U. S. Cavalry detachments and bases of army pilots on or near the U.S.-Mexico border, 1918-1919. Map

Description:

Identifies towns where Cavalry units were stationed on the border from El Paso to Del Rio in 1918 and 1919. An inset shows locations of the three U. S. Military District headquarters (Rockwell Field, CA; Fort Bliss, TX; and Kelly Field, TX) for the pilots patrolling the border from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico.

Creator(s): Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981.
Creation Date: 1918/1919  
Partner(s):
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
Collection(s):
Rescuing Texas History, 2006
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Creator (Cartographer):
Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981.

W. D. Smithers, born in Mexico in 1895, was a photographer, amateur historian and botanist, and free-lance journalist of the Big Bend area of Texas. Between 1914 and 1919, he served with the U. S. Army in the Big Bend, first as a civilian muleteer, then as a wagon master. He later was an aerial photographer of the area and in the 1930s photographed the entire U. S. border with Mexico for the International Boundary and Water Commission. From 1936 to 1974, he operated a photography shop in Alpine, Texas, where he became known for lamp shades made of photographs. He recorded life along the Mexican border between 1914 and 1974 in maps, pictures, and a memoir, Chronicles of the Big Bend.

Date(s):
  • Creation: 1918/1919
  • Digitized: April 10, 2006
Coverage:
Era
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
From 1918 to 1919
Description:

Identifies towns where Cavalry units were stationed on the border from El Paso to Del Rio in 1918 and 1919. An inset shows locations of the three U. S. Military District headquarters (Rockwell Field, CA; Fort Bliss, TX; and Kelly Field, TX) for the pilots patrolling the border from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico.

Physical Description:

Black and white photographic reproduction of a hand drawn map 28 x 35 cm.

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Partner:
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
Collection:
Rescuing Texas History, 2006
Identifier:
  • CALL-NO: M 912.78 (8)
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth11945
Resource Type: Artwork
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public
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