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[Northern Mexico (1)]

Description: Map of the U.S. Postal Service mail stations and routes in parts of Texas and Mexico, showing the beginnings and endings of routes, the frequency of the mail delivery (e.g. two times a week), special supply routes, and discontinued offices. The map also includes railroads, major towns, and county and country lines.
Date: 1880?
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Northern Mexico (2)]

Description: Map of the U.S. Postal Service mail stations and routes in parts of Texas and Mexico, showing the beginning and end of routes, the frequency of the mail delivery (e.g. two times a week), special supply routes, and discontinued offices. The map also includes railroads, major towns, and county and country lines.
Date: 1880?
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Central and West Texas (1)]

Description: Map of the U.S. Postal Service mail stations and routes in parts of west Texas, showing a mail route that passes through Fort Concho, Fort Stockton, and Fort Davis as well as a mail line from Fort McKavett to Ben Ficklin, ending in Fort Concho. The map also includes railroads, bodies of water, major towns and forts, and county lines.
Date: 1880?
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Post Route Map of the State of Texas with Adjacent Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Indian Territory and the Republic of Mexico 1889 (5).

Description: Map of U.S. Postal Service mail stations and routes in parts of Texas and Mexico, showing the beginnings and endings of routes, the frequency of the mail delivery (e.g. six times a week), special supply routes, and discontinued offices. The map also includes railroads, major towns, bodies of water, and county lines.
Date: 1889
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

My Land, My Heritage, My Hope

Description: Paper submitted to the Junior Historical Society state writing contest held by the Texas State Historical Society, discussing historical landmarks, landscape, and people of Marfa. This written speech accompanied photographic slides (noted in the text with slide numbers).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Longhorn cattle in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of three longhorns in Big Bend ranch, standing in a fenced area in front of a desert area with a mountain in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "His [Don Milton Faver's] entire herd of three hundred cattle was run off by the Indians, leaving him with only thirty or forty calves which were in a corral. From this meager beginning, he built a second herd of ten to twenty thousand" (p. 6).
Date: 1969~
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Post Route Map of the State of Texas with Adjacent Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Indian Territory and of the Republic of Mexico 1881 (8).

Description: Map of the U.S. Postal Service mail stations and routes in Presidio County and western Mexico, showing the beginning and end of routes, the frequency of the mail delivery (e.g. six times a week), special supply routes, and discontinued office. The map also includes railroads, major towns, bodies of water, and boundary lines.
Date: 1881
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Post Route Map of the State of Texas with Adjacent Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Indian Territory and of the Republic of Mexico 1881 (5).

Description: Map of U.S. Postal Service mail stations and routes in Presidio, Crockett, Kinney, and Maverick Counties and western Mexico, showing the beginning and end of routes, the frequency of the mail delivery (e.g. six times a week), special supply routes, and discontinued offices. The map also includes railroads, major towns, bodies of water, and county lines.
Date: 1881
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Fort Leaton ruins in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a stone or adobe building that is part of the ruins of Fort Leaton ("El Fortin"), near Rio Grande, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Ben Leaton sold guns and ammunition to the Indians to kill the immigrants on the wagon trains. He then gave aid and shelter to the same immigrants at 'El Fortin.' He was called the 'Noble Desperado'" (p. 4).
Date: 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Partner: Marfa Public Library