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[Photograph of a Dead Tree]
This photograph is focused on the remains of a dead tree, still standing, in a field of dry brush. To the left is shorter tree. In the background there is a small building to the left and a telephone pole; to the right, there are more trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Original prayer tree died from unknown causes."
Bloys Campmeet Pageant
This photograph shows a large group of people standing in a semi-circle under a tree. The people are all dressed up in fancy clothing or pioneer-style clothing. In the back, there are ten women and one man of various ages, but all relatively young, as well as five young children in the front. It appears to be nighttime. There are several handwritten notes on the back. The first notes give these names: "1. Jean Shannon," "4. Sue Johnson," "5. Chere Livingston," "6. Lois Burns," "10. Sargie Ruth Jones." Additionally, there are notes that say, "Re-enactment" and "Bloys Campmeet Pageant."
Bloys Campmeeting, 1980-1973
This pamphlet gives an overview of the origins of the Bloys Campmeetings as well as the services available at the 1973 service.
Bloys Campmeeting Association
This pamphlet gives an overview of the origins of the Bloys Campmeetings as well as the services available at the 1970 service.
Lizzie Healy Crosson
Photograph made in new Orleans of Lizzie Healy Crosson in 1894. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Father Brocarduo
Photograph of Father Brocarduo from the mission in Fort Davis. He wears a long cassock and holds a little book.
The Economics of the Lumber Activity at Old Fort Davis from 1854-1884
Research paper written by Mac Morrow on July 13, 1972. The paper describes the the lumber activities in Fort Davis, Texas. It covers the history of Fort Davis, the climate of the area, the costs of obtaining lumber, sawmills nearby, and Indian attacks.
[Camp Cabins]
This photograph shows a group of white buildings with trees amongst them. To the left, there is a low wall built of bricks and covered by a white roof of metal siding; behind, there is a tree and at least one other building. To the right, there is another building and tree, and, in the foreground, the patio of a third building which is otherwise not visible in the picture. The ground appears to be gravel with some yellow scrub. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present day cabins."
Calf Slide - Nations Canyon - Davis Mts.
This photograph is of a small body of water surrounded by rock cliffs. In the center of the photo, trees and other brush are growing atop the rocks. At the bottom of the photograph, the writing "Calf Slide - Nations Canyon - Davis Mts. - #3. Frank Duncan (c) Marfa - Texas" has been added. On the back, there is a signature that appears say "Ben S. Arant".
Fort Davis, Texas
This photograph has a handwritten label "Ft. Davis Tex" written across the top and shows several buildings in front of a rocky ridge. On the far left, there is a large white building and there at least five people standing on the porch and nearby. To the right, there is a dark building with something in front of it (possibly some barrels covered in a white cloth) and another white building back behind. To the right of the dark building, there are three lighter colored buildings that look nearly identical; they seem to be made of brick and have white roofs with white pillars across the fronts of their porches. The foreground is an open area covered in desert scrub.
Fort Davis
This photograph shows Fort Davis at a distance with mountains in the background. In the foreground, there are cacti and two young boys sitting on a rock in the lower right hand corner.
The H. A. King Ranch
This photograph shows a group of trees in front of several mountains. There appear to be fence posts marking off an area to the right of the photograph. In the foreground there are rocks and ground covered in desert scrub. Handwritten notes on the back of the photograph read: "The H. A. King Ranch, Musquiz Canon, Jeff Davis County Tx, June 1929 by H. A. King" and "10 miles south of Fr. Davis. Build but [...] and then bought 1883 by Col. Grierson [?] who married Mrs. King (mother of H. A.) after first wife Alice died."
Indian Lodge - Davis Mountains State Park, Texas
This photograph shows the Indian Lodge on the slope of a mountain. The building is white and built in a Pueblo indian style. In the foreground, there are trees and a fence enclosing the area around the building. In the background, the slopes of two mountains (including the one that the building is on) are covered in desert trees and brush. A typed note on the back of the photograph says "Indian Lodge hotel in the Davis Mountains State Park" and also has a stamp with the name "Barry Scobee" and "Fort Davis, Texas."
[Group of Seven Officers]
This photograph shows seven men, wearing what appear to be army uniforms, sitting on rocks surrounded by desert vegetation. The men have moustaches and are wearing dark jackets with stripes on the sleeves, light-colored pants, and hats with a dark bands. The man on the far right is Sergeant Forsythe, the Post Commissary Sergeant. Clockwise, the other men are a 1st Sergeant, a Corporal, another Sergeant, the Hospital Steward, the Quartermaster Sergeant, and another 1st Sergeant.
[Spectators at the Bloys Campmeeting]
In this photograph, a large audience is watching several people standing in the front of the photograph. In the foreground, the makeshift 'stage' has a podium made of crates, a long wooden bench and two chairs, as well as a blanket on the ground. There is a tree on the left. There are several people standing near the tree wearing old-fashioned clothes. A man standing to the right, directly in front of the audience, is wearing a dark suit. In the background there is a mountain and other trees. On the back of the photograph, there is a handwritten note: "Warren Bloys represents Rev. Bloys."
[Circle of Men Under a Tree]
In this photograph, a large group of men of all ages and wearing suits are sitting in a semicircle in the shade of a tree. There are three old-style cars - two to the far right and one behind the people. There is a man standing to the far left, holding a book and several other men standing near the cars. They are in a field covered in short grass. In the background, there are scattered trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Men's prayer tree."
[Tent Near a Hill]
This photograph shows a building and a large white tent at the base of a tall hill. To the far left, there is a small building behind the tent which has the sides rolled up and there is a very large lantern on a post outside the tent and trees to the right. In the background, there is a tall, rocky hill rising on the right side of the photograph and covered in brush. In the front, the ground is covered in short grass and there is a bush and a rock. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Gospel tent - adobe storehouse."
[Group of People on a Rock]
In this photograph, there is a group of people standing at the top of a rocky ridge. There are several gaps in the rock in the foreground and some brush growing between them part way up. The group of people consists of several children and many adults, most of whom appear to be dressed up and wearing hats. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Watching a baptism."
[Campground Cemetery]
This photograph shows a large headstone in an area surrounded by a white fence with a gate. The area is in the midst of a field covered in yellow brush. In the background, there are trees and mountains in the distance. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "John & Eva Means buried on camp ground."
[Campground Cemetery]
This photograph shows a large headstone in an area surrounded by a white fence with a gate. The area is in the midst of a field covered in yellow brush. In the background, there are trees and mountains in the distance. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "John & Eva Means buried on camp ground."
[Bloys Cabins]
This photograph shows a long, blue building with a porch in front of some low hills. On the left side of the photograph, there are two other blue buildings and a third on the far right, all only partially visible. In the foreground, the area appears to be covered in rocky gravel with scattered scrub; the hills are covered in small trees and bushes. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present cabins."
Mitchell Midley Cook Shed
This photograph shows several blue buildings including a ramada over an area with what may be long picnic tables. To the far left, there is a large pile of logs or brush in front of some trees. There is also a large tree in the middle of the photograph between the ramada (to the right) and a small building that apears to be a shed. In the foreground, the area appears to be bare ground. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph that says, "Mitchell Midley cook shed."
[Bloys Cabins]
This photograph shows a long, blue building with a porch in front of some low hills. On the left side of the photograph, there are two other blue buildings and a third on the far right, all only partially visible. In the foreground, the area appears to be covered in rocky gravel with scattered scrub; the hills are covered in small trees and bushes. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present cabins."
[Camp Chapel]
This photograph shows a long, blue building that is closed on the right end, but open to the left with the roof held up by poles. In front of the building, there is a large, bare tree bent over to the ground. There are green trees behind the building to the far left and some hills in the distance in the right side of the photograph. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Chapel in the rocks."
[People Sitting on Rocks]
This photograph shows a large group of people sitting among boulders on the slope of a hill. There are bushes and scrub growing among the rocks and trees growing at the top of the hill. The people are all dressed up; the women are wearing dresses and decorated hats, the men are wearing suits with bowties and cowboy hats. The people are of various ages, including several children. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Watching a baptizing."
[People Near a Tent]
In this photograph, there is an older woman and a little boy standing in front of a tent. In the foreground, there is the back of what appears to be a covered wagon to the left and a tree to the right. The tree has a bucket suspended near the branches and several objects piled around the base including a group of lanterns. Behind the tree, there is a white tent with a flap pulled back and a chair visible inside. The people are standing near the opening of the tent. the woman is wearing a long black dress with a white ruffle at the collar and a black hat. The little boy is wearing a light-colored suit and tall black boots. There is a hill in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Occupants of a tent. Sleeping quarters in a hack."
[Camp Cabins]
This photograph shows a group of white buildings with trees amongst them. To the left, there is a low wall built of bricks and covered by a white roof of metal siding; behind, there is a tree and at least one other building. To the right, there is another building and tree, and, in the foreground, the patio of a third building which is otherwise not visible in the picture. The ground appears to be gravel with some yellow scrub. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Present day cabins."
[Photograph of a wooden cross]
This photograph shows a wooden cross with stones around the base, on a hill overlooking the campgrounds. In the foreground, the area is rocky, with several large boulders directly behind the cross and there is some tall grass in the front. Behind the cross, there is a large group of treee with a blue buildings scattered throughout. In the distance, there is an open field filled with yellow grass and some other trees and buildings to the right.
[Group of People at Bloys Campground]
This photograph shows a large group of people, of all ages, in a semi-circle. On the far left, there is a covered wagon and a large tree behind it. Two men are standing next to the wagon; to the right, there are women sitting on chairs and other people standing behind them, as well as a group so people sitting on the ground in front of them. Farther right, there are several white tents and some trees visible above them. To the far right, there is an old-style automobile in the front of the photograph. In the foreground, the area seems to be a field, covered in short grass, and there are several bundles that appear to be rolled-up tents lying on the ground. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Crowd at Bloys. Auto at right has wooden wheels like those on buggies."
[Cowboys with Lassos]
In this photograph, two young men dressed as cowboys (hats and chaps with tassels) are twirling ropes as lassos. The one on the left is George Edwards and the one on the right is Otis Grubb. Behind them there is a building with a long brick fence around it and there are other buildings farther off to the left. In the background, there is a rocky ridge covered in desert brush and the foreground where the men are standing appears to be bare ground. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Nothing else to do, but know how to work the ropes."
[Cavalry]
This photograph is of a group of cavalrymen out on drill. There are many soldiers, ranged on the slope of a mountain and wearing dark uniforms and hats. Several of the men are standing with horses in the back or to the side. Two of the men have pins on their collars, showing that they are marksmen. Behind the men, there are rocks and desert plants.
[Byrd Orchard]
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.
[Group of Soldiers]
This photograph shows a group of soldiers in dark-colored uniforms sitting among rocks and desert plants on the slope of a mountain. There appear to be several children in the group as well.
[Fort Davis School Officials]
In this photograph, there are three men, dressed formally in suits and ties. The man in the middles is wearing glasses and holding a cigarrette. The men are standing against what appear to be wooden shelves, drawers, and cabinets. According to related information, these men are (from left to right) George Moore, Richard D. Shwartz, and A. V. Chaffin, standing in a new Home Economics building. Moore is believed to be the superintendent of the Fort Davis High School, and Shwartz and Chaffin are believed to be school board members.
Blue Mountain
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."
Officer's Line, Fort Davis, Texas
In this photograph, there are about 10 buildings that appear to be identical, all in a line. A handwritten note on the front says "Officers Line" which suggests that the buildings are the houses of the officers and their families. Each house has a dark roof and five white pillars that form the rim of the porch. There are trees interspersed among the houses. In front of the buildings, there is a large area that is fenced in and contains several animals. Behind the houses, there is a rocky ridge covered in desert scrub and plants. This postcard was sent to "Mr. Frank Russell" in Marfa, Texas and the postmark is from Casa Piedra, Texas sent August 27, 1915. The text, handwritten in ink, reads: "Dear Frank:- This card re-calls memories of much a _happy_ day and each moon-light night that we have been riding & have wished that you were with us. Don't work too hard but come out here if you can. Lovingly, Mabel."
Buildings At Old Fort Davis - Fort Davis, Texas
This photograph shows four two-story buildings in front of the rocky cliff of a mountain. In the foreground, there is an area covered with scrub and what looks like an unpaved road and telephone poles in front of the buildings. The buildings to the far left and right look a bit weathered and old, but could still be in use and the one near the center has a pickup truck parked outside. The next building to the right appears to be abandoned and is sagging and falling apart; it looks as though it is made of wood although the others seem to be brick.
[Mr. Bogel and Ms. Hubbard at the Bloys Camp Meeting]
In this photograph, an older man and woman are standing together in front of a tree. Both are dressed up: the man is wearing slacks, a striped shirt, and a tie with a hat; the woman is wearing a long white dress. They are both holding objects in their hands and the woman is looking at hers, rather than at the camera. The man is standing to the left and has his left arm around her shoulders. In the left of the photograph, an old-style automobile is partially visible. In the background to the right, the area where they are standing is covered in grass and brush with trees and mountains in the distance. At the bottom of the photograph, the names W. W. Bogel and Eda Jenkins Hubbard are handwritten in ink. (The name "Bert [...] Hubbard" was written and then scratched out.) A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Bloys Camp Meeting circa 1913-1916."
[Fort Davis Courthouse]
This photograph shows a large building with that appears to be made of brick although the side facing the front of the photograph is painted white. The side of the building to the right has several doorways and there are windows set in the white side of the building as well as a wooden gate in the middle of part of the wall and some of the brick is showing through the white paint. In the background, there is another building to the far right of the photograph that appears to be enclosed by a wooden fence. In the foreground, the ground appears to be bare. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads: "'Batcave Courthouse' in Fort Davis was the first courthouse (1880) built in Presidio County. The front, at right, looks north - The left end was the district courtroom. The red door was the entry way fro wagons into the patio."
[Bloys Campmeeting]
In this photograph, a group of 13 people (including two children) are standing in front of trees. All of the men and most of the women are wearing hats (and/or bonnets). At the bottom of the photograph there are several handwritten labels: "S. N. B., G. N. Bogel, Jessie B. H. [...] H. J. H. Jr., Eda Jenkins Hubbard, and W. W. Bogel" From left to right, there are: a woman in a white dress with dark-colored sleeves (S. N. B.); a man in a white shirt and bow-tie wearing dark glasses; a second woman in a white dress next to a younger woman wearing a darker-colored dress and bonnet and behind them there is a man wearing a white shirt and tie; a woman in a white dress with a dark pin at the collar holding the hand of a very young boy, also in white, and standing next to a slightly older boy in white with a square collar; a man (directly behind the boys) who appears to be wearing a uniform; two women in white dresses; another man in uniform; and an older man (W. W. Bogel) with a moustache who has something tucked into the waist of his slacks. Directly behind the men to the right, there is some sort of covered vehicle (a buggy or automobile). A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says "Bloys Camp Meeting circa 1913/1916."
[Home Economics Class]
In this photograph, four young women in dresses are standing in a kitchen. The two girls on the right are holding towels. According to related information, the four girls are (left to right): Lillian Frank, Trudy Acton, Jeannette Schultea, and Shirley Neill who are the first Fort Davis High School students to use the new Home Economics building.
[Volunteers at Fort Davis]
This photograph shows two young girls in dresses and aprons standing in front of a table holding a pitcher and bowl. The room they are in appears to be a kitchen. There is a wood stove to the right of the girls and a pipe leading to the ceiling as well as a window. Directly behind the girls there is are shelves filled with teapots, jars, and pottery. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads "Volunteers in the Park, Allison Ryan and Estella Cortez, Sep 1974, Ft. Davis National Hist. Site."
Birds-Eye-View, Fort Davis, Texas
The photograph on this postcard shows the town of Fort Davis. In the foreground, there is a formation of large rocks and an unpaved road that continues into the middle of the town. To either side of the road, there are various buildings enclosed by fences and surrounded by yards, trees, and windmills. The postcard was sent from Fort Davis March 15 and arrived in Uvalde, Texas March 17, 1918 according to the postmarks. The text, handwritten in ink, reads: "Wednesday. Well Janet how are you today? This picture was taken from some big high rocks in front of my uncle's house. There are hardly any lumber houses here - nearly all dirt or stone. Some are made of pretty pink rocks. They get the different kinds of rock from the mountains in the town or near town. Hope I'll see you again sometime. Miss Ada." The postcard was addressed to Miss Janet Harris.
[Infantry]
This photograph shows a group of infantry men camping outside of Fort Davis after patrol duty. The men are all ranged on the slope of a mountain in army uniforms. In the foreground, there is a pot hung over a fire and two groups of guns arranged in teepees. The smoke from the fire is obscuring some of the men. They are surrounded by rocks and desert scrub.
[Fort Davis 1880]
This photograph shows Fort Davis after snow has fallen. There are several long structures to the right which are the Quartermaster's building and store house. In the middle of the photograph, there is a large open field. In the foreground, there are rocks and the ruins of a small adobe building. Around the left edge of the field, there are trees and the Officer's Barracks. At the far end of the barracks are several two-story buildings including the Post Chapel and Post Headquarters. In the background there are several mountains.
Harvard Radio Astronomy Station, Fort Davis, Texas
This photograph shows the Harvard Radio Astronomy Station. To the left, there is a white building that appears to be a pre-fabricated structure; an old-fashioned pickup truck is parked next to the building. To the right, there is a large satellite propped up on what appears to be wooden supports. Two men are standing next to the satellite. In the foreground, there is some scrub and a wire fence enclosing the station area. Behind the station, there are telephone poles and rolling hills with scattered brush. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads "Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa, Texas. 4 col x 4 flush mounted 175 cropped."
Fort Davis
This photograph shows a series of buildings that appear to be storefronts. The buildings are built of bricks and one has the words 'feed - water - stable' written on the side. In the foreground, there is a man with a large, old-fashioned bicycle and two dogs nearby. There are also 9 other people ranging along the front of the stores and two horses hitched to a wagon. There appear to be other buildings farther away. In the background there is a rocky cliff rising behind the buildings.
[Fort Davis in the Snow]
This photograph that shows part of Fort Davis in the winter. In the foreground, there are several large rocks and behind them, to the left, there is a row of nearly identical buildings with porches that appear to be part of Officer's Row. In front of the buildings, there are trees and a road at the edge of a fenced-in field. There is some sort of structure in the middle of the field. In the background, there are other buildings and the slope of a mountain. Everything is covered in snow. Printed text on the back of the photograph reads "We have come a long way with your support! Happy Holidays From The board of directors of the friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site."
[Group of Tents Under a Tree]
This photograph shows a group of at least four white tents in a field filled with short grass and bushes. Directly in front of the tents is a wire fence with wooden posts. Behind the tents, there is a large tree to the right, with a roof on posts over a group of people. To the left of the people, there is a covered wagon partially visible and possibly a second wagon to the far left of the photograph. In the distance, there are more trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Tents, chuck box, and cook, covered arbor to shade eating area. About 1900."
[Modern Bloys Campground]
This photograph shows several buildings in a large field, at the base of some tall hills. There are many buildings which appear to be lightly colored with darker roofs interspersed with trailers and what seem to be telephone poles. The field is filled with yellow grasses and some small bushes. Among the buildings, there are trees and the hills are covered with bushes. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says "Bloys."