Bead-Camp Holland Striped Glass Rectangle TB
Friday, 03 March 2017
Texas, United States
In Canyon Doux Chey
This is not collectible.
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About This Item
This is one of a series of large beads obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs. They are named for Texas towns with interesting names or histories. Much of the text is from the online Handbook of Texas or texasescapes.com.
Vieja Pass is in the Sierra Vieja is on private land twelve miles west of Valentine in the Sierra Vieja in Presidio County. The Pass is historically an avenue of traffic between the Rio Grande and Mexico to the west and the US interior to the east. ZH Canyon (the entrance to the Pass) has a good supply of water and grass. In 1880, the pass was the scene of the last Apache attack in Presidio County; on that day four Pueblo Indian scouts and Lt. Frank H. Mills of the Twenty-fourth United States Infantry fought off twenty Apaches.
Camp Holland (sometimes called Fort Holland) is at the entrance to ZH Canyon. It was constructed in 1918 at the mouth of ZH Canyon after raids on the Brite and Neville ranches by Mexican bandits. The location effectively blockaded Viejo Pass. The buildings of the camp were made of stone and wood.
Although soldiers seldom lived there, Camp Holland had two barracks that could house up to 400 men, four officers' houses, a mess hall, and a guardhouse. The soldiers' everyday needs were met by a bakery, a corral, a blacksmith shop, and a quartermaster store. Since the area afforded a good supply of springwater, the camp had a sewer system and a shower house. However, by 1921 the army began phasing out border patrols in Presidio County. Camp Holland was closed and leased to civilians including Texas Rangers and customs and immigration border patrols. Many of the deserted buildings are still standing today.
The writer conducted research in the canyon in the 1960s and 70s. There were many occasions, night and day, when he and illegal aliens surprised each other. And, as an aside, there is no other location in Texas where so many bat species (15) may be observed.
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