Sunday, August 2, 2015

XIT Ranch

This is an interesting picture of a Cowboy Camp on the XIT ranch in Texas. The picture was taken in 1902. The story of the XIT is an interesting one. In the 1800's, Texas needed a new capital building. The building they wanted to build would cost $3,000,000, which at the time was a fortune. To raise money for the building, the state sold a tract of 3,000,000 acres to a group of investors. I have read that there were ten investors, so the X stands for ten . . . XIT stands for Ten In Texas. This ranch became one of the largest ranches in the country.

The rules for cowboys working the XIT were strict, including:
  • No employee was allowed to carry any weapons for offense or self-defense.
  • Gambling or card-playing of any description was strictly prohibited.
  • No liquor or intoxicating beverages were allowed to employees during their time of service.
  • No employees were allowed to hunt wild game on any of the XIT horses.
  • Employees were not allowed to own any of the horses or cattle on the ranch.
I have read some analysis that indicates that if you look at the value of the land that was given for the XIT, including oil and other mineral revenue, it makes the Texas Capitol the most expensive building in the world. Even if this is the case, the Texas Capitol is a beautiful building that we are still quiet proud of.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Back Home

Its official . . . I am back home. So, we will be looking at pictures this week from the great Lone Star State. I wonder if you all were getting tired of Africa pictures while I was in Africa.

I did have a wonderful trip, and it was good to spend time with the lovely Miss EAM. It was wonderful to get to see the work she is doing as a missionary, and to help her for a month.

I did get to see many wonderful things there. Africa is truly a beautiful place.

I did make a quick trip into Uganda, and with the help of a Uganda soldier who had commandeered our car was able to hire a boat on the River Nile. We were able to steam up to the Nile to the headwaters, and we collected water from the spring at the start of the Nile River.

This was a great boat to hire for the adventure. The soldier got us a very good deal. The boat very much reminded me of the one in the old movie, The African Queen.

It was a beautiful day on the nile. A cool 70 degrees, sunny, and just a gentle breeze made for a wonderful trip.

The shores of the nile were beautiful. Uganda has not been deforested, and tropical jungle is everywhere.

We reached the headwaters of the Nile, and filled our bottles with water from the spring feeding the Nile.

So, it was a wonderful trip, and it was good to get to spend time with our daughter. Really looking forward to returning to Africa!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tribesmen by Aeroplane

This is another one of those pictures I love showing the clash of the new and the old. We see traditional African warriors, but in the background a modern (in 1936) British Imperial Aeroplane. What an amazing site the plane must have been to the tribesmen the first time they saw it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Water from the Nile

Today's picture shows the age old tradition of gathering water from the Nile. The picture was takein Sudan in the year 1936, but it could of just as well been 136. Things change slowly in this part of the world, and scenes like this can still be seen today.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shambat Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a remote area near Shambat, Sudan. I like how we see a time and place where the humble donkey was still the prime mode of transportation. Interestingly there are still part of Africa where the Donkey is still King of the Road.

Below is an amazing picture from a remote region of Kenya known as Pokot. In Pokot the Donkey is still King of the Road. This region is known for milk productions and all the little farmers and families have a milk cow or two. The interesting thing is that they milk their cows, load the milk onto their donkey, and then the donkey walks to milk to the dairy on his own. He goes right to where he is supposed to, and waits in line till he is unloaded and then walks home. We also see that people will take their donkey to a water hole, load him with water, and then the donkey will walk the water home on his own, and just stand by the house waiting for someone to unload him. Really amazing. The picture below shows the donkey's going on their own to deliver the milk to the dairy.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The New and the Old

Today's picture might be my favorite one of our Africa Series. I love pictures like this that show the new and the old in the same picture. We see the man on the donkey doing things the way they have been done for thousands of years, and then we see the fancy car in the background. A striking picture from 1936 Sudan.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Villagers Near Khartoum

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows villagers near Khartoum, Sudan. I find it interesting that the African Villages appear to be doing at least as well as many families in the US during this time period. Certainly times were hard in the US in the mid-1930's. Perhaps the days will come again when things are not so different.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Refueling in Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and show a British Imperial Airways plane being refueled in Khartoum, Sudan. Again, a magnificent aeroplane!