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 County: Presidio County, TX
 Decade: 1960-1969
 Collection: Marfa, Diversity in the Desert
[Additional ruins of Presidio structure]

[Additional ruins of Presidio structure]

Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Description: Photograph of Fort Leaton ruins in the Big Bend desert, near Presidio, Texas. Several wood support beams of varying lengths support the wall structure. A stone marker near the photograph's left quadrant describes the structure. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The mission was successful, and Christianized many of the tribes until the Padres were called back from this wilderness in the eighteenth century" (pp. 3-4).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Adobes

Adobes

Date: December 2, 1968
Creator: Cobos, Sammy
Description: Research paper written by Sammy Cobos about the construction of adobe buildings. Several examples of adobe buildings from Marfa and Ruidosa are explained. This paper was written for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Airplanes

Airplanes

Date: 1968
Creator: Orozco, Cecilia
Description: Research paper written by Cecilia Orozco about the 1st Aero Squadron, the first aviation unit used in active field service in the history of the United States Army. With the paper are two letters from Stacy C. Hinkle, which were used to write the paper. This paper was written for a history class at Marfa High School.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[American and Texas flags]

[American and Texas flags]

Date: 1969
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a flagpole, viewed from the ground looking up with an American flag at the top and a Texas state flag below. A cloudy sky is visible above the pole. The image accompanied the conclusion of a written speech, with the caption: "To those who would protest the American life of challenge and accomplishment, I would remind them, our land has never been easy. [...] The land is rich, not only in landscape, but also in the heritage of those who have tried to tame it. This is My Land, My Heritage, My Hope" (p. 14)
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
American History Project

American History Project

Date: c. 1967
Creator: Vasquez, Olga
Description: This is a paper describing the people who lived in Casa Piedra (otherwise known as La Punta del Agua).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Anne Jordan Childers

Anne Jordan Childers

Date: December 21, 1967
Creator: Browne, Joe
Description: This is a paper describing Anne Jordan Childers
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Barren Big Bend desert landscape]

[Barren Big Bend desert landscape]

Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Description: Pphotograph of a barren Big Bend crater. Several edges of the crater contain sparse tufts of grasslands and a mountain range is visible in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "These Indians were primarily farmers, whose fields lined the banks of the now dry rivers and creeks. The sites of the Jumano pueblos are still a source of artifacts" (p. 3).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Barren landscape with small mountains in Big Bend]

[Barren landscape with small mountains in Big Bend]

Date: 1969
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a grassy, barren Big Bend landscape, with mountains in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The chief engineer gave the honor of naming the newly-created water store to his wife, who was reading a Russian novel" (p. 6).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza]

[Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza]

Date: 1969
Creator: unknown
Description: Portrait of Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza posing together. Juana is wearing a dark-colored dress and is seated in a wooden chair; Leaton is wearing a dark colored suit, standing to her left, with one hand on her arm. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "An exploratory group headed by John W. Spencer met in Chihuahua and came into the Big Bend" (p. 4).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Big Bend cave painting]

[Big Bend cave painting]

Date: 1969
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a Big Bend cave painting that includes a picture of a cave buffalo in the upper-left quadrant, a small picture of a buffalo in the upper-right quadrant, and a picture of a caveman in the lower-left corner of the photograph. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The climate changed, and food shortages caused the Jumanos to become buffalo hunters, as evidenced by this cave painting" (p. 3).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
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