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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: CLAIREMONT, TEXAS – a West Texas ghost town

In the center of Kent County Texas is Clairemont – the formal county seat and now a ghost town.  Clairemont was established in 1892, located on land owned by R.L. Rhomberg, a local rancher.  The new town was named after his niece, Claire Becker.   The town soon had several stores, a bank, a newspaper, […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: TEXAS RANCHES

The 1960’s were the golden age of the TV Western.  Many of the shows were centered around large cattle ranches.  Like other boys, the cowboys on TV were my heroes.  I would often dream of living on the Barkley Ranch, from the Big Valley or the Ponderosa Ranch from Bonanza – alway wanted to be […]

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FOCUS ON THE BACKROADS: GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

The Guadalupe Mountains National Park, located in west Texas, is a center of geological wonderment.  This area preserves some of the exposed remains of the Capitan Reef, one of the worlds finest examples of ancient barrier reefs.  Seawater and decade marine organisms deposited lime along the shelf of the Delaware Basin of the Permian Sea, forming […]

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