Texas Heritage, Volume 18, Number 3, Summer 2000 Page: 15
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storing the property to its original condition.
Local workers labored in the West _
Texas sun to fashion the adobe bricks that
were used in the restoration. More than 75 , I=
miles of roadway were added to increase access
to remote areas of the property, and sev-
eral miles of irrigation channels were reconstructed.
Rebuilt stone fences, along with
40 miles of wire fence, helped contain the i
herd of primitive longhorn, lineal descendants
of the kind that Faver himself raised,
and Poindexter returned to the ranch.
But it is the restorations of the ranch
buildings that garnered the most appreciation
from visitors and preservationists. In
addition to the adobe walls, all modern
conveniences such as electricity and
plumbing were concealed from view, and
the ceilings were rebuilt with exposed
beams, or vigas. Porch roofs were made
from hand-tied ocotillo, a desert plant, and
the furnishings that were selected were all
Spanish and American period antiques.
Realizing the great pleasure that he
could derive by sharing this special piece
of Texas history with others, Poindexter
decided to open Cibolo Creek as a resort
ranch; visitors are housed in the original
buildings and in a newly-constructed 12bedroom
hacienda that was designed to
blend with the other ranch structures. Because
Cibolo Creek is a working ranch and
business, in addition to being the home of
John Poindexter, it is not open to the public.
Special arrangements must be made to
enter the property, though Poindexter
pointed out that future plans call for expansion
and meal specials that will be available
to the public.
Top image: Photographs such as this one of
the El Fortin del Cibolo east facade, circa
H~I ~S ~TO ~ RY~ V 1880, were used during the restoration of the
ranch. Note the substantial degradation of the
structure. Faver and a laborer are pictured in
the foreground of the image. Source: Dr.
Henry Daly Jr. Bottom: The east facade is
shown in its restored state in 1993. The
cottonwoods are replanted in the same
locations in front of the fort as in the 19thcentury
image. Poindexter wonders if the old
leafy elderberry tree in the foreground of the
image might be the mature version or the
offspring of the shrub near the main gateway
in the 1880 photograph.
HERITAGE * 15 * SUMMER 2000
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