By Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale
sooner than Terlingua accomplished a few notoriety because the website of the yearly global Championship Chili Cookoff, the ghost city used to be the bustling middle of the mercury mining within the usa. This research, to be had back in a redesigned paperback version, examines the corporate city and its feudal lord, Chicago industrialist Howard E. Perry, who outfitted a hilltop mansion overlooking the dry domain.
according to many fundamental assets, Quicksilver is solidly researched and traditionally sound. colour and authenticity come from the author's interviews with such participants as Robert Cartledge, who for almost 3 many years labored as shop clerk, buying agent, and eventually common supervisor of the Chisos Mining corporation in Terlingua.
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Goad, Laurance and Drury Phillips at Chisos No. 4 shaft, 1906 Chisos No. 1 shaft, 1906 Howard E. Perry and Johan August Udden Robert L. Cartledge Wayne R. Cartledge Eugene Cartledge Furnace employee "working" soot saturated with quicksilver Furnace employees charging retort with cinnabar ore Quicksilver flasks awaiting shipment Mule-drawn freight wagons The Chisos Hotel at Terlingua The Chisos company store The Terlingua stage Mexican water boy and burro Terlingua water works in 1938 and Perry mansion Mexican section of Terlingua from the Chisos Store The Terlingua jail Disputed area in the Chisos underground invasion suit Rainbow staff and survey crew at northeast corner of Section 70 Site of Chisos underground invasion "Stornaway," Perry's Maine estate Perry at the helm of his yacht Perry at Terlingua, 1930s Ruins of Perry School at Terlingua Terlingua today following page 172 Map Terlingua Quicksilver District page 37 Page xi Foreword The creosote bush kills any growth within the area over which it drips.
Brobst and Walden P. , United States Mineral Resources, Geological Survey Professional Paper 820, p. 403. 9 William P. Blake, "Cinnabar in Texas," in Transactions of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, XXV: 69. , p. 68. , p. 69. 12 Madison, Big Bend Country, pp. 178-179. Page 17 letter to the Engineering and Mining Journal-Press in 1924, he stated: ''I was one of the first men to know anything about the Terlingua quicksilver. "13 He added that the land had not been properly surveyed. Not until the summer of 1898 were the owners sure of the extent of their holdings.
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