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Life in Presidio County Texas 1850 - 1950

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Marfa Texas Railroad Depot 1916Marfa Texas Railroad Depot 1916

In 1916 hundreds of people met the train that carried the military victims of what became known as the  Glenn Springs Massacre. The raid on Glenn Springs occurred on the night of May 56, 1916, when Mexican Villistas and Carrancistas attacked the towns of ...

Texas Rangers in SaloonTexas Rangers in Saloon

Texas Rangers Nate Fuller and AJ Beard having a drink in a saloon in Marfa Texas in 1916

Rancher and Wife Inspect HerdRancher and Wife Inspect Herd

A rancher and his wife inspect their herd of whiteface cattle near Marfa Texas in 1916

Rebuilding Stores After FireRebuilding Stores After Fire

After a fire broke out in the Busy Bee Store in Marfa Texas in 1920, carpenters were brought in to salvage, rebuild and repair damage done to adjacent buildings

Western Auto Store in 1930sWestern Auto Store in 1930s

In the 1930s three men posed in front of the Western Auto Store in Marfa Texas along with bicycles they had for sale.

Hotel Saint George in Marfa Hotel Saint George in Marfa

Street view of the Hotel Saint George in Marfa Texas in the 1850s showing the hotel and drug store where you could buy watches, jewelry, guns and ammo.

Cowboy Ropes Calf on PrairieCowboy Ropes Calf on Prairie

In 1935 a lone cowboy roped a calf on the open prairie near Marfa Texas for this picture postcard

Cowboy Camp Cook Cleaning UpCowboy Camp Cook Cleaning Up

A cowboy camp cook cleaning up after feeding the ranch cowboys near Marfa Texas in 1939

Cowboys Roping Horses in CorralCowboys Roping Horses in Corral

Two cowboys on foot roping horses inside a corral near Marfa Texas in 1930s

Bloys Cowboy Camp Meeting in 1890sBloys Cowboy Camp Meeting in 1890s

Rev. Dr. W. B. Bloys, a Presbyterian home missionary, arrived in Fort Davis in 1888 and made his rounds to cow camps and ranch homes. The Bloys Camp Meeting, the original Cowboy Camp Meeting was first held October 10, 1890 when a small group of cowboys and ranch families met . . . continue reading

Marfa Street Scene Panorama 1907-1917 (CR)Marfa Street Scene Panorama 1907-1917

Panoramic view of Downtown Marfa Texas in early 1900s

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Marfa Texas Downtown Parade in 1920sMarfa Texas Downtown Parade in 1920s

The parade in Marfa was quite a site to see in the 1920s. There's some very creative early floats on display.

Chuck and Bedroll Wagon Near Marfa in 1939Chuck and Bedroll Wagon Near Marfa

Two Cowboys ride a chuck and bedroll wagon near Marfa Texas in 1939

Cowboy eating dinner aftoer roundupCowboy Eating Dinner After Roundup 1939

A weary cowboy eats from pewter plate after the roundup of 1939 in Presidio County Texas

 

Chuck Wagon Passing Cars in Marfa in 1938

Amazing detail in this photo of a chuck wagon passing between two cars near Marfa Texas in 1938

Cowboy Sharpens Knife 1939Cowboy sharpening knife near Marfa Tx 1939

Presidio County Cowboy Sharpens his pocket knife in 1939 as he prepares to turn young bulls into steers

Presidio County cowboy tying up tarps 1939Presidio County cowboy tying up bedroll 1939

In this photo from 1939 a cowboy prepares to break camp by rolling up and tying the camp tarps.

Cowboys sitting on fence Marfa Tx 1939Cowboys sitting on fence Marfa Tx 1939

Five Cowboys on a ranch near Marfa Texas posed on a corral fence in 1939

Fighting fire at Busy Bee Store Marfa Tx 1920Fire in Downtown Marfa Texas in 1920

In 1920 a fire broke out at the Busy Bee Store in Marfa Texas. Citizens formed a bucket brigade on the roof of the real estate office next door while others watched and one early photographer caught the event in the incredible old photo.

 

Hotel Paisano Marfa Texas 1937Hotel Paisano Marfa Tx 1937

Early cars line the street in this photo of the Hotel Paisano from 1937. The Paisano opened in 1930 and may be best known as the location headquarters for the cast and crew of the film Giant . . . Read more

Tank wagon near Marfa 1939Tank Wagon Near Marfa 1939

A cowboy straddles the tank on a wagon pulled by two mules up an incline on a highway in Marfa in 1939. The tanker wagon has a utility wagon attached and is followed by another wagon.

Scenic View Presidio County in 1915Scenic View Presidio County Tx 1915

Two pack mules followed by two cowboys make their way up a steep incline in Presidio County in 1915.

 

Cowboy Reclines in Wagon on Highway to MarfaCowboy Reclines in Wagon on Highway to Marfa

In 1939 a cowboy reclined in his wagon on the  highway to Marfa Texas as two mules pull him to the top of the hill.

Walking X Ranch Owner in 1939

 

Walking X Ranch Headquarters 1939Walking X Ranch Headquarters 1939

 

Mexican cowboy on ranch near Marfa, Tx 1939Mexican cowboy on ranch near Marfa 1939

 

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Texas History by Category and Event

Books about Presidio County People and Places

Books about Presidio County PeopleBooks about Presidio County People and Places

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Texas Cowboy HistoryBooks about Texas People County by County
 

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