By Patrick Dearen
Along a lot of its Texas stretch at the present time, the Pecos is simply a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and overlooked. the trendy motorist crossing it via bridge is prone to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the heritage buried deep in its banks, he might 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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Will Durham, taped interview with author, Sterling County, 25 February 1989. Durham began cowboying as a mere boy before the turn of the twentieth century. 9. Jake to Dear Ones, letter dated April 1867 and evidently published in its entirety in: Marj Carpenter, "Letter from 1867 Reveals Early Pecos River Deeds," The Pecos Independent and Enterprise, 17 May 1962. 10. L. B. "Bill" Eddins, taped interview with author, Kermit, 5 September 1989. Page 10 11. R. W. Landrum, "A Trip to the Pacific Coast," letter to editor dated 4 October 1886, San Angelo Standard, 16 October 1886, 1, col.
Page 24 Chapter Notes The California Cattle Trail 1. 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, 4360; and Patrick Dearen, Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1988), 3561. 2. For a study of Emigrant Crossing, see Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, 3142. 3. For a study of Lancaster Crossing, see Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, 87107.
Selling the cattle, the men still faced a treacherous ride home. On January 7, 1866, the horse on which St. John had started to Mexico showed up riderless at its home range in North Texas, alarming residents of Fort Davis. . is back at Greer's Ranch in very good order, and it is reported that the boys are killed," Susan Newcomb lamented in her diary that day. " Page 32 One week later, however, Reynolds and Huff came riding back in to Fort Davis to tell townspeople that "they did not meet with any Indians nor much bad luck," wrote Susan.