The destination was Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus Texas. The park was named for Pancho Villa the Mexican general who pulled off an attack against the small town in 1915, killing mostly civilians and torching a few buildings.
Interesting note on aviation!
There are remnants of the troop build up here in Columbus and a decent number of the original buildings, but not much money has been spent on preservation.
The Park does have a quality little museum though and the town has set up the old train depot into a nice museum of rail road and local artifacts. I really did enjoy visiting both.
In the park museum, a cloth bi-plane hung from the ceiling.
General Pershings personal Dodge Touring Car (Yes, he traveled along with his troops, but in the back seat of this car. By the way, he found chasing Mexican soldiers was more effective using these cars rather than on horseback, so he ordered 250 more cars!
Note the hand controlled spark advance and throttle under the steering wheel. This was common on vehicles prior to 1920. My father had a boat with a Model B Ford engine in it and I remember as a kid being allowed to drive it on fishing trips.. Cool stuff, history.
Even the drive train was simple chain drive... It was the years before the differential gear system was worked out for mass production in vehicles.
A French early model machine gun with a flat magazine was often used by our troops in daytime skirmishes but the soldiers often installed the magazine upside down at night causing failure, so this gun saw little use.
This area was used as a trade route to California, so wagons were common. This one was still in very good condition. Dry climate does help preserve.
In town, there is little to see except the evidence of time and poverty.
However I ate lunch at a la Casita restaurant... a throw back to the 50's with Mexican flair of color.
the food was good but twice the volume and price I would normally wish for lunch but I chose "the Special". Left overs were at hand.
I ate a late lunch at good restaurant in Mexico, just a block away from the dividing Border Patrol station. Outside was a wonderful and very large statue of Pershing on the left and Pancho Villa on right. They actually did meet years later and did shake hands.
A couple of young Indian girls work the street with their mother and grandmother but I chuckled how they played together in the courtyard, when they were given some time off. See video..
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