Kingsville, Texas

January 13, 2013

Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 120 miles from Brownsville to Kingsville, Texas.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

About 75 miles North of Brownsville we passed through a Border Patrol Station with no problems…

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Kingsville is the headquarters of the famous King Ranch which you can read about by clicking their website link…
http://www.king-ranch.com/legacy_overview.html

Here’s a Wikipedia link about King Ranch…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Ranch

Upon arrival we went to the King Ranch Museum…

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The King Ranch Museum is one of those museums that I give a GREAT BIG BOO too because they do not allow photography. Once again and as always, I saw nothing in the museum that would make the World stop turning if a few photos were taken. Most uncommon for me, I did not care for this museum for I saw it as shamelessly flaunting its wealth which I have never cared about. It seems so funny for me to be saying I didn’t enjoy a museum.

After the museum we went to Elks Club #1926 where we parked for the night. The folks there were very friendly…

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They suggested a location where we could plug into electricity so we ended up with this very colorful view from our dinette window…

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Enjoying interesting museums that don’t flaunt their wealth is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!!!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

The weather here in South Texas has been erratic lately. First it’s too hot like in the mid-80′s with high humidity and then it’s too cold with highs in the mid-50′s and mid-30′s at night with the wind …which seldom stops blowing…providing a really chilly wind factor. Like yesterday at 6:00 AM it was 78 degrees and this morning at the same time it was 54 degrees. Crazy!!!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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JOHN SLAUGHTER

March 5, 2012

One of the toughest men the West ever saw was John Slaughter,  a diminutive man who learned young that life was full of cheats, murderers and danger.  A Civil War veteran, trail driver, cattle baron, legislator, lawman and gunslinger, Slaughter was soft-spoken, with hard penetrating eyes and no desire to pick a fight. He simply wanted to raise his cattle and his family.

The Slaughter Ranch is now a museum and sits on the Mexican border. It feels as though you are walking through history to visit this remote site where Geronimo surrendered the last time in Skeleton Canyon about 10 miles distance, where the Mormon Trail and Butterfield stages passed by, and where John Slaughter met Pancho Villa, if met is the proper word. Villa came to his remote ranch with his men. While Slaughter was sitting on his porch watching him, he began to harvest his crops and slaughter some of his cattle. He watched the melee for a day and then mounted his horse to go talk to the bandit. He asked  him for payment.  Villa gave him a bag of gold coins.

Wild West Magazine, the December 1993 issue did an excellent article on Slaughter which is posted in the ranch house where they lived. His father was a Texas Ranger and cattleman. John followed in his footsteps. In Texas, he married and had two children by his first wife who once held off a band of attacking Comanches with a servant and two shotguns. She died shortly after they arrived in Arizona. He married a sixteen year old girl by the name of Viola, and together they built the ranch and lived the wonderful life of  cattle barons in the wilds of Arizona territory.

The ranch is now a tame place with these tiny baby lambs only two days old.

And some handsome long horns,  well fed,  in an enclosed pasture. John Slaughter was one of the first Texans to introduce short horns with long-horned cattle.

I enjoyed the ranch, and the kind of life that was lived here. It was well worth the 16 mile dusty, gravel road to see it, but my mind kept drifting back to John Slaughter and what it took to make Western Arizona a safe and civilized place to live.

To that end, Slaughter became Sheriff of Cochise County and it is said he did more to clean up Arizona than any other man. His method was polite. He would first warn a man to leave town and never come back. Those that didn’t ended up dead in the dust. It is said he killed a lot of men and he did. But, as they say, they needed killin’. That was the way of the West.

He really wanted to live in peace, but he always carried a shotgun and revolvers to do so. He was a wary man, always watched his back. He loved his family and he and Viola adopted an Apache daughter they named Mae. She died young. He and Viola took in many young people, helped them out, gave guidance and support to friends and neighbors.

The ranch is composed of several buildings, all thick adobe that fended off those hot summers. They employed 150 people on the ranch and kept a commissary for the families and neighbors to buy needed goods without having to trail all the way into town. They carried flour, sugar, tobacco, tack, chaps, etc.,  an all around assortment of goods

An artesian well still feeds this small lake beside the ranch house. When John Slaughter bought the 65,000 acres that made up his ranch, the grass was stirrup high. Many springs, and a creek served the ranch until a terrible earthquake in Mexico shifted the plates  in 1937 and the springs and the creek dried up.

We enjoyed photographing this place. It is now a preserve and a bird haven. The rare blue mockingbird was spotted on the ranch and drew 30,000 people to see it.

The Slaughter Ranch was partly in Mexico because nobody really knew where the border was located. It is now very obvious and Jim and I hiked to see the type of fence they use in the wild areas like this that still allow wolves, cougars, leopards, deer, etc. to wander back and forth in their own natural way.

On the 16 mile journey back to the town of Douglas, we met a Border Patrol car every mile, just as we had on the way in. Some have trailers with ATV’s on the back to get out into the desert like a four wheel drive.

This agent is dragging tires to erase any footprints. That way, they can see where any new illegals are trying to cross. John Slaughter also founded the town of Douglas. There is still a bit of wild in the West.

A good website about John Slaughter can be found at this link:
http://www.jcs-group.com/oldwest/saints/slaughter.html

Yesterday we transited the about 175 miles from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to Apache Junction, Arizona….which is about 25 miles east of Phoenix.

Along the way as we traveled north on Arizona Highway 85 and about 30 miles from Mexico we came across a United States Border Patrol checkpoint.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

About another 30 miles north we came across a second checkpoint…

We passed through both checkpoints with no problems.

We decided to press on to Apache Junction where we are parked behind Moose Lodge #2039. This in my home Moose Lodge where I joined a number of years ago. I seldom get back here. Last time was two years ago.

Last night’s sunset wasn’t as pretty as some we have seen recently…

Today we will enter the Golden Sun RV Resort for a ten-day stay during which time we will visit friends in the area.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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Jim says:

Yesterday I drove the about 23 miles South on U.S. Highway 95 to San Luis, Arizona. I parked the Bronco in a small free city parking lot and walked into San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico.

You do not have to show any papers…you just walk through a gate and there you are…in Mexico. I crossed the street and walked about 250 feet and I arrived at his dental office at 118 First Street. I’ve been coming here since 2005.

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Dr. Sergio Bernal and his two assistants.

Dr. Bernal is a Dental Surgeon. He is a very affable fellow, good-natured, friendly, outgoing and speaks good English. He is a graduate of the University of Guadalajara Dental School and the minute he puts his hands in your mouth you get the feeling this guy really knows what he is doing. Everything is clean, all utensils, sealed in plastic, etc… He also wears a face mask and latex gloves.

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His is a two-chair office. The other chair is on the other side of the wall to the right.

I had my teeth cleaned and a filling done for a grand total of $40.00. He provides a lifetime guarantee…you ever have a problem with his work…come back and he will fix it for free.

Here are some of his prices…
$15 – Cleaning
$30 – filling
$130 – Porcelain Crown
$250 – Complete Dentures
$300 – Porcelain dentures
$250 – Partial Metal Plate

His hours…
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sundays 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

From the United States you can call him at:
011-52(653)534-66-51

You can Email him at FAMILYDENTAL_DR.BERNAL@HOTMAIL.COM

If you’ve ever considered going to a Mexican Dentist, I can highly recommend him to you.

The wait to get through U.S. Border Patrol returning to the United States is only about 5 minutes.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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