First we stopped at the old Terlingua cemetery. It is still an 'active' one but has lots of old and interesting grave sites.
We continued on and drove along the Rio Grande. The views were spectacular.
Next, we stopped at Fort Leaton which is located between Redmond and Presido. It was one of the earliest trading posts on the Chihuahua Trail. It stretches from Chihuahua, Mexico to Santa Fe.
We saw an early version of an ox cart used to carry supplies to the frontier post.
This state historic was impressive and definitely worth the stop. It was in excellent shape and had been restored in a realistic way. Sometimes I think historical sites get 'restored' to a better condition than the residents ever experienced while they lived in them. I think life was hard back then and people didn't have the resources to make their homes much more than basically adequate. Now they are show cases and while quite interesting, I wonder how close it is now to how it was then.
Our last stop for the day was in Marfa which is another historical town about 24 miles from Alpine, Texas.
Driving into town, we saw the majestic Presido County Courthouse. Then we saw the 'Ride of a Lifetime' parked along the street. Then on the outskirts of Marfa, we saw the viewing area for the famous 'Marfa Lights' which are an unexplained phenomenon.
We returned to our campsite at Alpine after another great day trip. Though it was a long distance between the items of interest, it is a beautiful and interesting part of the country. We are glad we got to see the Big Bend Ranch State Park and surrounding areas.
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