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David Williams Tour Part 9 — Hueco Tanks Continued


Hueco Tanks State Park-059Last week I hinted to you the importance of the wetlands located within Hueco Tanks.  Beginning over 10,000 years ago this oasis supplied critically needed water to the Clovis and later Folsom Paleo-Indian cultures.  Later cultures supported here were the Mesilla and Doña Ana phases, stretching into the Mogollon Culture which I detailed in my series on the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (links to Part 1Part 2, and  Part 3) .   Eventually the Mescalero Apache moved into the area

Sand Verbana

Sand Verbana

More recently (1857-1861) Hueco Tanks served as a convenient watering hole for the famous but short-lived Butterfield Overland Mail Trail that connected St. Louis to San Francisco, since Hueco Tanks was still some 30 very long and trying miles/48 kilometers from the settlement of Franklin (later called El Paso).

Butterfield Overland Trail Map

 So, as you can see, Hueco Tanks has a long and very rich history.  But history didn’t just end here with the demise of the Butterfield Overland Mail Trail.  There was another chapter would begin with the arrival of U.S. Cavalry troops, and eventually the 25th Infantry Regiment, one of the four established  Buffalo Soldier Regiments that helped to tame the Wild West during the height of the Indian Wars.  And, yes, these troops did indeed quench their thirsts here at Hueco Tanks on their many patrols away from Fort Bliss.

Buffalo Soldiers at El Paso’s Fort Bliss in 1916

A little shocking trivia for you:

Question:  In what year did the American Indian Wars end?

Answer:  1924

That’s right.  Less than 100 years ago, after World War I and during the Roaring Twenties.  Just think about that for a moment.  When the Roy Rogers Show aired in 1951, the American Indian Wars were still recent history having ended only 27 years prior.  Have Gun – Will Travel was only 33 years removed, and The Rifleman a mere 34 years after the last raid in Southern Arizona at the end of the Renegade Period and the Apache Wars.  The Mexican Indian Wars would last yet another nine years — until 1933.  No wonder Westerns were so popular in the 1950s-1960s.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site

And here is today’s photo gallery (check out the Victory Claim following the gallery):

Victory is Mine (I hope):  My long-standing battle with the Destinary website, owner Sonia Bosquez-Platt, and her business Indianapolis Tour & Travel may at long last have come to an end.  As you’ll recall Destinary has repeatedly and without permission or compensation used my travel blog posts for commercial gain.  They did so without proper attribution and with “links” that went nowhere, all the while claiming that my posts were, “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary,” thereby falsely (and I believe deliberately) implying that they had originated the material.

Apparently Destinary got tired of running on their own website my rant on their ludicrous claim to my intellectual property.  They haven’t reposted any of my material for quite some time now.  I guess they tired of their own site calling attention to potential clients that they were claiming as their own material to which they did not have rights or permission to use.

But I’m cautious in my optimism. I almost declared victory once before after a months-long absence of such repostings, only to have Destinary start up again.  Rest assured, however, that if Destinary slides back into their wanton ways I will without hesitation declare war once again.  And it’ll get even uglier next time.

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Fun Photo Friday — David Williams at Hueco Tanks 1


 

Bench and Boulder

Bench and Boulder

This Fun Photo Friday and next I’ll be presenting to you some of my favorite shots from this outing with David Williams to Hueco Tanks.  Here is today’s photo album:

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with her or her company.

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David Williams Tour Part 8 — Hueco Tanks Continued


Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park holds an incredibly diverse set of attractions.  Divided into four distinct “mountains” — North Mountain, East Mountain, West Mountain, and East Spur — only the North Mountain has unrestricted, unguided access.  There is however a trail that skirts the northern edge of East Mountain that also grants limited unguided access, but not to the mountain itself.

Hueco Tanks Trees

Hueco Tanks Trees

One of the attractions in the Hueco Tanks park is it’s wetland, a oasis of accumulated rainwater surrounded by the high desert.  In this oasis you will find lush, green pasture and some excellent birding opportunities, with 200 species of bird quenching their thirst here and 44 species using this area as a breeding ground.  The wetland contained here also holds enough moisture to support seven distinct amphibian species — six types of toad and one species of salamander.

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks Wetland

And then there’s the abundant plant life all this moisture supports, including everything from Mexican (Red) Bird of Paradise to honey and velvet mesquites.

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Mesquite and Mexican Bird of Paradise

Downy Seedlings

Downy Seedlings

Ancient petroglyphs share rock space alongside much more recent pictograph inscriptions dating back to 19th Century cowboys and settlers.

Hueco Tanks Petroglyphs

Hueco Tanks Petroglyphs

Despite all these attractions, however, it’s the boulder “mountains” that attract the most attention and which have earned Hueco Tanks the distinction of being a world-class bouldering site.

Hueco Tanks Boulders

Hueco Tanks Boulders

Hueco Tanks — World-Class Bouldering

Hueco Tanks — World-Class Bouldering

Hueco Tanks

Hueco Tanks

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with her or her company.

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