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
The Gospel West of the Pecos

The Gospel West of the Pecos

Date: 1971
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a research paper written by Janet Edwards for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1971. The report covers the history of the Bloys Camp Meetings in west Texas held by Rev. William Benjamin Bloys beginning in the summer of 1890. It describes the camp grounds, the groups that met each summer, and improvements through the years.
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Officers' Quarters at Camp Holland, Texas

Officers' Quarters at Camp Holland, Texas

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of officers' houses at Camp Holland in the Rimrock mountains 12 miles west of Valentine, Texas. Window panes, heating apparatus, all furnishings have long been gone. The water supply came from a great flowing spring in the deep canyon on the right. The supposed massacre occurred a quarter of a mile to the left of the buildings. This photo was included in a research paper by William Kim Thornsburg in an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966.
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[Mineral Wells, Texas 1881]

[Mineral Wells, Texas 1881]

Date: 1991
Creator: James Bevan
Description: This is a photograph of Mineral Wells, Texas, taken in 1881. (Please observe that the picture carries a copyright by A. F. Weaver.) It is the earliest picture of Mineral Wells available. It was mailed to A.F. Weaver by a woman in Colorado, who found it in her great-grandfather's (James Bevan) belongings, in 2004. The late relative was a world traveler, and spent only a short time in Mineral Wells. The photograph was obtained too late to be included in the last edition (the mini edition) of TIME WAS... James Alvis Lynch and his family arrived in Millsap Valley December 24, 1877. He dug a well to 41 feet in 1878, but it was dry. He contracted to have another well drilled in 1880, and it encountered mineral water. The water acquired renown for its medicinal quality. It fetched health-seekers to what would later be Mineral Wells by the thousands. Lynch laid out the city of Mineral Wells on his 80-acre farm in 1881. The unidentified lines of white objects in the upper background are a mystery, but are probably tents. H.M. Berry, an early resident, and Mineral Wells' first school teacher, wrote in 1921, " . . .by the ...
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West Texas Picnic

West Texas Picnic

Date: 1899
Creator: unknown
Description: Written on the back of the photo, "A pioneer West Texas picnic party, Misses Mary, Annie and Lelia Smith, and George Mayes eating watermelon which washed down the Blanco Canyon during a flood in 1899."
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Unidentified woman standing on a hill

Unidentified woman standing on a hill

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: An unknown woman stands on a hill with a mountain landscape as the background.
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Marie Burkhalter sitting on a stone wall

Marie Burkhalter sitting on a stone wall

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Marie Burkhalter sits on a stone wall next to a pillar and the mountains as a background.
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Marie Burkhalter stands on the top of a hill next to a road

Marie Burkhalter stands on the top of a hill next to a road

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Marie Burkhalter stands on the top of a hill next to a road. Behind her is a wide landscape with mountains and fields.
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An unidentified woman sitting on a stone wall

An unidentified woman sitting on a stone wall

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: An unidentified woman sits on a stone wall with mountains as her backdrop.
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Mineral Wells School Texas  (Architectural Drawing?)

Mineral Wells School Texas (Architectural Drawing?)

Date: 1902?
Creator: unknown
Description: This clipping had been mounted in a scrapbook, and the legible portion of the caption says, "Mineral Wells School, Texas." It appears to be a reproduction of a greatly reduced architectural drawing. The building pictured here has been shown to be the Mineral Wells College, under the direction of Professor John McCracken. An edition of the "Weatherford Democrat" of September 12, 1895 reports that the school has had "...six years of phenomenal success, and now finds larger quarters necessary. The beautiful building soon to adorn the campus will be a testimonial from the people as to the excellent work accomplished by Prof. McCracken and his competent faculty, as well as a guarantee to prospectors that their children will be as thoroughly instructed as in larger cities." Although the school touts itself as a "College", the modern reader is more likely to regard it as a private boarding school. The advertisement in the "Weatherford Democrat" shows the building, here, which may be the same picture. Its caption announces that the Mineral Wells College offers "Classical, Scientific, English, Music, Elocution, and Art Courses." Board is given (in 1895) at "$10.00 per month"; Tuition is listed as "$1,60 to $4.10." The modern reader ...
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