Thursday, September 27, 2012
Marfa Burrito and Pancho Villa
Consider this photograph from the collection of the Marfa Public Library in University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History of Mexican refugees fleeing Villa in 1914.
From the Texas State Historical Association's online entry for Presidio County:
"The growth of Presidio County's population in the 1910s reflected the impact of the Mexican Revolution on border life. Refugees migrated to the county from Chihuahua as the fighting moved into northern Mexico. The United States Army established several posts in the county to watch for border incursions. Marfa became the headquarters for the Big Bend Military District, and in 1917 the Army established Camp Marfa, later called Fort D. A. Russell, at Marfa to protect the border. Cavalry posts were established at Shafter, Candelaria, Redford, Presidio, Indio, Ruidosa, and Camp Holland. Raids by Mexican bandits and paramilitary forces invited fierce and sometimes excessive retaliation by the United States military and by the Texas Rangersqv. Incidents like the Brite Ranch Raid, the Neville Ranch Raid, and the Porvenir Massacre spread insecurity and racial hatred throughout the county and the border region."
So while you wait for a huge, wonderful lunch or breakfast, take the time to get a local's spin on that heritage from Marfa Burrito's walls!
Bonus: Special thanks to Stonewear Designs for letting us try some of their fall line...here our Texas Mountain Trail Executive Director is wearing the ready-for-any-adventure Liberty Skort!