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Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online

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Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« on: September 25, 2011, 06:38:21 PM »
I stumbled upon this link last night while hunting for a particular Big Bend factoid so I thought I would share:

"Big Bend of the Rio Grande: A Guide to the Rocks, Landscape, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park" by Ross A. Maxwell  :icon_mrgreen:

I liked it so much, ordered myself a copy from the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology:eusa_dance:

If you want your own copy, order GB0007 from the Bureau of Economic Geology Publication Sales. ;)
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Re: Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2011, 08:28:38 PM »
It's a great book and essential for any real Bender who wants to know details you can't find anywhere else.  Like TWWG's original reference to Sugarloaf Mtn. (There will be a quiz at a later date). 

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Re: Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011, 11:05:04 PM »
Say, mule ears, I noticed something curious in the Plate I: Geography of the Big Bend Region in the map pocket. Has to do with the Marufo Vega location and the modern day trail named for it (see attachment below):

From this map, it seems the actual "vega" (translated "fertile lowland") might have been 2 to 3 miles downstream from where the north branch of the present day trail reaches the River, right at the mouth of Arroyo Venado pictured in the map. Curious, eh?
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Re: Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2011, 07:18:00 AM »
What is equally curious is that my copy of the book doesn't have that same map.   :eusa_think:

There was a good thread years back about hiking Arroyo Venado and if it was possible to connect to the Marufo Vega trail.
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Re: Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011, 09:14:36 AM »
I've seen the same trail on maps as well, possibly in this book.  I've wanted to try and find the trail if it exist.

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Re: Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2011, 09:20:27 AM »
I have explored it a bit using Google Earth and am wondering if the trail may have in fact been the sandy bank along the river... Seems the most recent GE images are not the best, so I stepped back in time to get a more detailed view... Maybe I need to find out more about ol' Gregorio Marufo to find out more precisely where he took his herds...  :icon_wink:
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Re: Found: Ross Maxwell's Book Online
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2011, 08:13:03 PM »
Some information on Gregorio Marufo:
The Great Unknown of the Rio Grande By Louis F. Aulbach

Basically, it states that the Marufo Vega Trail was commonly used by Mexicans traveling from Boquillas and San Vicente to Adams Ranch, a major wax processing facility in the area. This implies there was a route extending beyond Arroyo Venado and tying in with the end of the Strawhouse Trail where there is a ranch road that wanders over towards Adams Ranch.

Also, some information on Arroyo Venado:
The Handbook of Texas Online

This citation reads like everyone knows the MV Trail leads to Arroyo Venado. Someone needs to try it. I would try walking the sandy bank/beach one way and then maybe a higher route back. Okay I volunteer!  :great:
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