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[Additional ruins of Presidio structure]

Description: Photograph of Fort Leaton ruins in the Big Bend desert, near Presidio, Texas. Several wood support beams of varying lengths support the wall structure. A stone marker near the photograph's left quadrant describes the structure. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The mission was successful, and Christianized many of the tribes until the Padres were called back from this wilderness in the eighteenth century" (pp. 3-4).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[American and Texas flags]

Description: Photograph of a flagpole, viewed from the ground looking up with an American flag at the top and a Texas state flag below. A cloudy sky is visible above the pole. The image accompanied the conclusion of a written speech, with the caption: "To those who would protest the American life of challenge and accomplishment, I would remind them, our land has never been easy. [...] The land is rich, not only in landscape, but also in the heritage of those who have tried to tame it. This is My Land, My Heritage, My Hope" (p. 14)
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Barren Big Bend desert landscape]

Description: Pphotograph of a barren Big Bend crater. Several edges of the crater contain sparse tufts of grasslands and a mountain range is visible in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "These Indians were primarily farmers, whose fields lined the banks of the now dry rivers and creeks. The sites of the Jumano pueblos are still a source of artifacts" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Barren landscape with small mountains in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a grassy, barren Big Bend landscape, with mountains in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The chief engineer gave the honor of naming the newly-created water store to his wife, who was reading a Russian novel" (p. 6).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza]

Description: Portrait of Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza posing together. Juana is wearing a dark-colored dress and is seated in a wooden chair; Leaton is wearing a dark colored suit, standing to her left, with one hand on her arm. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "An exploratory group headed by John W. Spencer met in Chihuahua and came into the Big Bend" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend cave painting]

Description: Photograph of a Big Bend cave painting that includes a picture of a cave buffalo in the upper-left quadrant, a small picture of a buffalo in the upper-right quadrant, and a picture of a caveman in the lower-left corner of the photograph. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The climate changed, and food shortages caused the Jumanos to become buffalo hunters, as evidenced by this cave painting" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend desert landscape containing bushes and mountains]

Description: Photograph of wildflowers and grasses in a canyon near Presidio County, Texas. There is a large bush of pink wildflowers in the foreground with green grasses and bushes behind. A rocky mountain range features prominently in the background and extends the width of the photograph. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Bluebonnets, our State flower, and sage bloom early in the year-round warmth in the Big Bend Park on the Rio Grande" (p. 2).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend fossils and stones]

Description: Photograph of seven stone items -- fossils of prehistoric shells and bones, and Indian manos (grinding stones) -- displayed on the bottom of a metal tub sitting on a grassy plain. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Water-dwelling dinosaurs, such as those related to the modern crocodile, and bird-like reptiles have been excavated from their rock prisons" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend landscape with mountains and trees]

Description: Photograph of a desert landscape in the Big Bend area, including trees and bushes with mountains in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The Big Bend really began to open up when in 1882 the Southern Pacific Railroad planned to lay rails through Ft. Davis on its way to the ocean. The city fathers didn't want the noise of the trains to disturb their beautiful, quiet town, and the plan was revised so the tracks would be laid twenty-five miles south" (p. 6).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend landscape with tractors]

Description: Photograph of farm fields in front of a mountain range, located in the Big Bend area. Several tractors and wagons are visible on dirt roads around the fields and desert scrub is visible in the foreground. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The two to three hundred acres behind the mission have been given the title of 'the oldest piece of land continuously used for farming in North America'" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Big Bend landscape with unidentified mountain peak]

Description: Photograph of a desert landscape in the Big Bend area with a prominent mountain in the center. A dirt road is visible in the foreground as well as an unidentified building. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The city fathers didn't want the noise of the trains to disturb their beautiful, quiet town, and the plan was revised so the tracks would be laid twenty-five miles south" (p. 6).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Biography of Jesse Blackwell]

Description: This report gives a brief overview of the life of Jesse Blackwell, telling about his family and career as an educator.
Date: c. 1969
Creator: Valenzuela, Velma
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Bones and fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Close-up photograph of woolly mammoth bones and fossils embedded in the soil, near Marfa, Texas. A red trowel is visible near the top of the image. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The land turned against the 'thundering lizards,' and the Age of mammals came upon the earth" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Canine artifact]

Description: Photograph of an oval, white soapstone Indian artifact carved with the shape of a small canine. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The first tribe of Indians to be recorded were called the 'Basketmakers.' They quickly faded into the background with the coming of the Jumanos" (pp. 2-3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Car and set from movie Giant]

Description: Photograph of a set from the movie, "Giant" including the front of a stone mansion with a car parked in front. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The house used for the shooting still stands in the pasture where it was put together nearly fourteen years ago" (p. 12).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Carolina Borunda Humphries]

Description: Photograph of Carolina Borunda Humphries cooking on a wood stove at The Old Borunda cafe. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Carolina Borunda Humphries has cooked on her wood stove in the kitchen at 'The Old Borunda' for many years. This restaurant has been in the Borunda family for three generations" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Carving of dinosaur]

Description: Photograph of a statue artifact in the shape of a dinosaur. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Early man, who created these artifacts, entered West Texas while the mammoth roamed free" (p. 2).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Close up of Big Bend area landscape]

Description: Photograph of a rocky mountain ( part of the Davis Mountain range) behind a line of trees in the Big Bend area of Jeff Davis County, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[According to an] Indian legend [...] After the heavens, the earth, and the living creatures had been shaped, the Great Spirit had a great accumulation of rocks and stony material left over. Even the Evil Spirit refused the pile, and so it became the mighty Big Bend of Texas" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Close up of Big Bend desert mountain]

Description: Photograph of a large, rocky hill in a desert landscape in the Big Bend area. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[According to an] Indian legend [...] After the heavens, the earth, and the living creatures had been shaped, the Great Spirit had a great accumulation of rocks and stony material left over. Even the Evil Spirit refused the pile, and so it became the mighty Big Bend of Texas" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Collection of bones and fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of bones and fossils embedded in the soil, near Marfa, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "This beast watered at a lake which was once in the Big Bend" (p. 1)
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Collection of fossils and bones in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of rocks and mammoth fossils embedded in the soil next to tree roots. A pickaxe and large hole are visible near the top of the image. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "This beast watered at a lake which was once in the Big Bend. His feet were caught in the sticky mud, and the mammoth, unable to move, was preserved" (p. 2).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Collection of fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of bones and fossils that have been partially excavated from soil, with a trowel in front of them on the ground. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "This beast watered at a lake which was once in the Big Bend. His feet were caught in the sticky mud, and the mammoth, unable to move, was preserved" (pp. 1-2).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Cowboy with horse]

Description: Photograph of a cowboy adjusting the saddle on a horse, in front of a wood and wire fence. On the other side of the fence, there are several parked trucks, a windmill, and a second cowboy who appears to be on horseback. A desert hill is visible in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Although modern inventions have made ranching easier, the truck can't compare to the cow pony when it is time for round-up" (p. 11).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Craggy desert landscape in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a rocky desert landscape in Big Bend near Marfa, Texas. The landscape has sparse grasses and weeds; two hilltops are visible in the top right corner of the image. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[John W.] Spencer tried horse and cattle raising, but because of Indians, failed" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library