Crossing Rio Pecos

Crossing Rio Pecos

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The Pecos River flows snake-like out of New Mexico and across West Texas before striking the Rio Grande. In frontier Texas, the Pecos was more moat than rivera€”a deadly barrier of quicksand, treacherous currents, and impossibly steep banks. Only at its crossings, with legendary names such as Horsehead and Pontoon, could travelers hope to gain passage. Even if the river proved obliging, Indian raiders and outlaws often did not. Long after irrigation and dams rendered the river a polluted trickle, Patrick Dearen went seeking out the crossings and the stories behind them. In Crossing Rio Pecosa€”a follow-up to his Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontiera€”he draws upon years of research to relate the history and folklore of all the crossingsa€”Horsehead, Pontoon, Popea€™s, Emigrant, Salt, Spanish Dam, Adobe, a€œS, a€ and Lancaster. Meticulously documented, Crossing Rio Pecos emerges as the definitive study of these gateways which were so vital to the opening of the western frontier.[with] a team of mares . . . two or three times about 1925 . . . , a€ recalled Paul Patterson in 1993. a€œThe banks ... Upon acquiring a Model T Ford truck later in the 1920s, Patterson sometimes hauled wool, mohair, or cottonseed cake across the ford.

Title:Crossing Rio Pecos
Author:Patrick Dearen
Publisher:Texas A&M University Press - 2012-09-03


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