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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.
G.F. Crosson in front of Goat Ranch Ruins
Photograph of G.F. Crosson in front of what is left of his parents' first adobe home at Goat Ranch, northeast of Fort Davis, Texas. His parents were George and Lizzie Crosson. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
C.F. Crosson in front of the Catholic Church in Fort Davis
Photograph of G.F. Crosson, son of George Crosson, in front of the Catholic Church in Fort Davis that served as parents' home while they built a house, upon their arrival in Texas around 1878. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Lizzie Crossen
Photograph of Lizzie Crosson at age 80, in August 1924, seated out of doors near a picket fence under a tree. She wears a long dress and has her hair pulled up. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Mamie Crosson
Photograph made in 1898 in El Paso of Mamie Crosson wearing a fancy hat with flowers on it. She also wears glasses. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
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.
Men at CCC Camp in Fort Davis
Photo of men at the CCC Service Camp at Fort Davis in 1933 during their time off from work. Marfa resident, Juan Jeso is circled in this photo.
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 Campground]
This photograph shows a large, open field filled with short grass. In the distance, there are trees and what appear to be buildings on the right, at the base of a hill. There are other mountains in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Bloys in 1907."
[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.
Camper Going Home
Early-day campers leaving the Bloys' Camp Grounds after a meaningful week of worship. One man is driving a wagon pulled by mules, he wears a tall hat. Buildings stand behind the scene.
[Campers in a Field]
This photograph shows a very large group of people standing together in a line, with two smaller groups sitting on the ground in front of them. The closest group appears to be four men in dark suits. They are too far away to make out much detail, but several of the people seem to be holding up dark-colored umbrellas. The foreground shows that the area is a large open field covered in short grass and brush. In the background, there are trees, white tents, and various other items as well as mountains behind them. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "All campers on the ground, about 1900."
[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."
[The Fort Hospital]
This photograph shows two horsedrawn carriages in front of several large structures. The building to the right is a two-story house that belonged to the hospital steward. To the left, there is the slope of a mountain and the foreground is covered in desert scrub.
[After the deer hunt]
In this photograph, there are two trees with at least three dead dear hanging upside-down from the branches. Two of the deer have been split open and an older man in the center of the photograph is cutting the third. Another man, dressed casually, is watching him work. To the far right, there is a covered buggy or wagon that is unhitched and parked. Behind the men, there is a white spotted dog lying on the ground and a white building, presumably a house. In the background there appear to be mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says "Geo Gleim & Nick Mansfelder hunting on Joe Espy Ranch north of Ft. Davis, Texas."
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."
[Ranchers of Davis Mountains]
In this photograph, 10 men dressed in casual clothing are sitting or kneeling in a semi-circle while they eat. Plates, utensils and guns are visible in front of them. At least two other men are standing behind the others, near the group of 5 or 6 horses which all appear to be saddled. All of the men are wearing hats. To the right of the photo there is some sort of wagon or buggy behind the seated men; it is at least partially enclosed and has large wheels and a board attached to the back. The ground appears to be covered with short scrub.