The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 88
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development was one of the highlights of the program. Dr.
Eugene C. Barker spoke as the representative of the Association,
making a talk which impressed all present with the necessity
for having more history in business. The text of Dr. Barker's
and of Mr. Hill's addresses are carried as separate articles in
this issue of the Quarterly.
Some three years or more ago the Santa Rita derrick was
transported from Texon to the campus of the University. It
was first expected that the derrick would be re-erected in the
mall between two engineering buildings then being constructed.
Later, plans appear to have been changed and the 'regents seem
not to have made a designation for a new spot upon which the
derrick is to be erected. It is hoped, however, that this can be
accomplished quite soon. The University of Texas could not
do anything more proper in expressing its appreciation of the
contribution Santa Rita has made to the life and material re-
sources of the University.
It was most fortunate for me to be called to the Rio Grande
Valley in the latter part of May, for I was able to make a re-
acquaintance with a section of Texas which previously I had
encountered in only the briefest and most superficial manner.
The Valley is frequently referred to as the Magic Valley, and
it is just that. It is a section apart, and yet it is Texas and
deserves to be understood and appreciated by all Texans. When
I first crossed the Nueces, the thought which was uppermost
in my mind was that I was entering the birthplace of the cattle
kingdom, for it was between the Nueces and the Rio Grande
that the method of handling cattle on horseback developed, was
institutionalized, and from there spread to the rest of Texas and
eventually to the western half of America. That was approxi-
mately a century ago, but on the upper levels of the Valley the
Longhorn has been replaced by the sacred white cows of India-
not so sacred now in the Valley - but entirely functional. But the
Brahmas do in general seem to have preserved something of
their heritage, because they have a sort of philosophical aloofness
as they graze alongside the Herefords or the Santa Gertrudis
cattle - descendants of old Monkey.
Getting into the Valley proper one leaves the remnants of
the cattle kingdom and goes into an entirely new world, where
Here’s what’s next.
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