Overland troop movements, 1916-1935. Map

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Map of Texas/Mexico border showing line of forts from El Paso to Brownsville. Includes chart of mileages between Texas forts, listing of old forts in Texas still active in 1935, information about cavalry speeds and auxiliary units, and inset of U.S./Mexico border showing line of forts from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Black and white photographic reproduction of hand drawn map 28x35 cm.

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Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981. Creation Date: Unknown.

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  • Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981. W. D. Smithers, born in Mexico in 1895, was a photographer, amateur historian and botanist, and free-lance journalist of the Big Bend area of Texas. Between 1914 and 1919, he served with the U. S. Army in the Big Bend, first as a civilian muleteer, then as a wagon master. He later was an aerial photographer of the area and in the 1930s photographed the entire U. S. border with Mexico for the International Boundary and Water Commission. From 1936 to 1974, he operated a photography shop in Alpine, Texas, where he became known for lamp shades made of photographs. He recorded life along the Mexican border between 1914 and 1974 in maps, pictures, and a memoir, Chronicles of the Big Bend.

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Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend)

The Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University contribute materials by W.D. Smithers, a photographer, map maker, news correspondent, author, and naturalist who came to the Big Bend area with the U.S. Army in 1915. Smither's illustrations richly document the border activities of the military from 1916-1935. Details featured include the cavalry, pack mules, horses, equipment, insignias, overland routes of the troops, and the border air patrol.

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Map of Texas/Mexico border showing line of forts from El Paso to Brownsville. Includes chart of mileages between Texas forts, listing of old forts in Texas still active in 1935, information about cavalry speeds and auxiliary units, and inset of U.S./Mexico border showing line of forts from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Black and white photographic reproduction of hand drawn map 28x35 cm.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2006

Rescuing Texas History through the Digitization of At-risk Photographs and Maps, 2006, presents local history materials from eleven partners: the Clay County Historical Society, Genevieve Miller Public Library, the Palestine Public Library, the Laredo Public Library, the Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, the Moore Memorial Public Library, UT Pan-American, the Clark Hotel Museum, the Austin Public Library, and Concordia University at Austin. Funding is provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

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  • 1916 - 1935

Added to The Portal to Texas History

  • April 17, 2006, 12:44 a.m.

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  • May 14, 2007, 12:40 p.m.

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Smithers, W. D. (Wilfred Dudley), 1895-1981. Overland troop movements, 1916-1935. Map, map, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11944/: accessed September 25, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library (Archives of the Big Bend).