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Postcard of Jesus Abundio Cobos

Description: Photographic postcard depicting two men, one which is Jesus Abundio Cobos in Alpine, Texas around 1900. One of the men is riding a donkey. Correspondence on the back is in Spanish.
Date: 1900~
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Elioza Cordova at Age Three

Description: Photograph of Elioza Cordova at age three in 1909 in Terlingua, Texas. She is standing and wearing a dress. She later married Jose Hernandez and had two daughters, and ended up living in Alpine, Texas.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Main Street of Alpine]

Description: Postcard of Main Street in Alpine, Texas, in 1909. The road is unpaved. There are several stores and horse-drawn vehicles along the road. Text below the photograph says, "Alpine, Texas. Published by The Palace Pharmacy." The card is addressed to Byron Avant in San Antonio, Texas.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Alpine School]

Description: Postcard of a public school in Alpine, Texas. The students are posed outside the school. They range in age from small children to adolescents. A handwritten note on the front says, "Public School. Alpine, Tex." The card is dated March 17, 1911, and is addressed to Byron Avaut in Uvalde, Texas.
Date: March 17, 1911
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Lino Compos and Jose Tapia

Description: Photograph of Lino Compos and Jose Tapia sitting on burros. They were from Terllingua, Texas. Both are 18 years old in this picture from 1913.
Date: 1913
Creator: Rocha, Andres
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Alpine Postcard]

Description: Postcard of a view of Alpine, Texas. The photograph was taken from the top of a hill. The postcard is addressed to Maria R. Pena in El Paso, Texas. It is dated April 22, 1915.
Date: 1915
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Telista Martinez Mata, Ramona Martinez and Angelita Martinez

Description: Photograph of Telista Martinez Mata and her sister Ramona Martinez. The child is Angelita Martinez. This photo was taken in 1918 in Terlingua, Texas. This photo was included in a research paper by Herlinda Espinoza for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1918
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Andes Alvorado

Description: Photograph of Andres Alvorado in Terllingua in 1919. He is on horseback. He was a revolutionary who rode with Pancho Villa.
Date: 1919
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Frank Martinez, Jr. and Manuela M. Martinez

Description: Photograph of Fran Martinez, Jr. and his bride Manuela. This photo was taken in Terlingua in 1922. This photo was included in a research paper by Herlinda Espinoza for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1922
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Automobiles in Circle]

Description: Photograph of dozens of automobiles arranged in a circle in a field during a rodeo in Alpine, Texas. In the circle are two men on horseback and one man on foot. The Sul Ross College building is visible in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Rodeo Scene Alpine, Oct 1924."
Date: October 1924
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Erasmo, Beatrize, Maria and Jesus Herrera

Description: Photograph of Erasmo Herrera and his sister Beatrize Herrera in 1925 in Terlingua, Texas. The children are Maria and Jesus Herrera. This photo was included in a research paper by Herlinda Espinoza for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1925
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Arseno, Augustine, and Osmundo Campos

Description: Photograph of Arseno, Augustine III, and Osmundo Campos, sons of Augustine, Jr. and Carolina Campos in Terlingua in 1926. This photo was included in a research paper by Herlinda Espinoza for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1926
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Cruz Cordova at Age 15

Description: Photograph of Cruz Cordova at the age of 15 in 1929 at Marathon, Texas. He became a carpenter, married Fita Cordova and had a daughter, Carol Cordova.
Date: 1929
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Portrait of the Delgadillo Sisters]

Description: Portrait of three little girls in white dresses on a ranch. They are, from left to right, Rosa Delgadillo, Cruz Delgadillo, and Juana Mata.
Date: June 13, 1932
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

CCC Service Camp

Description: Photograph description by Calistro Nunez Sr. in an interview on January 18, 1975 by Calistro Nunez, Jr., "This picture was taken in 1933, during the depression, when President Roosevelt held office. It shows a CCC Service Camp, which was formed so that the people could work. Their jobs were at making roads on the Chisos Mountain, where Big Bend is now located. The government paid the federal workers according to their duties and responsibilities under several different pay plans. They lived in these camps and were allowed to leave every fifteen days to go to the nearest town."
Date: 1933
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Frank Martinez, Jr. and Carmen Martinez

Description: Photograph of Frank Martinez, Jr. with his second wife, Carmen Martinez on their wedding day, April 13,1933 in Terlingua, Texas. This photo was included in a research paper by Herlinda Espinoza for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: April 13, 1933
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

CCC Service Camp Employees

Description: Photograph description by Calistro Nunez Sr. in an interview on January 18, 1975 by Calistro Nunez, Jr., "This picture, taken in January 23, 1934, shows five federal employees standing in front of their barrack, These men worked in the CCC camps." The photo shows men standing on the steps outside the doorway.
Date: January 23, 1934
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Photo Postcard of Santa Helena Canyon, Texas

Description: Photographic postcard depicting the Grand Canyon of Texas, Santa Elena Canyon with the Rio Grande River running through it. One side is Texas and the other is Mexico. This photo was included in a research paper by Sammy Barnett for an American History class at Marfa High School in May 1964.
Date: 1936
Item Type: Postcard
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Partner: Marfa Public Library

Workers on Carrasco Ranch

Description: Photograph of workers that were making a road to the house on the Carrasco Ranch in West Texas. The men are: Rijino Zubiate of Alpine, TX; Abel Delgadillo of Ojinaga; Agopito Zubiate of Pecos, Texas; Mike Montoyo of Alpine, Texas; Juan Young of Cloudcroft, Texas; and G.A. Glenn of El Paso.
Date: 1937
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

CCC Camp

Description: Photograph of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp located in the Chisos Mountains taken on November 26, 1937. The company stationed at this camp was 1855, it was under the command of Lt. Wm. L. Hagman and Lt. Archie L. Murray, second in command.
Date: November 26, 1937
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Jesus Abundio Cobos

Description: Paper written by Robert Blanco for a history class at Marfa High School in 1966. It is about Jesus Abundio Cobos, a man who lived in Alpine, Texas. Jesus made a living fencing ranches, making dams for ranchers, and hauling supplies from the railroad to the Shafter mines. His wife was Martina Franco and they had 10 sons and 4 daughters.
Date: 1966
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Entertainment on the Ranch]

Description: Paper describing how workers on the ranches entertained themselves by staging plays and eating together.
Date: 1967~
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

People at La Fiesta de San Juan in Terlingua

Description: Two pages describing a photograph with a group of people going to La Fiesta de San Juan in Terlingua. Some of them were relatives of Saul Acosta.
Date: 1967
Creator: Acosta, Saul
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library