[Map of Trading Posts in Big Bend, Texas 1916-1930]

Description:

Reproduction of a hand-drawn map showing trading posts on the Rio Grande River from El Paso to Eagle Pass, Texas. It includes two lists: "Trading Posts on the Texas Side of the Big Bend in 1916-30" and "Settlements in the Juarez Area." It also has notes near the bottom of the map that say "The trade area was an 80 mile radius from the Rio Grande. Several days travel by burro or horse. Most towns or villages shown were in the news during the border trouble days" and "Most of this part of Mexico and the Big Bend Country is rough mountains.

Creator(s): Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981
Location(s):
Creation Date: Unknown
Partner(s):
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
Collection(s):
Rescuing Texas History, 2006
Usage:
Total Uses: 178
Past 30 days: 0
Yesterday: 0
Creator (Cartographer):
Date(s):
  • Digitized: April 10, 2006
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas
Place
Mexico
Boundaries
N:32.091262, E:-100.02301, S: 28.35934, W:-106.886719
Era
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
From 1916 to 1930
Description:

Reproduction of a hand-drawn map showing trading posts on the Rio Grande River from El Paso to Eagle Pass, Texas. It includes two lists: "Trading Posts on the Texas Side of the Big Bend in 1916-30" and "Settlements in the Juarez Area." It also has notes near the bottom of the map that say "The trade area was an 80 mile radius from the Rio Grande. Several days travel by burro or horse. Most towns or villages shown were in the news during the border trouble days" and "Most of this part of Mexico and the Big Bend Country is rough mountains.

Note:

Additional biographical notes about the cartographer: 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.

Physical Description:

1 map ; 28 x 35 cm.

Language(s):
Subject(s):
Keyword(s): Big Bend | trading posts
Added Title: Trading posts on the Texas side of the Big Bend in 1916-1930. Map
Partner:
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)
Collection:
Rescuing Texas History, 2006
Identifier:
  • CALL-NO: M 912.72(12)
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth11953
Resource Type: Map
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public
Boundaries
N:32.091262, E:-100.02301, S:28.35934, W:-106.886719
[Map of Trading Posts in Big Bend, Texas 1916-1930]

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