By Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale
ahead of Terlingua completed a few notoriety because the web site of the yearly global Championship Chili Cookoff, the ghost city used to be the bustling middle of the mercury mining within the usa. This learn, on hand back in a redesigned paperback variation, examines the corporate city and its feudal lord, Chicago industrialist Howard E. Perry, who outfitted a hilltop mansion overlooking the dry domain.
in accordance with many fundamental assets, Quicksilver is solidly researched and traditionally sound. colour and authenticity come from the author's interviews with such members as Robert Cartledge, who for almost 3 many years labored as shop clerk, buying agent, and at last basic supervisor of the Chisos Mining corporation in Terlingua.
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This event is symbolic of the Spanish experience in the American Southwest. In 1683 Juan Sabeata, an Indian chief in the Jumano nation, petitioned the governor of New Mexico to send missionaries to his people. Interest in precious metals was still strong, and Sabeata's request revived the "missionary desire to bring into the fold of the church ... the misguided souls" that roamed the Rio Grande. Spain's response was immediate. On December 15, 1683, the Mendoza party, accompanied by three Franciscans, left Real de San Lorenzo near present-day El Paso, followed a southeasterly course along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, and "somewhere in the vicinity of Ruidosa in the Chinati Mountains ...
Proceeding along Alamito Creek through Paisano Pass, the party passed just south of the present site of Alpine and continued exploring into Central Texas. " Mendoza's expedition into the Big Bend led to the establishment of "six missions among the various tribes of Indians" that inhabited that region,7 four of which were probably on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. Early in the eighteenth century the Spanish realized the necessity to secure their holdings along the Rio Grande. Nearly five hundred miles separated San Juan Bautista and El Paso del Norte, while midway between lay the more recent establishments at La Junta de los Rios.
And Mrs. William D. Burcham, Mrs. D. C. Hernandez of Alpine; Hunter Metcalf and Wayne Cartledge of Marfa; Mrs. E. Babb of Sanderson; Elmo Johnson of Sonora; Mrs. T. Armstrong of San Antonio all talked extensively and frequently with extreme candor about their Terlingua experience. The narrative would have lacked much of its color and authenticity without the faithful assistance of the late Robert L. Cartledge. With his vivid recollections of twenty-nine years as store clerk, purchasing agent, and general manager of the Chisos Mining Company, plus justice of the peace and long-time confidant of Howard E.