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Fiesta time on the plazas was a lively affair. Built
around a large central building and patio, the plaza
offered a setting adaptable to the Mexican baile,
or dance. The affairs were well-attended by all the
families - the Romeros, the Trujillos, the Garcias,
the Siernas, the Montoyas, the Sandovals and others
- as well as by cowboys and hunters. Dances lasted
all night, and no one was in a hurry to leave.
The Spanish and Mexican girls were a real attrac-
tion to the cowboys. Jose Romero's sister, Piedad,
was the belle of the plazas, and she and the neigh-
boring girls donned their most festive dresses for the
baile. Many romances growing out of acquaintances
made at the plaza parties resulted in Anglo-Mexican
unions. Music at the baile was by guitar and fiddle,
the dancers stepping to the Mexican quadrille
(dancing to Latin rhythms), the American quadrille
(promenading and swinging to calls) and lilting
waltzes. Wind-bitten hombres rode their horses
many miles when news of an upcoming baile spread
through the valley. They eagerly anticipated dancing
with the senoritas, drinking the Mexicans' liquor
and feasting on their spicy food..
Although some of the Mexican families at Tascosa
had trouble with a few drunken cowboys, Casimiro
Romero went undisturbed about his business, re-
spected by all. At the height of his sheep enterprise
at Tascosa, Romero ran about 6,000 head, but lost
half of these in a blizzard early in the 1880s. He also
had a few brood mares and raised horses, besides a Above: A "baile" at one of the plazas was attended by
small number of cattle. everyone for many miles around. The dancing usually
During Romero's first y ear on the Canadian, 1876- lasted all night.
1877, the Indians wandered down the river from
their reservation in New Mexico and traded with him.
Some of the Mexicans in the Panhandle had traded
with the Indians before leaving New Mexico, as an
extension of their Comanchero business. Below: Sandoval plaza ruins taken by Floyd Studer in 1930s.
Adobe structure ruins were still in evidence, but the adobe has
long-since crumbled away and only rock walls remain.
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Plazas On the Canadian
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Robertson, Pauline Durrett & Robertson, R. L. Panhandle Pilgrimage: Illustrated Tales Tracing History in the Texas Panhandle, book, 1978; Amarillo, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth225495/m1/155/: accessed June 17, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Canyon Area Library.