Our South West Erna Fergusson

ISBN: 9781406743005

Published: March 1st 2007

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420 pages


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Our South West  by  Erna Fergusson

Our South West by Erna Fergusson
March 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 420 pages | ISBN: 9781406743005 | 6.53 Mb

SOUTHWEST B Y ERNA FERGUSSON PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUTH FRANK AND OTHERS isyssi Uuii j SMli ALFRED-A KNOPF NEW Y O B K 1946 oor CLARA HUNING FERGUSSON DAUGHTER OF PIONEERS and a REAL SOUTHWESTERNER ACKNOWLEDGMENTS T is IMPOSSIBLE to thank by name all the people who have helped me to write this hook, because there are so many and because I have learned from them all my life in private talk and by watching them live.

It is impractical to name the specialists in many lines who have given me valuable assistance by lending me reports and manuscripts, by discussing them with me, and by reading and criticizing certain of my chapters. They have put me right on facts my conclusions are my own.

And as it frequently happens that my consultants in official or academic positions do not agree with me, or with each other, I should do them no service by naming them. So I limit my self to thanking them thus in anonymity. I may and do with real gratitude mention Miss Wilma Shelton, Librarian of the University of New Mexico, and her assistants, who have been most patient and painstaking in meeting my trying re quirements. I also am deeply indebted to Dr. Dorothy Woodward, Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, who has gen erously given much time to reading my manuscript and checking it for historical errors.

CONTENTS i WHAT is THE SOUTHWEST 3 H FORT WORTH is WHERE CATTLE BEGIN 21 HI SAN ANTONIO is SPAIN IN TEXAS 40 iv THE BORDER AND BORDER PEOPLE 56 v EL PASO, CROSSROADS OF THE SOUTHWEST 75 vi TUCSON DESERTS AND DUDES 94 VH BROKEN POTS AND PREHISTORIC PEOPLE 113 VHI UNCLE SAMS SOUTHWEST 133 ix PHOENIX AND THE DESERT RECLAIMED 154 x PRESCOTT AND Two WOMEN 172 xi FRED HARVEY, CTVILIZER 190xii GALLUP AND THE NAVAJOS 208 xni ALBUQUERQUE, HEART OF THE WELL COUNTRY 227 CONTENTS xiv VILLAGES OF THE SAINTS 246 xv SANTA FE is ALWAYS SANTA FE 265 xvi THE PEOPLE OF THE PUEBLOS 284 xvii TAOS AND THE ARTISTS 303 xviii THE HIGH PLAINS ARE THE FORTY-NINTH STATE 321 xix DANCES, FIESTAS, FAIRS, AND RODEOS 340 xx THE INTERPRETERS 357 INDEX follows page 376 ILLUSTRATIONS Desert Cactus 18 Cowboy with a herd of yearlings 19 Modern cattle are sleek and curly 19 The Mission of La Concepcidn at San Antonio 50 The San Antonio River meanders through the city 50 Santa Helena Canyon on the Big Bend of the Rio Grande 51 The Joshua Tree.

Desert growth makes beauty out of its struggle for water 114 Irrigation ditches can turn deserts into fertile fields 114 Montezumas Castle 9 Arizona. Many prehistoric people made homes in cliffs 115 The patient plodding burro has hauled water across the desert 146 Boulder Dam, the most stupendous irrigation project 146 The greatest yellow pine forest in the United States crosses New Mexico and Arizona 147 Who can describe the Grand Canyon 210 The young Navajo tries to adapt to a changing world 211 A Navajo Family making camp before a dance 211 WHAT IS THE SOUTHWEST f-JTH 4 X HE SOUTHWEST is NOT, LIKE OTHER SECTIONS OF THE United States, exactly bounded.

Dixie lies south of Mason and Dixons line, and its eastern and southern boundaries are indisputably the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. New England is beyond controversy, largely because New York would not permit of being linked with New England nor New England with New York. But lines west of the first set tlements have always been variable. Time was when Ohio was West, Alabama and Tennessee Southwest.

Someof us go east to Kansas City, noting on the trains that men have shrunk in height and width of shoulders and of hat. Chicago is altogether East, where travelers run to paunches, stiff manners, even derbies, and are distinctly short of stature.

Geographically Southwest should be where South and West have crossed. Take everything south of Mason and Dixons line extended to the Pacific and west of the Mississippi, and what do you get You get the southwestern part of the United States, certainly, but not the Southwest. The Southwest is a 3



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