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Near Comstock in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore

 
 
The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore Marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 29, 2012
1. The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore Marker
Inscription. Noted for mineral-thick waters and sudden floods, the Pecos River snakes through Texas on its way to the Rio Grande. Historian J. Evetts Haley and folklorist J. Frank Dobie, who called it “a strange river,” and a “barricade,” are among many who have immortalized the Pecos in writing. Zane Grey wrote, "Rising clear and cold in the mountains of northern New Mexico, its pure waters cut through rough country that changed its flood to turbid red." Storytellers have likened the river and the arid land along it to hell, death and violence. A natural border for several counties, the Pecos is where the mythic Wild West begins, the land that produced the legendary Judge Roy Bean and fabled Pecos Bill.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13410.)
 
Location. 29° 42.367′ N, 101° 21.213′ W. Marker is near Comstock, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 90 0.6 miles east of U.S. 90, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pecos River Scenic Overlook, Comstock TX 78837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pecos River High Bridge (a few
The Pecos River looking upstream at the marker location image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, May 29, 2012
2. The Pecos River looking upstream at the marker location
One of three markers placed at the Pecos River Scenic Overlook. A must stop for any traveller on U.S. Hwy 90.
steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 (a few steps from this marker); Near Site, Southern Pacific Ceremony of Silver Spike (approx. 4.6 miles away); Site of Vinegarroon (approx. 4.6 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 4.6 miles away); Comstock (approx. 11 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 14 miles away); Robert Thomas Hill (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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