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Marfa Border Patrol

Description: This is a research paper written by Gilbert Gonzales for an American History Class at Marfa High School on November 21. 1966. It gives an account of the history of the Border Patrol at Marfa, Texas from its beginning in 1923. It has information about the various patrolmen. It describes the smuggling operations taking place on the Texas-Mexico border at that time.
Date: November 21, 1966
Creator: Gonzales, Gilbert
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Photograph of Soldiers Digging]

Description: Photograph of soldiers digging the ground with tents in the background.There are three soldiers holding shovels and one soldier is holding a knife. There are two soldiers just standing. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: Mex brdr. 1916/7."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

First Border Patrol in Marfa

Description: Photograph of the first border patrol in Marfa, Texas. (L-R, top row): Peterson, Hunt, Dill, Jack Prather, Kyle, Pierson, and Daniel. (L-R, second row):Alvin Ogden, Jesse Hill, Earl Fallis, Jack Starkey. unknown, Baird, Brooks, Dorn, Jackson. (L-R, bottom row): Jack DeVolin, James, Metcalf, Joe Dill, C.C. Courtney (Chief), Shelly Barnes (Assistant Chief), Ware Hord, Emmet Hunter, and George Dennis.
Date: January 1928
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Rio Grande River]

Description: Photograph of the Rio Grande River. Inscription on the back reads "Brownsville, Texas looking west from bank of Rio Grande towards Ferry landing Mexico (Matamoros) and U.S. Customs House, May 25, 1915."
Date: May 25, 1915
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

Border Patrol

Description: This paper describes a number of photographs of the early Border Patrol in Marfa, Texas. It was written by Ernest Villareal for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Date: 1967
Creator: Villareal, Ernest
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Photograph of a Military Camp]

Description: Photograph of a military camp with tremendous amounts of rain. There is a soldier heading into a tent. There is a lot of water by the tents and on the ground. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: "Wet camp. nr. Mex brdr. 1916/7."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of People on the Bank of the River]

Description: Photograph of people doing various activities on the bank of river. There are couple of people sitting, a couple are bending over, and two are walking. There is only one person clothed and the rest are unclothed. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: MX. BRDR 1916/7."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Soldiers a Meal]

Description: Photograph of soldiers eating dinner at camp. There are several table setting up for the soldiers to have dinner. The military camp is the background. There is a note on the front of the photograph that reads: "No. 4681...Army scenes...Dinner Time in Camp..." "Swafford...photo.Copyright..."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograh of Soldiers on the Bank of the River]

Description: Photograph of soldiers doing various activities on the bank of the river. There are some soldiers that are swimming, drying off, and others standing. There is one soldier holding a gun and watching. There are some soldiers that are dressed and other soldiers unclothed. There is a note on the front of the photograph that reads: " No.5804...U.S. Soldiers swimming in the Rio Grande... Swafford...photo...copyright..."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Soldier Standing Guard]

Description: Photograph of a soldier standing guard outside of gated arch structure. The soldier is holding a gun. The arch structure is made of rocks which some rocks are on the ground where a fence is attached to structure. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: "MEXICAN BORDER 1916-17"
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Unplanted Area by Tents]

Description: Photograph of an unplanted area by tents and stakes in the ground. There are soldiers in the background. There is a note on the front of the photograph that reads: " HE SLEEPS." There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: "Probably MX BRDR 1916/7."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Soldier Clearing Brush]

Description: Photograph of soldier clearing brush with a tool from the camp area. The soldier is standing holding a tool working on a large amount of brush. There is a note on the front of the photograph that reads: "clearing camp grounds." There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: "MX. BRDR. 1916/7."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Ravaged Building]

Description: Photograph of ravaged building where only a portion of building still remains standing. There are numerous stones and brush around the portion of the building that is missing. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: "MX. BRDR. 1916/7."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Military Camp]

Description: Photograph of a military camp with two flags in front of tents. There is the United States flag and a Regiment flag. There are several tents in a row. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: " MX. Brdr camp ? 1916/7"
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum

[Photograph of Camp Near Ruidosa]

Description: Photograph of camp setup with rows of soldiers, horses, and tents near a river; a mountain range is in the background. There is a note on the back of the photograph that reads: "Camp at Ruidosa Tex. D troop in first row in the picture. Mts. are across the river in Mexico."
Date: 1916
Partner: Texas Military Forces Museum