The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 141
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his young bride and their eighteen-month-old child to the home-
In those days the Big Bend was untamed, unspoiled, and un-
developed. Yet it was beautiful, and best of all it was there that
the homesteader regained his health. In the little less than ten
years that they lived on the homestead at Hot Springs, along the
Rio Grande, with the assistance of friendly and faithful Mexican
squatters, they developed the land; a home was constructed of
stone and adobe; the Hot Springs were made available to the pub-
lic for the economic benefit of the homesteader; and many native
plants were made to serve useful purposes. In the home additional
children were born without benefit of a doctor; many dangers
from rattlesnakes and other wild animals and from Mexican
bandits were endured. But many happy years were spent in this
land of manana where the sun shines most of the time and
where life moves slowly and one has the time to give thought
to the little things and is not bothered by the rush of machines.
In time, however, the Mexican Revolution provoked raids along
the Rio Grande, and the healthy homesteader, with much regret,
deemed it wise to remove his family to the safety of a settled
center and to a place where his growing children might have the
advantage of formal schooling. Fourteen years after this forced
withdrawal, the homesteader returned to find the Big Bend no
longer the same. High prices for cattle had started a trend in land
waste which, within twenty years, reduced much of the Big Bend
from vast regions of grasslands to waste lands of waterless creeks
and much bare and rain-eroded ground.
The Big Bend has indeed changed a great deal during the
time since Langford first settled on his claim. Nevertheless it still
has the same vast distances, the same delightful skylines, the
grandeur of the mountains, the stillness of the summer nights,
and the many other characteristics which caused Langford and his
family to become attached to the region. Casa Grande in the
moonlight, the Del Carmen mountains at sunset, the rhythmical
noises of the night, and many other things which were experi-
enced by the homesteader, and which Fred Gipson has helped
him to reproduce so effectively, may become almost as real to
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