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Question:There is a song titled "The Gringo Pistolero", about the kidnapping of a rancher's wife and her rescue by a hired Gringo. The song mentioned Boquillas, Marathon, Castelon, and Ojinaga. Some people claim the song is based at least partly on real events, others say it's just fiction. I couldn't find anyone in the area who had even heard of it, so I'm guessing it's fiction. But maybe I wasn't asking the right people.What do you know?
........Spent most of a very windy day dodging tumbleweeds in northern TX. Like an autocross with moving cones. Hard work.........The weather was cloudy, chilly, and windy for the whole trip. This is the third time we've had that experience, I've finally figured out that there is no place in the continental United States where one can expect nice weather in January/February, no matter how south. We've had the same experience in SW Florida. You might get lucky, but don't count on it. We spent much less time outside than we wanted.Despite all this, I wouldn't mind coming back some April.
But as the old saying goes, "It's all true, or at least it should be!"
I should've spelled it "Matlack". The best source is probably Elton Miles, More Tales From the Big Bend. It has a chapter: "Bandit, Cowboy, and Trooper: Chico Cano, Evan Means, and Captain Matlack".
I remember holding a copy of that book in one of the stores in/around BBNP. Too bad I didn't realize what I had.It's listed on Amazon, can someone tell me if it sheds any light on the Gringo Pistolero story?
Chico Cano was a very interesting and divisive figure along the frontera during the revolution. Here's an article written by historian Glenn Justice about Cano:http://www.rimrockpress.com/blog/index.php?entry=entry080824-100349
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