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Homer was an industrious guy

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Homer was an industrious guy
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:18:28 PM »
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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 08:43:54 PM »
Cool!  Looks like another of his dams. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 09:50:54 PM »
Good eye, bk!  :icon_cool:

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 12:10:43 AM »
I think both of these were Sam Nail's

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013, 08:41:27 AM »
I had seen the first one before, but the second one is new to me. I understand, from reading, that Homer and Sam worked together on rigging up a way to pump water up on to the mesa. Homer ended up with a patent on the pump design. Probably safe to assume these tanks received said water.

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2013, 02:11:58 PM »
Thanks for these BK.  You couldn't even see these with the 2008 imagery.  I wonder what else is out there?
Here is a link to Homer Wilson's surface-water pump patent..

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2013, 04:06:53 PM »
Thanks for these BK.  You couldn't even see these with the 2008 imagery.  I wonder what else is out there?
Here is a link to Homer Wilson's surface-water pump patent..

This is very interesting! I need to study this a little more to understand how and why it would replace a stuffing box, but a quick 30 second read seems to indicate that he was using a windmill to push water long distances.

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 04:47:48 PM »
This has got me thinking of when I hiked the OML a few years back.  When coming up Blue Creek I'm almost positive I remember seeing a long pipe half buried and bending somewhere near the Cedar Spring area.  Homer Wilson's doing? or the park's?

Now I'm starting to get intrigued with this area and I have a couple of questions for the board about some places I see on old maps.
On these 1903 and 1931 maps, I see several places of interest.

1. Rock Hut (29.289256, -103.375911), which is a little north of the Sam Nail ranch.  Has anyone been there, know what it is, or have pictures?
2. Chisos Pen (29.330327, -103.391754), looks like a small square in the satellite imagery.  What is this?  Pen for livestock? (I think the Chisos Pen on the map could possibly refer to the 'Chisos Pen anticline', a geological feature.)
3. Culpepper Ranch near Gano Spring (29.308319, -103.373468), Don't know if this the exact location, but it seems worn down next to adjacent areas.  Any idears?
4. G4 Ranch headquarters at Oak Spring aka "Ojo de Chisos" ( 29.282108, -103.336698)  Is this the right location?  Was this also the same place that Homer Wilson had his ranch headquarters? (Homer's house was further down and not at this site.)

Thanks for these BK.  You couldn't even see these with the 2008 imagery.  I wonder what else is out there?
Here is a link to Homer Wilson's surface-water pump patent..

This is very interesting! I need to study this a little more to understand how and why it would replace a stuffing box, but a quick 30 second read seems to indicate that he was using a windmill to push water long distances.

You are our resident windmill expert Quixote Kid.  I'd be interested in what you find out..
« Last Edit: September 25, 2013, 11:15:16 AM by lsnead »

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 05:33:59 PM »
4. G4 Ranch headquarters at Oak Spring aka "Ojo de Chisos" ( 29.282108, -103.336698)  Is this the right location?  Was this also the same place that Homer Wilson had his ranch headquarters?

Seems they are one in the same, or very close to one another, according to the the Soldiers, Ranchers, and Miners of Big Bend book.
On page 160-165 it describes the G4 ranch headquarters at Oak Springs, then Francis Rooney moved his place out there and some 10 years later Homer Wilson set up his headquarters there.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2013, 05:40:52 PM by lsnead »

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2013, 05:46:08 PM »
This is when the collective minds of BBC are brilliant!  The sleuthing of the most minute of details with a minimal amount of factual resources is amazing.   :13: :eusa_clap:
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2013, 06:22:23 PM »
Hey Quixote Kid, check out page 168.

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Adding to the effectiveness of these springs, Mr. Wilson dug a number of wells and installed windmills which pumped water to the more remote areas which were not served by the natural springs.  To improve the effectiveness of the windmills, Mr. Wilson used a special booster pump which he had invented and acquired a patent on.  This pump enabled him to pump water high up on Burro Mesa and other high areas making it possible for livestock to water without having to climb down from the high mesas.  In addition, Mr. Wilson constructed a considerable number of concrete dams, basins, and tanks, all of which tended to make water more accessible for livestock on the ranch."

Now lets see how many dams and tanks we can find..

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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013, 07:44:46 PM »
Originally the G4 Ranch was owned by John Gano. It was about 85 sections. Homer bought 44 sections.

I've be all around Culpepper Ranch near Gano Spring (29.308319, -103.373468), and there is some ranch trash... wire, cans, horseshoes etc. Plenty of water in the Gano Spring complex too.
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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2013, 08:21:39 PM »
Originally the G4 Ranch was owned by John Gano. It was about 85 sections. Homer bought 44 sections.

I've be all around Culpepper Ranch near Gano Spring (29.308319, -103.373468), and there is some ranch trash... wire, cans, horseshoes etc. Plenty of water in the Gano Spring complex too.

Oh yeah......here's one that probably belonged to homer too.....N29.18913 W103.36271
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Re: Homer was an industrious guy
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2013, 10:57:22 PM »
I'm with Mule Ears: You guys are astounding!

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