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TEXIAN STOMPING GROUNDS
At La Parida, a few miles to the north, is an abandoned ranch.
About the year 1902, two Americans came out past the ranch
just north of Buena Vista with a map. They asked numerous
questions and went rolling on their way. A few days later they
returned and passed out of the country as they had come.
The owner of the ranch was curious about them and followed
the buggy tracks. They led him to the abandoned ranch house
at La Parida. About three feet east of the doorway there had
been for many years a large flat boulder lying on a hewn-off
mesquite stump. At the edge of this boulder was a deep hole.
Lying on the upturned earth nearby was a large box made of the
heartwood of mesquite. And in the dust at the bottom of the
box were still the round marks of coins. So the treasure had
In the early days of Buena Vista Ranch there were few cattle.
All of the ranchmen kept herds of sheep guarded by pastores.
The grass was lush, the range was unfenced and there was a
good market for the wool. Shearing was done twice a year, in
April and in September. Itinerant sheep-shearers came to each
ranch in turn, bringing their own entourage, including a sturdy
woman cook, whom they always called "Madre."
It was amusing to hear them at meal time calling out,
"Madre"-this, and "Madre"-that, to the bustling woman who at-
tended to their wants.
The ranchmen marveled at their skill and at their attention
to their work. There was no siesta in the heat of the day; there
was no stop for merienda in the afternoon. Furthermore, their
dexterity with the flying shears was a thing to watch with awe.
A good workman would shear a hundred sheep a day. When
twenty such men were at work in the sheep-shearing sheds, the
bleating of the sheep, the snipping of the shears, the joking
voices of the workers, and the warning cry of "Golpe," as a
sheared sheep was released to go bounding out of the shed,
blended to make an uproar foreign to the usual somnolent scene.
This cry of "Golpe" was a signal given by a shearer when he
finished shearing a sheep and let it loose. It was a warning to
Here’s what’s next.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/84/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.