By Patrick Dearen
Along a lot of its Texas stretch at the present time, the Pecos is simply a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and missed. the fashionable motorist crossing it by way of bridge is likely to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the heritage buried deep in its banks, he could locate the sweat and blood of cowhands who knew this ghost because the so much bold and treacherous river within the West.
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45 Page 38 Their bellies once more bloated, beeves forged another twelve miles upriver to water at Sand Bend, where low, broken hills mark yet another sharp crook into the sunset. 46 Leaving the Pecos to its own meanderings, the animals cut a trace ten miles northwest to yet another landmark on the riverPope's Camp,47 headquarters for an ambitious drilling project initiated in 1855. S. 48 In 1858 and 1859 the stone and adobe buildings served as a Butterfield station,49 but by the mid-1860s only rattlesnakes and scorpions frequented the walls.
We sank under the surface, and for a moment everything was confusion. . . He rose into daylight, and struck out splendidly to the opposite shore, describing a great curve before he reached the landing. " 18 Even an experienced Pecos cowboy sometimes resorted to desperate measures in swimming his horse. "They'd get to splashing and flopping around sometimes," remembered cowhand Jim Witt, who frequently crossed at Emigrant Crossing on horseback in the 1920s. "It was something new to them, and they'd want to turn back.
He stuck out his left fore foot into the water, cautiously, as if feeling for bottom. Evetts Haley and mount in the Pecos in the early 1920s. Haley Memorial Library, Midland, Texas) bled headlong into the current. We sank under the surface, and for a moment everything was confusion. . . He rose into daylight, and struck out splendidly to the opposite shore, describing a great curve before he reached the landing. " 18 Even an experienced Pecos cowboy sometimes resorted to desperate measures in swimming his horse.
A cowboy of the Pecos by Patrick Dearen