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By Patrick Dearen

In the past due Eighties, the Pecos River zone of Texas and southern New Mexico was once often called "the cowboy's paradise." And the cowboys who labored in and round the river have been referred to as "the such a lot professional cowboys within the world." A Cowboy of the Pecos vividly reveals tells the tale of the Pecos cowboy from the 1st Goodnight-Loving farm animals force to the Nineteen Twenties. those meticulously researched and exciting tales supply a glimpse right into a forgotten and but mythologized period. contains archival pictures.

Along a lot of its Texas stretch this present day, the Pecos is simply a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and ignored. the trendy motorist crossing it by way of bridge is prone to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the background buried deep in its banks, he could 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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9. Jake to Dear Ones, letter dated April 1867 and evidently published in its entirety in: Marj Carpenter, "Letter from 1867 Reveals Early Pecos River Deeds," The Pecos Independent and Enterprise, 17 May 1962. 10. L. B. "Bill" Eddins, taped interview with author, Kermit, 5 September 1989. Page 10 11. R. W. Landrum, "A Trip to the Pacific Coast," letter to editor dated 4 October 1886, San Angelo Standard, 16 October 1886, 1, col. 6. 12. J. Evetts Haley (hereinafter, Haley), Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 10th Printing, 1987), 134.

Log of James G. Bell, 219221. Bell's age is from Haley's introduction to the log, 210. 52. The Colorado Tribune, 21 July 1854. 53. These distances, in wagon road miles, are from the journal of Thomas B. Hunt. 54. , "A Log of the Texas-California Cattle Trail," 210. 55. C. Page 29 The Goodnight-Loving Trail Their Livelihood taken away by war, the Texas cowhands who rode the California Trail returned home or were mustered into service to face military action. Almost none of it took place along the Pecos, whichwith the abandonment of Forts Lancaster, Stockton, and Davisreverted to the domain of the Comanche.

34 Finally, in 1932, the Bureau of Economic Geology concluded what old-time cowhands had known all along. Page 20 Ten times saltier than the sea and highly impregnated with minerals, said Dr. C. L. Baker, the Pecos had the "world's worst" water. 35 Nevertheless, a thirsty cowhand usually had no choice but to dip his hat brim in its currents and cup up a mouthful, or many mouthfuls. And when he did, it often had a powerful effect on his gastrointestinal system. "The Pecos water," noted Army Second Lieutenant John Bigelow Jr.

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