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[Photograph of a Dead Tree]

[Photograph of a Dead Tree]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph is focused on the remains of a dead tree, still standing, in a field of dry brush. To the left is shorter tree. In the background there is a small building to the left and a telephone pole; to the right, there are more trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Original prayer tree died from unknown causes."
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Indian Implements

Indian Implements

Date: November 28, 1967
Creator: Cortez, Leticia
Description: This is a research paper written by Leticia Cortez for an American History Class at Marfa High School on November 28, 1967. In the paper she describes the [Native American] Indian utensils and implements found in their households and the various uses of these items.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Former Teacher Marks 16th Year as Paisano Secretary

Former Teacher Marks 16th Year as Paisano Secretary

Date: July 26, 1952
Creator: McKenzie, Patty
Description: This article gives a brief biography of Jesse Blackwell, written when he was 81. It tells about his family, career as a techer, and his involvement with the Baptist church. The citation at the beginning says "Copy of article taken from the Saturday, July 26, 1952 El Paso Times by Patty McKenzie, Times Correspondent."
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
One Wrong Cut

One Wrong Cut

Date: December 1976
Creator: Polson, Rink
Description: This report relates an anecdote about Edward "Speck" Bogel, the son of a rancher in Marfa, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Photo Postcard of Santa Helena Canyon, Texas

Photo Postcard of Santa Helena Canyon, Texas

Date: 1936
Creator: unknown
Description: Photographic postcard depicting the Grand Canyon of Texas, Santa Elena Canyon with the Rio Grande River running through it. One side is Texas and the other is Mexico. This photo was included in a research paper by Sammy Barnett for an American History class at Marfa High School in May 1964.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Handwritten History of First School

Handwritten History of First School

Date: c. 1940
Creator: unknown
Description: handwritten page by Mr. Blackwell describing the history of Blackwell Jr. High, probably in 1940 at the dedication of the new wing on the school.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Bloys Campmeet Pageant

Bloys Campmeet Pageant

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This photograph shows a large group of people standing in a semi-circle under a tree. The people are all dressed up in fancy clothing or pioneer-style clothing. In the back, there are ten women and one man of various ages, but all relatively young, as well as five young children in the front. It appears to be nighttime. There are several handwritten notes on the back. The first notes give these names: "1. Jean Shannon," "4. Sue Johnson," "5. Chere Livingston," "6. Lois Burns," "10. Sargie Ruth Jones." Additionally, there are notes that say, "Re-enactment" and "Bloys Campmeet Pageant."
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Some Early Activities of Americans in the Big Bend Area of Texas

Some Early Activities of Americans in the Big Bend Area of Texas

Date: May 2, 1964
Creator: Barnett, Sammy
Description: This is a research paper written by Sammy Barnett for an American History Class at Marfa High School on May 2, 1964. It describes the early settlers in West Texas, how they arrived and the hardships they faced.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Bloys Campmeeting, 1980-1973

Bloys Campmeeting, 1980-1973

Date: 1973
Creator: Bloys Campmeeting Association
Description: This pamphlet gives an overview of the origins of the Bloys Campmeetings as well as the services available at the 1973 service.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
The Indian Mummy

The Indian Mummy

Date: 1967
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a research paper for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1967. It describes the discovery of two mummified Indian babies from 1200 or earlier, found near Pinto Canyon in 1952. It describes how they were preserved. One was sent to the Smithsonian Institute and the other was on display at a local motel. The paper also mentions other artifacts found in the cave.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
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