragedy Memorial
(Wikipedia) Buffalo Soldier tragedy of 1877 also known as the "Staked Plains Horror" occurred when a combined force of Buffalo Soldier troops of the 10th Cavalry and local buffalo hunters wandered for days in the dry Llano Estacado region of north-west Texas and eastern New Mexico during July of a drought year.
The groups had united forces for a retaliatory attack on regional Native American groups who had been staging raids on white forces in the area, during what came to be called the Buffalo Hunters' War.
Over the course of five days in the near-waterless Llano Estacado, four soldiers and one buffalo hunter died. Continued

Horsehair Bridles: A Unique American Folk Art


(Historynet) Among the lesser-known subjects of Western cultural history is the braiding and hitching of horsehair. Source identification of the various styles and designs of headstalls, bosals, belts, fobs, hatbands and other such items has been a matter of specialized knowledge and plenty of guesswork—until now. In Horsehair Bridles Ned and Jody Martin have done yeomen’s service to both the historic and present-day field of woven horsehair. Continued

Friday, July 23, 2021

Ronny Cox

(Wikipedia) Daniel Ronald "Ronny" Cox (born July 23, 1938) is an American character actor, singer-songwriter, and storyteller. His best-known roles include Drew Ballinger in Deliverance (1972), George Apple in Apple's Way (1974-75), Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Richard "Dick" Jones in RoboCop (1987) and the villain Vilos Cohaagen in Total Recall (1990).
... Cox, the third of five children, was born in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, the son of Lounette (née Rucker) and Bob P. Cox, a carpenter who also worked at a dairy. He grew up in Portales, New Mexico. Cox met his wife, Mary, when in high school and they married in 1960. Cox graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1963 with a double major in Theater and Speech Correction. Continued

Thursday, July 22, 2021

"There stands Jackson like a stonewall!"

(Texas State Historical Association) Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr. (1824–1861), Confederate general, was born on February 8, 1824, in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Anne and Barnard E. Bee, Sr. In the summer of 1836 the family moved to the Republic of Texas, where Bee's father served as secretary of state.
The young man was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point with an "at large" status on July 1, 1841, and he graduated thirty-third in the class of 1845. Continued

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Russell Lee

Rodeo at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair 
(Wikipedia) Russell Lee (July 21, 1903, Ottawa, Illinois – August 28, 1986, Austin, Texas) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).
... In the fall of 1936, during the Great Depression, Lee was hired for the federally sponsored Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographic documentation project of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. He joined a team assembled under Roy Stryker, along with Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein and Walker Evans.
Stryker provided direction and bureaucratic protection to the group, leaving the photographers free to compile what in 1973 was described as "the greatest documentary collection which has ever been assembled." Lee created some of the iconic images produced by the FSA, including photographic studies of San Augustine, Texas in 1939, and Pie Town, New Mexico in 1940.  Continued