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Chronicles of the Big Bend by W.D. Smithers

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Chronicles of the Big Bend by W.D. Smithers
« on: January 01, 2010, 01:09:46 PM »

"Chronicles of the Big Bend" - A Photographic Memoir of Life on the Border  by W.D. Smithers a remarkable guy that lived in the Bend from 1916 to the 50's.  His collection of thousands of photographs are now at UT- Austin.  The book is about life in the Army at Big Bend, pack trains, first airplanes in the area, Mexican raiders, the mining operations, the era of bootlegging smugglers bringing booze across the Rio Grande, the people who lived there and their secret method of communicating across the vast land, and much more.  It has stories about the ranchers in the area and all the towns that were there.  Strangely enough, he never mentioned the Stillwells.

There is one picture of Casa Grande through the Window that was taken in 1934.  It is interesting because I think there has been a big rock fall from Casa Grande since then as it looks very different from current photographs.

The Mexicans called Smithers   el fotographo    I think T.J. should inherit this name for his avatar!

I would highly recommend the book for "home bound" Benders.  Get out a map while reading it and follow along his journeys.

In the meantime, I think I'll start packing!
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Re: Chronicles of the Big Bend by W.D. Smithers
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 01:24:04 PM »
Thanks for review East Texan, I will definitely check it out.
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

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Re: Chronicles of the Big Bend by W.D. Smithers
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 06:19:55 PM »
This is a great book. I love his description of the Johnson Ranch. Smithers had some interesting adventures and he tells them well. I find his quest for the secrets of the avisadores communication system fascinating. His style is unique and his pics are amazing for the time.

 


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