The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 84
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84 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
that animated the pioneers at Santa Rita, the Saint of the Im-
possible. As I said upon another occasion of Dad Joiner, I
may with equal truth say of Frank Pickrell and his comrades:
No chart of government pointed the way. No managed economy under-
wrote the risk. No authoritarian regulation measured the prospect. No
bureaucracy supplied the incentive, by mandate or bounty; and not even
contemporaneous geologic concept furnished the inspiration. The true
spirit of the pioneer, --the independent enterprise of a free American
citizen who still believed in and cherished the opportunities that America
affords; the same courage and self-reliance and indomitable will that
conquered the wilderness of earlier years, that peopled the plains and the
mountains beyond the far horizons for the beneficent uses of America
today, that still guide and animate and propel the sturdy, pioneering
Americans of this day, for whom the simple frontiers of our pioneer
fathers have been multiplied, many times over, in incalculable number,
variety and opportunity, resided in the spirit, and in the heart, and the
will of Frank Pickrell. Let us pray that these United States may throughout
the future, as in the past, nurture and preserve, and proudly cherish
the pioneer and let his courageous, undaunted, and unterrified spirit and
faith forever remain the heart and the core of free America.
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