By Patrick Dearen
Along a lot of its Texas stretch this present day, the Pecos is just a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and ignored. the trendy motorist crossing it by means of bridge is likely to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the background buried deep in its banks, he might locate the sweat and blood of cowhands who knew this ghost because the such a lot ambitious and treacherous river within the West.
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22. , Diary of Michael Erskine, 160 ("Memo of Mr. Campbell's Route to California"). 23. W H. Boyd, interview with Haley, Sweetwater, 24 January 1932, Haley Collection, Haley Library, Midland. 24. Jim Lane Cook, as told to T. M. Pearce, Lane of the Llano (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1936), 8. 25. Such an incident occurred on Charles Goodnight's first drive to the Pecos in 1866. See Charles Goodnight, "Recollections II," 70, typescript, Haley Library. 26. See log of Michael Erskine, and log of James G.
36. "Scout made by a detachment from Company B, 10th Cavalry, under command of 2nd Lt. John Bigelow Jr. under an order dated April 25, 1878," journal of marches, scouts, and expeditions, Fort Stockton. The "April 25" date is questionable, due to variant interpretations of Bigelow's script. 37. Witt, interview, 22 July 1995. 38. "Journal of march of detachment, Company M, 9th Cavalry, commanded by 2nd Lt. Thomas C. Davenport, 9th U. S. Cavalry, from Fort Stockton, Texas to Independence Creek viz.
Author) Rankin, who leased a forty-one-section ranch near Horsehead Crossing in 1928, had firsthand knowledge of just how unmanageable the banks were for an animal drifting downstream in the water. "The river wasn't fenced, and stray mares would get over on me," he related. "I've jumped them off in the river to [force] them back across. "11 Even if cowboys succeeded in turning a herd straight into a crossing, the animals didn't always take to water. "You have to swim 'em," said Bill Eddins, who frequently crossed herds not far below the New Mexico line Page 16 in the 1910s and 1920s.
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