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Fort Davis National Park Archives - Southwest Sites (1950)

Fort Davis National Historical Site

Silent | 1950

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  •  “Old Fort Davis Boys Camp Summer 1950” 
  •  A metal truss bridge 
  •  Confluence of the Pecos River and the Rio Grande River, US90 Bridge rest area in Val Verde County 
  •  The Jersey Lilly, saloon of infamous Justice of the peace, Phantly Roy Bean Jr. Roy Bean is a Texas legend and is most known for holding court at his saloon in the Chihuahuan Desert. Self-referred to as, “The Law West of the Pecos,” Bean’s reputation comes with an endless amount of eccentric stories. One of the most commonly known is his fining of a corpse $40, the exact amount in the dead man’s pocket. Bean also allegedly only referred to the 1879 edition of Revised Statues of Teas for his rulings and used alternative law books as kindling. Today the Jersey Lilly is the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center.  
  •  “Through the Davis Mountains by Train En Route to Camp” 
  •  A busload of boy scouts arrives at camp 
  •  McDonald Observatory 
  •  “A Glimpse of Ojinaga and the Rio Grande River” in Chihuahua, Mexico 
  •  “Our Trip to Shafter and the Abandoned Silver Mines”  
  •  Abandoned buildings in Shafter, a ghost town in Presidio County. In the early 1900s, Shafter hosted six silver mines after John Spencer and General William R. Shafter found silver deposits. By the mid 1940s, all of the mines closed down and the town died. Shafter is now on the National Registry of Historic Places. 
  •  “Rifle Practice at the Camp” 
  •  “Archery at the Camp” 
  •  “Swimming at Balmorhea, World’s Largest Outdoor Swimming Pool” on the San Solomon Springs in Reeves County 
  •  “Mexican Cowboys Roping Goats” 
  •  “Our Trip to Carlsbad Cavern” in Eddy County, New Mexico 
  •  Fort Davis National Historic Site 
  •  Carlsbad Cavern 
  •  “Visit to Buffalo Trail Boy Scout Ranch in Aguaga Canyon” (This might be referring to Little Aguja Canyon on Mount Locke, next to Balmorhea State Recreation Area) 
  •  “Horseback Riding and the Coral” 
  •  “Closing Exercises” 
  •  A sunset 
 
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This home movie compilation captures the myriad of sites available across West Texas and the Southwest, including the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center, Balmorhea State Park, and the McDonald Observatory. Visiting families enjoy various outdoor recreational activities, such as swimming, horseback riding, and hiking through canyons. The film ends with images of a picturesque sunset.
Brevet Major General Persifor Frazer Smith established Fort Davis in October 1854. Named after Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, the fort is one of the last remaining frontier military posts in the Southwest. The primary goal of the post was to guide travelers through the San Antonio-El Paso Road and to fight the Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache Tribes along the way. However, the federal government ordered the evacuation of the fort at the start of the Civil War. 
 
For the next six years, Fort Davis underwent periods of Confederate occupation, Union occupation, and total desertion. In 1867, Lieutenant Colonel Wesley Merritt and the 9th Cavalry took over the fort and built new accommodations and structures. At its height, it held over 100 structures and housed over 400 troops. However, in 1880, Colonel Bemjamin Grierson of the 10th Cavalry led the last raid against the Apaches and their leader Victorio into Mexico, signaling the end of the Indian Wars in Texas. By 1891, Fort Davis outlived its purpose and was left abandoned. Today is it on the National Registry of Historic Places and remains a frequently visited tourist attraction.
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