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Eighty pictures of Palo Duro Canyon shared

CANYON, TX – Palo Duro Canyon is Amarillo’s playground. While living in the area, I visited the landmark to hike, see nature and renew my wellbeing. I love the ruggedness and warmth of the landscape. Here are eighty pictures of those adventures available for download and reuse including images of cliffs, trails, vegetation and more. View Flickr album: Palo Duro Canyon.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park | (CC BY-ND 4.0)

Western Frontier Days 2018

SHEFFIELD, TX – Quiet Fort Lancaster came alive for Western Frontier Days. On the third weekend in May, we visited and saw a variety of presenters and reenactors. Friendly camels stole the show.

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Staff from Fort McKavett gave an overview of the signal corp and the telegraph. Before the advent of electronic messaging, the Army used a signal method called wig wag, the waving of red and white flags to communicate binary messages over long distances. Railroads used telegraphy before the army. However, US troops installed transmission lines to Forts Concho, Stockton, and Bliss before trains reached El Paso.

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Sahawe Dancers of Uvalde performed Native American dance on Saturday. Organized by a scoutmaster in the 1950s, they brought a sixty-year tradition with them. The troop gave a detailed description before each dance.

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Visitors encountered a variety of gentle creatures from horses to cattle. However, the camels stole the show. We learned they are stronger than horses and have an energy efficient digestive track. Used on Lower Road as pack animals before the Civil War, they disappeared from service when US troops returned to Texas.

Fort Lancaster is a window into the history of transportation and the settling of the southwest. The annual Western Frontier Days is a great time to visit.

Links:

Texas Camel CorpSahawe Dancers | Fort Lancaster

Travel Texas Pecos Trail

MIDLAND, TX – Texas Heritage Trails Program has much to offer. We went to the Petroleum Musem to see a presentation on the history of the Pecos Trail. As part of HemisFair ’68 held in San Antonio, Texas established ten driving tours to promote tourism in the state. Govoner John Connally championed the project. Today Pecos Trail links frontier forts, state parks, historic homes, museums and more.

texaspecostrail.com | petroleummuseum.org

Slow down in Fort Stockton

FORT STOCKTON, TX – From roadrunners to road races, Fort Stockton has much to see. We saw the fort’s old cemetery, talked history with a resident and took pictures. Also we stopped at the historical marker for Mr. and Mrs. Isaac J Rude’s stagecoach station located eight miles west of town; it offered a vast view of the Trans-Pecos with blue mountains on the horizon. Trucks rumbled on the Interstate.

For more information visit: Annie Riggs Memorial Museum, and Historic Fort Stockton.

Travel back in time on San Antonio-El Paso Road

FORT DAVIS, TX – Find forgotten roads. Plotted by the army during the California Gold Rush in 1849, San Antonio-El Paso Road stretched 600 miles over West Texas allowing trade, supplies, and settlers to travel over the country of the Devils River and the Trans-Pecos. It served as a mail route to San Diego and vanished after railroads reached El Paso in the early 1880s. Today it links historical sites: Casa Navarro, Landmark Inn, Fort Lancaster, Fort Davis, and Magoffin Home. Visit http://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites

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