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.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
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.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Men on a Trail]

[Men on a Trail]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This picture is taken from one of 17 negatives that were found in an envelope from Charles W. Simonds (Route 5, Box 43, Norman, Oklahoma, 73069), postmarked "Aug 4, 1975", and addressed to A.F. Weaver Photography. Also on the envelope were some telephone numbers, and the remark "Father - C.W. Simonds (Clarence Winfield.) The picture appears to have been taken atop "Welcome" Mountain (East Mountain) in Mineral wells. The structure at the top of the Mountain could be an observation tower that is known to have been erected at this location.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
[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 ...
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
Vivian Osio

Vivian Osio

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Vivian Osio stands next to an unknown man on a mountain top with a landscape of mountains behind them.
Contributing Partner: Rose Marine Theatre
A mountain on the scenic loop, Jeff Davis County

A mountain on the scenic loop, Jeff Davis County

Date: August 5, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: A mountain on the scenic loop, Jeff Davis County
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
A mountain on the scenic loop, Jeff Davis County

A mountain on the scenic loop, Jeff Davis County

Date: August 5, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: A mountain on the scenic loop, Jeff Davis County
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
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."
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library
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.
Contributing Partner: Rose Marine Theatre
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