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Angelina Chavez and Tanis Dominguez

Description: Photograph of Angelina Chavez and Tanis Dominguez taken in ?Shafter, Texas in 1925. The boy holds a cap in his hand and leans on an automobile.
Date: 1925
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Annaway DeVolin

Description: Photograph of Annaway DeVolin, school teacher at Horse Creek, Texas in 1921. She is seated outside. This photo was included in a research paper by Cynthia Lee Rogers for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Date: 1921
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

[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

Blue Mountain

Description: This photograph shows a mountain in the distance. In the foreground, there appears to be the edge of an unpaved road and telephone wires up above. Between the road and the mountain, there is a flat area covered in desert scrub. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Blue Mountain west of Ft. Davis Tex. June 1929 by H. A. King."
Date: June 1929
Creator: King, H. A.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Border Patrol Car, Decorated for Parade

Description: Photograph of a Border Patrol car that has been decorated for the Fourth of July parade in Marfa in 1928. Dorn (R) and Emmet Taylor (L) stand by the car.
Date: July 4, 1928
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Border Patrol Car, Decorated for Parade

Description: Photograph of a Border Patrol car that has been decorated for the Fourth of July parade in Marfa in 1928. The baby is the son of Mrs. and Mr. Alvin Ogden at about 1 year in age.
Date: July 4, 1928
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Branding Cattle at the Brite Ranch

Description: Photographic postcard of cowboys branding cattle on the Brite Ranch in West Texas. It has the name "Bill Bailey" written on the back and it is addressed to Mr. C.E. Brite in Brite, Tex and it is postmarked September 1, 1921 in Marfa, Texas.
Date: 1921~
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Brite Ranch Headquarters in the 1920s.

Description: Panoramic photograph from the 1920s of the Brite Ranch headquarters. This was a 125,000 acre ranch in Presidio County in West Texas. The photo shows (L-R): the main house, the barn, the shed, the fort, and the store. A group of unidentified people stand near the house. This photo was included in a report by Andrew Wells for an American History class at Marfa High School on January 13, 1975.
Date: 1920~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Burro "Mida Mora"

Description: Photograph of little Tommy Wells wearing a sombrero and sitting on a burro taken in 1927. The burro, named Mida Mora, was a blue mule captured from the bandits who raided the Brite Ranch in 1917. This burro served many years a a night horse, which was a horse left in the pen at night to gather other horses for use in the morning.
Date: 1927
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Burro named "Gansole"

Description: Photograph of "Gansole", a faithful burro on the Brite Ranch in 1928. This animal served as a school bus, night horse, and a way to get home.
Date: 1928
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Byrd Orchard]

Description: This photograph shows a scenic view of the Byrd orchard. In the foreground, there are two fenced-in fields, the corner of one holds several grazing animals. Along the edge of the fence there are trees and what appears to be an irrigation ditch separating those fields from another field and the orchards. On the right of the photograph, there are several buildings, partially obscured by trees. To the left, there appears to be a slope coveered in desert trees and scrub and there are mountains in the background.
Date: 1924
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Card from Lizzie Crosson's Funeral

Description: Copy photo of a card from Lizzie Crosson's funeral. It has an angel on one side and a curtain drawn back on the other. It reads, "Mrs. Lizzie Crosson, Born Aug. 25, 1844. Died Nov, 17, 1924. Age 80 years 2 mos. 22 D., We miss thee from our home, dear mother, We miss thee from thy place, A shadow o'er our life is cast, We miss the sunshine on thy face. We miss thy kind and willing hand, Thy fond and earnest care, Our home is dark without thee - We miss thee everywhere. In Loving Rememberance" This photo was included in a research paper by Joh Polson for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1978.
Date: c. 1924-11-17
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Carolina Borunda at age 17

Description: Photograph of Carolina Borunda at age 17. She later becam Carolina Borunda Humpheries. She has a contemporary hair style and wears a necklace.
Date: 1924~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Celia Acosta on First Holy Communion

Description: Photograph of Celia Acosta at age 7, dressed for her first Holy Communion. The photo was taken in Grandfalls, Texas on March 29, 1923. She wears a white dress with a crown and veil and holds a candle and a little book.
Date: March 29, 1923
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

Early Border Patrolmen

Description: Photograph of early Border Patrolmen in Marfa, Texas. Two of them are on horseback and three stand beside them.
Date: 1928~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Early Border Patrolmen

Description: Photograph of two early Texas Border Patrolmen in Marfa, Texas. They are either loading or unloading an automobile.
Date: 1928~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Eclipse Windmill

Description: Photograph of an eclipse windmill, the type that was used before the steel windmills came to West Texas. It was built out of wood. There is a woman, some cattle and water tanks near the windmill.
Date: 1920~
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

[Estella Matamoros in 1923]

Description: Marfa dressmaker Estella Matamoros Cortez on her wedding day. She is standing in a garden. To her right is part of a house.
Date: 1923
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library