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 County: Jeff Davis County, TX
 Collection: Marfa, Diversity in the Desert
[Photograph of a Dead Tree]
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." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39999/
Bloys Campmeet Pageant
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." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39998/
Bloys Campmeeting, 1980-1973
This pamphlet gives an overview of the origins of the Bloys Campmeetings as well as the services available at the 1973 service. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39978/
Bloys Campmeeting Association
This pamphlet gives an overview of the origins of the Bloys Campmeetings as well as the services available at the 1970 service. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39977/
G.F. Crosson in front of Goat Ranch Ruins
Photograph of G.F. Crosson in front of what is left of his parents' first adobe home at Goat Ranch, northeast of Fort Davis, Texas. His parents were George and Lizzie Crosson. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39815/
C.F. Crosson in front of the Catholic Church in Fort Davis
Photograph of G.F. Crosson, son of George Crosson, in front of the Catholic Church in Fort Davis that served as parents' home while they built a house, upon their arrival in Texas around 1878. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39814/
Lizzie Crossen
Photograph of Lizzie Crosson at age 80, in August 1924, seated out of doors near a picket fence under a tree. She wears a long dress and has her hair pulled up. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39817/
Mamie Crosson
Photograph made in 1898 in El Paso of Mamie Crosson wearing a fancy hat with flowers on it. She also wears glasses. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39819/
Lizzie Healy Crosson
Photograph made in new Orleans of Lizzie Healy Crosson in 1894. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39818/
[Family with a Wagon]
This photograph shows a family that appears to be getting ready to leave in a wagon. To the left, a man wearing a suit and hat is leaning down to pick up a young girl with curls wearing a plaid shirt and white dress. The woman directly to the right is wearing a white shirt with a dark skirt and bonnet and has her hands outstretched to push the girl forward; she has a white bonnet in her right hand. There are two young boys on the right, both wearing with shirts and dark slacks. There is a large duffel bag infront of the man and the little girl. The wagon has large wheels and a white cover over the top. There is something wooden sticking out the back with initials on it (they appear to be 'WTJ') and a lantern hanging off of it. Behind the wagon there is a large tree. It appears to be nighttime in the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39997/
Men at CCC Camp in Fort Davis
Photo of men at the CCC Service Camp at Fort Davis in 1933 during their time off from work. Marfa resident, Juan Jeso is circled in this photo. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39509/
Father Brocarduo
Photograph of Father Brocarduo from the mission in Fort Davis. He wears a long cassock and holds a little book. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87864/
The Economics of the Lumber Activity at Old Fort Davis from 1854-1884
Research paper written by Mac Morrow on July 13, 1972. The paper describes the the lumber activities in Fort Davis, Texas. It covers the history of Fort Davis, the climate of the area, the costs of obtaining lumber, sawmills nearby, and Indian attacks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87837/
[Camp Cabins]
This photograph shows a group of white buildings with trees amongst them. To the left, there is a low wall built of bricks and covered by a white roof of metal siding; behind, there is a tree and at least one other building. To the right, there is another building and tree, and, in the foreground, the patio of a third building which is otherwise not visible in the picture. The ground appears to be gravel with some yellow scrub. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present day cabins." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth89211/
[Overlooking Fort Davis #1]
This photograph is a scenic photo showing the landscape of Davis Mountain State Park. There are rocks and vegetation in the foreground and mountains in the distance. The inscription on the back of the photograph reads, "Overlooking Ft. Davis, Texas from same position at State Park." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40203/
[Look-out Tower at Fort Davis]
This color photograph has a stone building and surrounding rocks and plant life in the foreground and distant mountains and desert landscaping in the background. The inscription on the back of the photograph says: "Look out tower built by CCC boys at Ft. Davis on Scenic Loop at State Park." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40204/
Calf Slide - Nations Canyon - Davis Mts.
This photograph is of a small body of water surrounded by rock cliffs. In the center of the photo, trees and other brush are growing atop the rocks. At the bottom of the photograph, the writing "Calf Slide - Nations Canyon - Davis Mts. - #3. Frank Duncan (c) Marfa - Texas" has been added. On the back, there is a signature that appears say "Ben S. Arant". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40201/
Indian Lodge
This photograph has a large white building in adobe (pueblo) style architecture, centered within the scenery. There are trees and brush in the foreground, outside wire fencing which encloses the building, and hills in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40200/
[Overlooking Fort Davis #2]
This photograph is a scenic photo showing the landscape of Davis Mountain State Park. There are large rocks in the foreground and mountains in the distance. The inscription on the back of the photograph reads, "Overlooking Ft. Davis, Tex. from same position at State Park." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40202/
Fort Davis, Texas
This photograph has a handwritten label "Ft. Davis Tex" written across the top and shows several buildings in front of a rocky ridge. On the far left, there is a large white building and there at least five people standing on the porch and nearby. To the right, there is a dark building with something in front of it (possibly some barrels covered in a white cloth) and another white building back behind. To the right of the dark building, there are three lighter colored buildings that look nearly identical; they seem to be made of brick and have white roofs with white pillars across the fronts of their porches. The foreground is an open area covered in desert scrub. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40172/
Near Fort Davis, Texas
This photograph is a scenic picture on the front of a postcard. In the foreground, the sides of two mountains form a shallow valley and there are two mountain peaks visible in the distance. The mountains are covered in desert brush and vegetation. The note "Near Ft. Davis Tex" is handwritten near the bottom. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40191/
Fort Davis
This photograph shows Fort Davis at a distance with mountains in the background. In the foreground, there are cacti and two young boys sitting on a rock in the lower right hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40198/
The H. A. King Ranch
This photograph shows a group of trees in front of several mountains. There appear to be fence posts marking off an area to the right of the photograph. In the foreground there are rocks and ground covered in desert scrub. Handwritten notes on the back of the photograph read: "The H. A. King Ranch, Musquiz Canon, Jeff Davis County Tx, June 1929 by H. A. King" and "10 miles south of Fr. Davis. Build but [...] and then bought 1883 by Col. Grierson [?] who married Mrs. King (mother of H. A.) after first wife Alice died." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40165/
Indian Lodge - Davis Mountains State Park, Texas
This photograph shows the Indian Lodge on the slope of a mountain. The building is white and built in a Pueblo indian style. In the foreground, there are trees and a fence enclosing the area around the building. In the background, the slopes of two mountains (including the one that the building is on) are covered in desert trees and brush. A typed note on the back of the photograph says "Indian Lodge hotel in the Davis Mountains State Park" and also has a stamp with the name "Barry Scobee" and "Fort Davis, Texas." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40164/
Scene Near Fort Davis
In this photograph, there are at least three two-story buildings, presumably houses, in front of a rocky cliff. Two of the buildings have porches and appear to be built of brick. In the foreground, there is an unpaved road and a fence with a gate separating the road from the buildings. The area appears to be mostly dirt with some desert scrub. There is a mountain in the distance behind the farthest house. A handwritten note on the photograph says "scene near Ft Davis." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40181/
[Group of Seven Officers]
This photograph shows seven men, wearing what appear to be army uniforms, sitting on rocks surrounded by desert vegetation. The men have moustaches and are wearing dark jackets with stripes on the sleeves, light-colored pants, and hats with a dark bands. The man on the far right is Sergeant Forsythe, the Post Commissary Sergeant. Clockwise, the other men are a 1st Sergeant, a Corporal, another Sergeant, the Hospital Steward, the Quartermaster Sergeant, and another 1st Sergeant. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40187/
[Spectators at the Bloys Campmeeting]
In this photograph, a large audience is watching several people standing in the front of the photograph. In the foreground, the makeshift 'stage' has a podium made of crates, a long wooden bench and two chairs, as well as a blanket on the ground. There is a tree on the left. There are several people standing near the tree wearing old-fashioned clothes. A man standing to the right, directly in front of the audience, is wearing a dark suit. In the background there is a mountain and other trees. On the back of the photograph, there is a handwritten note: "Warren Bloys represents Rev. Bloys." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40004/
[Circle of Men Under a Tree]
In this photograph, a large group of men of all ages and wearing suits are sitting in a semicircle in the shade of a tree. There are three old-style cars - two to the far right and one behind the people. There is a man standing to the far left, holding a book and several other men standing near the cars. They are in a field covered in short grass. In the background, there are scattered trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Men's prayer tree." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40036/
[Tent Near a Hill]
This photograph shows a building and a large white tent at the base of a tall hill. To the far left, there is a small building behind the tent which has the sides rolled up and there is a very large lantern on a post outside the tent and trees to the right. In the background, there is a tall, rocky hill rising on the right side of the photograph and covered in brush. In the front, the ground is covered in short grass and there is a bush and a rock. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Gospel tent - adobe storehouse." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40022/
[Group of People on a Rock]
In this photograph, there is a group of people standing at the top of a rocky ridge. There are several gaps in the rock in the foreground and some brush growing between them part way up. The group of people consists of several children and many adults, most of whom appear to be dressed up and wearing hats. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Watching a baptism." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40006/
[Campground Cemetery]
This photograph shows a large headstone in an area surrounded by a white fence with a gate. The area is in the midst of a field covered in yellow brush. In the background, there are trees and mountains in the distance. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "John & Eva Means buried on camp ground." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40046/
[Campground Cemetery]
This photograph shows a large headstone in an area surrounded by a white fence with a gate. The area is in the midst of a field covered in yellow brush. In the background, there are trees and mountains in the distance. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "John & Eva Means buried on camp ground." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40061/
[Bloys Cabins]
This photograph shows a long, blue building with a porch in front of some low hills. On the left side of the photograph, there are two other blue buildings and a third on the far right, all only partially visible. In the foreground, the area appears to be covered in rocky gravel with scattered scrub; the hills are covered in small trees and bushes. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present cabins." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40057/
Mitchell Midley Cook Shed
This photograph shows several blue buildings including a ramada over an area with what may be long picnic tables. To the far left, there is a large pile of logs or brush in front of some trees. There is also a large tree in the middle of the photograph between the ramada (to the right) and a small building that apears to be a shed. In the foreground, the area appears to be bare ground. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph that says, "Mitchell Midley cook shed." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40044/
[Bloys Campground]
This photograph shows a large, open field filled with short grass. In the distance, there are trees and what appear to be buildings on the right, at the base of a hill. There are other mountains in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Bloys in 1907." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40010/
Skillman Grove
This photograph shows a large group of trees, identified by a handwritten note on the back as Skillman Grove. There are a number of blue buildings scattered among the trees. In the distance, the trees are surrounded by yellow brush and there are mountains back behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40045/
[Bloys Cabins]
This photograph shows a long, blue building with a porch in front of some low hills. On the left side of the photograph, there are two other blue buildings and a third on the far right, all only partially visible. In the foreground, the area appears to be covered in rocky gravel with scattered scrub; the hills are covered in small trees and bushes. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present cabins." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40047/
[Camp Chapel]
This photograph shows a long, blue building that is closed on the right end, but open to the left with the roof held up by poles. In front of the building, there is a large, bare tree bent over to the ground. There are green trees behind the building to the far left and some hills in the distance in the right side of the photograph. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Chapel in the rocks." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40058/
[People Sitting on Rocks]
This photograph shows a large group of people sitting among boulders on the slope of a hill. There are bushes and scrub growing among the rocks and trees growing at the top of the hill. The people are all dressed up; the women are wearing dresses and decorated hats, the men are wearing suits with bowties and cowboy hats. The people are of various ages, including several children. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Watching a baptizing." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40003/
[People Near a Tent]
In this photograph, there is an older woman and a little boy standing in front of a tent. In the foreground, there is the back of what appears to be a covered wagon to the left and a tree to the right. The tree has a bucket suspended near the branches and several objects piled around the base including a group of lanterns. Behind the tree, there is a white tent with a flap pulled back and a chair visible inside. The people are standing near the opening of the tent. the woman is wearing a long black dress with a white ruffle at the collar and a black hat. The little boy is wearing a light-colored suit and tall black boots. There is a hill in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Occupants of a tent. Sleeping quarters in a hack." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40007/
[Camp Cabins]
This photograph shows a group of white buildings with trees amongst them. To the left, there is a low wall built of bricks and covered by a white roof of metal siding; behind, there is a tree and at least one other building. To the right, there is another building and tree, and, in the foreground, the patio of a third building which is otherwise not visible in the picture. The ground appears to be gravel with some yellow scrub. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present day cabins." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40041/
[Photograph of a wooden cross]
This photograph shows a wooden cross with stones around the base, on a hill overlooking the campgrounds. In the foreground, the area is rocky, with several large boulders directly behind the cross and there is some tall grass in the front. Behind the cross, there is a large group of treee with a blue buildings scattered throughout. In the distance, there is an open field filled with yellow grass and some other trees and buildings to the right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40039/
Camper Going Home
Early-day campers leaving the Bloys' Camp Grounds after a meaningful week of worship. One man is driving a wagon pulled by mules, he wears a tall hat. Buildings stand behind the scene. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40065/
[Campers in a Field]
This photograph shows a very large group of people standing together in a line, with two smaller groups sitting on the ground in front of them. The closest group appears to be four men in dark suits. They are too far away to make out much detail, but several of the people seem to be holding up dark-colored umbrellas. The foreground shows that the area is a large open field covered in short grass and brush. In the background, there are trees, white tents, and various other items as well as mountains behind them. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "All campers on the ground, about 1900." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40019/
[Group of People at Bloys Campground]
This photograph shows a large group of people, of all ages, in a semi-circle. On the far left, there is a covered wagon and a large tree behind it. Two men are standing next to the wagon; to the right, there are women sitting on chairs and other people standing behind them, as well as a group so people sitting on the ground in front of them. Farther right, there are several white tents and some trees visible above them. To the far right, there is an old-style automobile in the front of the photograph. In the foreground, the area seems to be a field, covered in short grass, and there are several bundles that appear to be rolled-up tents lying on the ground. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Crowd at Bloys. Auto at right has wooden wheels like those on buggies." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40027/
[Cowboys with Lassos]
In this photograph, two young men dressed as cowboys (hats and chaps with tassels) are twirling ropes as lassos. The one on the left is George Edwards and the one on the right is Otis Grubb. Behind them there is a building with a long brick fence around it and there are other buildings farther off to the left. In the background, there is a rocky ridge covered in desert brush and the foreground where the men are standing appears to be bare ground. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Nothing else to do, but know how to work the ropes." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40171/
[Woman on a Rock in Davis Mountain State Park]
This photograph focuses primarily on several large rocks. There is a woman, dressed casually, sitting atop the rock at the front of the photograph. In the distance, there is a desert landscape with scrub and other rocks. At the bottom of the photograph, there is a handwritten label: "Davis Mtn's State Park." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40199/
[Cavalry]
This photograph is of a group of cavalrymen out on drill. There are many soldiers, ranged on the slope of a mountain and wearing dark uniforms and hats. Several of the men are standing with horses in the back or to the side. Two of the men have pins on their collars, showing that they are marksmen. Behind the men, there are rocks and desert plants. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40185/
[Row of Houses]
This photograph shows a row of 13 nearly identical houses. Each house is brick and has a white front with a short flight of stairs from the ground to a porch surrounded by white pillars. There appear to be other buildings behind the initial row. In the foreground, the ground is bare and there are several mounds of dirt. In the background, there are hills covered in desert brush. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40195/
[Byrd Orchard]
This photograph shows a scenic view of the Byrd orchard. In the foreground, there are two fenced-in fields, the corner of one holds several grazing animals. Along the edge of the fence there are trees and what appears to be an irrigation ditch separating those fields from another field and the orchards. On the right of the photograph, there are several buildings, partially obscured by trees. To the left, there appears to be a slope coveered in desert trees and scrub and there are mountains in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40180/
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