By Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale

"This is the interesting tale of Howard E. Perry and his Terlingua fiefdom at the fringe of mammoth Bend nationwide Park. Ragsdale's Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos Mining Company could be the simplest publication written at the giant Bend country."—William H. Goetzmann

prior to Terlingua accomplished a few notoriety because the web site of the once a year international Championship Chili Cookoff, the ghost city was once the bustling middle of the mercury mining within the usa. This research, on hand back in a redesigned paperback variation, examines the corporate city and its feudal lord, Chicago industrialist Howard E. Perry, who outfitted a hilltop mansion overlooking the dry domain.

according to many basic resources, Quicksilver is solidly researched and traditionally sound. colour and authenticity come from the author's interviews with such participants as Robert Cartledge, who for almost 3 a long time labored as shop clerk, deciding to buy agent, and eventually basic supervisor of the Chisos Mining corporation in Terlingua.

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This invaluable collection contains Perry's almost daily instructions for conducting every phase of the vast quicksilver operation and Cartledge's comprehensive responses. That Cartledge did not live to see the completion of this history of the company for which he gave so much is the only disappointing aspect of this project. Quotations from documents and correspondence have been faithfully transcribed, including lapses in spelling and usage, but these slips pass unremarked, to spare the reader a proliferation of sics.

24 Although still sparsely settled the remote lands bordering Terlingua Creek had passed into the hands of the cattleman. The new tenant's hold on the land would be brief, however, as the next step in the settlement process was at hand. Settlement begets settlement, and through three and one-half centuries of exploration, occupation, and reoccupation however tenuous the settlement pattern of the Big Bend emerges as a microcosm of the classic frontier experience. A series of eight sequential frontiers are definable and each progresses in logical order the Indian, the explorer, the trader, the soldier, the rancher, and the farmer.

P. 69. 12 Madison, Big Bend Country, pp. 178-179. Page 17 letter to the Engineering and Mining Journal-Press in 1924, he stated: ''I was one of the first men to know anything about the Terlingua quicksilver. "13 He added that the land had not been properly surveyed. Not until the summer of 1898 were the owners sure of the extent of their holdings. "14 By the close of the century the word was out quicksilver had been discovered in the Big Bend of Texas! 15 From the beginning the name "Terlingua" identified the quicksilver producing area, and by 1904 developments in the Terlingua Quicksilver District were reported in the professional engineering and mining journals.

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