“Presidio Focus. Mexican ranch house of stone. Now used as cow camp headquarters for American ranch. Abandoned from spring failure. Lower Chisos Mts. 1937” reads the typed caption on this photograph by J. Charles Kelley. The stone structure behind the truck appears to have had a white-washed adobe plaster. Kelley’s “Presidio Focus” designated the local Anglo ranching and business culture that began to develop in the Big Bend area in the mid-19th century. CBBS Archives, Sul Ross.
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