The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 517
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The Life and Times of Minera, Texas
As far as the poor battle-weary culprits were concerned,
"Weelie" Roy might have been the President of the United
States. They all surrendered with meek respect, and about
twenty of them were herded off to the city jail. The United
States Marshal from the county seat was summoned and took
the Mexican patriots to Laredo. What became of them is some-
thing of a mystery, but the general suspicion is that the next
time the town of Colombia changed hands, several of these same-
Maderistas made the run toward the Rio, this time behind and
not in front of the bayonets, and that on this occasion no one
was rescued on the American side.
About 1912 floodwaters from the Rio Grande inundated the
mines and made further operations there impossible. Another
shaft was sunk farther inland, and the village of Santo T6mas
came into existence, to be moved still farther inland to Dolores,
with the opening of additional shafts. The miners left Minera
to follow the new workings, and their adobe and grass-brick
houses soon melted into the earth from which they had arisen.
The superintendent's house also was deserted to the elements,
and the general store was dismantled for transfer to new fields.
Santo T6mas had but a brief existence, and Dolores became a
plantation of truck-gardens for, although the land still holds
good bituminous coal, no one in Texas apparently has any fur-
ther use for it. In fact, few are those who even know what the
word "Minera" means. In 1945, in the midst of mesquite brush
and chaparral, the old stone walls of the superintendent's house
furnish a shelter to countless bats who squeak in horror at the
rare intrusion of human life in their domain. The well-pre-
served cement floors are barely discernible beneath the blown
dry earth that is gradually covering them over, and in another
generation there probably will be no witness remaining who
remembers the gayety and excitement that once was Minera,
Texas, during the birth of the century on Texas' border.
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