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J. O. Langford

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Offline canyonman

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J. O. Langford
« on: March 24, 2006, 08:47:15 AM »
I visited Big Bend for the first time last year and got pretty well hooked. The vastness is incredible.

Later I looked up and ordered a book written by J. O. Langford, the homesteader who developed the Hot Springs. It was a folksy but pretty interesting story of his move down there in 1909, with a pregnant wife and an eighteen month old daughter.

The book is "Big Bend, A Homesteaders Story", by J. O. Langford with Fred Gipson. I believe I got it through www.bookfinder.com

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Offline Desert Rat

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2006, 08:57:51 AM »
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The book is "Big Bend, A Homesteaders Story", by J. O. Langford with Fred Gipson. I believe I got it through www.bookfinder.com

An excellent book.  I t would have been fascinating to see the Big Bend in those days when the grass cover was much better.

Welcome to the group.

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Offline Jim

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J. O. Langford
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2006, 09:43:48 AM »
The Big Bend Natural History Association sells tons of BB related books (including Langford's), maps, and posters online at www.BigBendBookstor e.org.  I know they would appreciate any business, and it helps the park to boot!

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J. O. Langford
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2006, 09:48:39 AM »
I try to buy a book every time I'm at the park, my favorite so far:

Beneath the Window, by Patricia Wilson Clothier

Good story and lots of interesting photos.
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J. O. Langford
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2006, 10:16:33 AM »
In actually heard  Patricia Wilson Clothier speak for a few minutes at the "Pioneer Reunion" in February a few years ago.  It was interesting to hear that her family had "ordered" their house beneath the window at Oak Springs from Sears Roebuck.

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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006, 10:39:28 AM »
I saw the "Sears House" in 1959 during my first visit to BBNP before the NPS tore it down.  I have a slide of it somewhere.  If I can find it I will scan it and upload it to this site.

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Sears
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2006, 11:10:39 AM »
I saw some Sears houses in Longmont CO lately, I was told that these little box homes are really expensive these days.

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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2006, 11:52:25 AM »
Last time I was in the Hot Springs area, I hiked up the slope along the rough path described in the book to find the ruins of the Langfords' house. There is an easier path, up the remains of an old road running behind the old store and above the old motel. The ruin sits on a precipice overlooking the Rio Grande with a stunning view of the Sierra del Carmen:

A glimpse of the Langfords' house

Having read the book, it was a neat experience being up there on that cliff and picturing what life was like there.
Jeff Blaylock
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Re: Langford's House Ruins
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2006, 03:42:18 PM »
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"
Last time I was in the Hot Springs area, I hiked up the slope along the rough path described in the book to find the ruins of the Langfords' house. There is an easier path, up the remains of an old road running behind the old store and above the old motel. The ruin sits on a precipice overlooking the Rio Grande with a stunning view of the Sierra del Carmen


Hi Jeff!  Last year, you shared with me the path behind the store and old motel.  You are right...what a great view it is when you get up there.  It is neat to just sit there a while and think about what it must have been like almost 100 years ago...

BBH

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J. O. Langford
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2006, 04:36:36 PM »
I'll tell you what it was like 100 years ago:  lots of hard work, no air conditioning, no gps, no television, no computers, Mexican raiders threatening to kill you, no refridgeration, and no indoor plumbing.

Still sounds more fun than sitting in my cubicle all day!
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2006, 05:01:18 PM »
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Still sounds more fun than sitting in my cubicle all day!


amen to that!
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2006, 06:44:02 PM »
R U NOT expected to be in Bastrop this weekend?  Take some pics and post them in the off topic area or some place like that.  Take the clubs with you, not a bad course there.  Should be a great weekend to enjoy the outdoors.  I'll be in College Station shortly.

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J. O. Langford
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2006, 09:14:17 AM »
I seem to have stumbled onto a group of well read, spoken, and educated folks!

Thanks for the welcome, DR.

Jim, you're right, I'd never come up with the Park bookstore in my googling, and it makes sense to throw business their way.

Jeff, thanks for the picture of Langfords old place. It makes it easier to imagine the clouds rolling over the Carmens that Langford described. Nice website, by the way. I clicked on the 'carnage' pic, what happened, did a mountain lion get you? :lol:

I think I'll get "Beneath the Window" next. I really like old pioneer diaries and  books.

I usually hike canyons in the four corner states looking for Anasazi ruins and rock art, and research the areas and their history. I've just recently been doing Texas and there is more rock art than I would have imagined.

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Rock Art
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2006, 12:17:50 PM »
Here are some links for West Texas rock art sites:

Rock Art Foundation

Seminole Canyon

Hueco Tanks
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http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/el-saloacuten/joe-a-memorial/

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Offline canyonman

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J. O. Langford
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2006, 07:22:34 PM »
Thanks, Joe!
"Here, where I can stand in silent air under a starry sky watching the lightning show of a storm that's so far away the thunder never reaches me."
-Kent Frost, "My Canyonlands"

 


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