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      • HISTORY REPEATS AGAIN AT CANDELARIA
        05/31/08
        Once again it is happening at Candelaria. Nothing-new when innocent law abiding folks come under the gun of politically motivated military style repression. Fear and intimidation is always the common element and the bad guys end up smiling. This comes as no surprise to those of us who study and inte

      • CANDELARIA FOOTBRIDGE PHOTOS FROM CLARA LONG OF BORDERSTORIES.ORG
        05/28/08
        The below photos of the Candelaria footbridge have been graciously provided from Clara Long for Borderstories.org. Thanks Clara! Gj

      • TO BLAME INDIVIDUAL BORDER PATROL AGENTS MISLEADING
        05/27/08
        Some blame individual United States Border Patrol agents for the recent order to destroy the Candelaria, Texas, footbridge across the Rio Grande. This may be misleading. The removal order probably came through a maze of bureaucratic channels before reaching the desk of Sector Chief Smietana at Marf

      • U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION SENDS CANDELARIA BRIDGE REMOVAL ORDER TO WRONG LANDOWNER
        05/25/08
        In a strange turn of events Chief Patrol Agent John J. Smietana, Jr. of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on May 20th. Fed Exed the following letter demanding Fred Nelan of the Coal Mine Ranch tear down or block the Candelaria footbridge in 60 days. While Fred is an owner of the Coal Mine Ranch

      • LAJITAS CLOSING OF THE CROSSING, WILL THE SAME HAPPEN AT CANDELARIA?
        05/24/08
        Some years ago, the Border Patrol closed the Lajitas crossing. The effects were terrible on the good and decent local people just across the river. Please take a look at the Borderstories.org film: http://borderstories.org/index.php/laji
        Gj

      • THE BRIDGE ISSUE FROM BORDERSTORIES.ORG
        05/24/08
        April 19, 2008 -- The footbridge between Candelaria, Texas and San Antonio del Bravo, Chihuahua may be one of the last "informal" crossings along the eastern U.S.-Mexico border.

        The two communities connected by the bridge, which crosses a diminutive Rio Grande on gapped wooden

      • CANDELARIA BRIDGE REMOVAL IS JUST WRONG!
        05/24/08
        Few outsiders really understand the impact of the Departmant of Homeland Security's order to tear down the Candelaria bridge. The only nearby medical clinic is at San Antonio del Bravo just across the river from Candelaria and the bridge is a vital link to many of us who never know when we need

      • OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESSMAN RODRIGUEZ
        05/23/08
        To Congressman Ciro Rodriguez: subject, the recent Homeland Security ordered dismantling of the suspension footbridge across Rio Grande at Candelaria, Texas, in Presidio County.

        Sir, we met at Rocksprings, Texas, a few months back when you graciously attended the homecoming for former E

      • CANDELARIA BRIDGE MAY SOON BE HISTORY
        05/23/08
        Recently the Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to the Candelaria owners demanding the little foot bridge across the Rio Grande be removed. Details are sketchy but the owners met with federal agents to discuss their concerns about tearing down the bridge. One report I have heard says that

      • PLEASE HELP GODE!
        05/20/08
        Gode Davis is a wonderfully talented filmmaker and writer. I have known him since 2002 when he contacted me about the Porvenir massacre and came to west Texas to film Juan Flores and document first hand that terrible day in 1918 at Porvenir. Gode is producing a documentary titled: "American Lyn

      • COOL OLD PHOTO
        05/19/08
        I can now post photos on the blog. My friend Billy Ray sent me the following photo. Its not Texas but a picture of Sheriff Hugh Porter (right) made in 1915 at the Log Saloon in Douglas, Arizona. Thanks Billy Roy! Also thanks to my web wizard Mike Middleton.

      • PORVENIR COMMENTS FROM AFGHANISTAN
        05/18/08
        Dear Glenn, 18 May 2008

        I am Jim Willeford, Glenn Willeford is my father. If we met years earlier, I hope you will forgive me for not remembering. Regardless, I have read your Porvenir article over and again; I find it and the accompanying photos fascinating.

        I first read of th

      • GODE DAVIS
        05/16/08
        Friday, May 16, 2008, 06:01 PM
        Hello everyone.I appreciate the fact that more ballistics have been recently found at the Porvenir Massacre site where I took a crew to film in 2002.

        I am starting to recover my health and would like to return to production and complete American Lynchin

      • GODE DAVIS AND THE JUAN FLORES INTERVIEW: AN UPDATE
        05/16/08
        Several years ago, documentary filmmaker Gode Davis videotaped an interview with Juan Flores, the last living survivor of the Porvenir massacre. Davis has written and produced a number of films over more than 20 years including The Nature of Biology; Winter: The Saint Paul-Sapporo Connection: The Pa

      • BLOG ARCHIVES SEARCH
        05/12/08
        Glenn's Texas History Blog contains many archived articles and book reviews. If you wish to search the archive simply type your topic into the search box. Example, if you are interested in articles on Porvenir simply type Porvenir in the search box and the archived articles will come up. Gj

      • A MEXICAN PIONEER'S LIFE IN THE BIG BEND
        05/10/08
        I read your piece on the Porvenir Massacre with great interest. You see my great-grandfather was Federico Villalba (1858-1933) who, at the time of the killings, had a Warrant of Authority from the Texas Rangers. Federico's 20,000 acre Rancho Barras was located in Burro Mesa. When word got back

      • YESTERDAY'S BIG BEND NEWS: BORDER CROSSED AFTER BANDITS
        05/05/08
        U.S. CAVALRY AND AIRMEN HUNT BANDITS

        San Antonio Evening News-Tuesday-August 19, 1919. "American cavalrymen and airplanes crossed the border at Candelaria, Texas this morning at daybreak in pursuit of the Mexican bandits who kidnapped Lieutenants H. G. Peterson and Paul H. Davis, Uni

      • YESTERDAY'S BIG BEND NEWS: MEXICANS KILL TWO TEXANS IN AMBUSH
        05/04/08
        The Galveston Daily, May 27-1915. "A Texas ranger and a river guard have been ambushed and killed by Mexicans near Pilares, on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, according to official advices received today by Adjutant General Hutchings from Marfa, Texas. Ranger Winfield F. Hulen, brother of fo

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