By Patrick Dearen
Along a lot of its Texas stretch this day, the Pecos is barely a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and ignored. the fashionable motorist crossing it through bridge is likely to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the heritage buried deep in its banks, he may locate the sweat and blood of cowhands who knew this ghost because the so much ambitious and treacherous river within the West.
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At 1506 Capital Avenue, Plano, Texas 75074. " J. Frank Dobie, A Vaquero of the Brush Country Page 1 The Cowboy's Paradise He rode hell-bent-for-leather along a Southwest river likened to hell and entered the myth of the West. He was a cowboy of the Pecos. With skills tailored to the river's unique demands and with character honed by a no-man's-land in which "pecos" also meant murder 1 and "pecos swap," theft,2 he was a breed of cowhand unlike any other. F. S. ''3 They were indeed maybe the "best damned cowboy[s]"4 who ever sat a horse, men who rode wild broncs by day and even wilder ones over a plate of beans by night.
Adamson Hoebel, The Comanches: Lords of the South Plains (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1986), 12, 38, 39, 288, 289; and O. W. Williams, Pioneer Surveyor-Frontier Lawyer: The Personal Narrative of O. W. Williams, 18771902, ed. by S. D. Myres (El Paso: Texas Western College Press, 1966), 278. 37. W. S. Adair, "Texas Pioneer Tells of Fights with Indians," Dallas Morning News, 8 June 1930. 38. "A History of Texas," Texas Almanac 197071 (A. H. Belo Corporation, 1969), 79, 83, 87. 39. Mabelle Eppard Martin, "California Emigrant Roads through Texas," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly (hereinafter SHQ) 28, No.
Take care of itself under all conditions as will the longhorns. " 5 On the California Trail, the longhorn would need those attributes and more. From end to end, wrote range historian J. "6 Blazed as far as El Paso by Captain W. H. C. Whiting in 1849,7 the trail bore west from San Antonio, skirted the site of present Del Rio, and turned north up the Devil's River, which coursed through a rugged desert fit for no one but its namesake. From the river's head, the trail veered northwest to a vital water sourceHoward's Wells or Springsand on over an arid plateau that suddenly dropped five hundred feet into the valley of the Pecos.