The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History of La Junta de Rios

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Not quite the United States and not quite Mexico, La Junta de los Rios straddles the border between Texas and Chihuahua, occupying the basin formed by the conjunction of the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the Chihuahuan Desert, ranking in age and dignity with the Anasazi pueblos of New Mexico.

In the first comprehensive history of the region, Jefferson Morgenthaler traces the history of La Junta de los Rios from the ...

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Overview

Not quite the United States and not quite Mexico, La Junta de los Rios straddles the border between Texas and Chihuahua, occupying the basin formed by the conjunction of the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the Chihuahuan Desert, ranking in age and dignity with the Anasazi pueblos of New Mexico.

In the first comprehensive history of the region, Jefferson Morgenthaler traces the history of La Junta de los Rios from the formation of the Mexico-Texas border in the mid-19th century to the 1997 ambush shooting of teenage goatherd Esquiel Hernandez by U.S. Marines performing drug interdiction in El Polvo, Texas. "Though it is scores of miles from a major highway, I found natives, soldiers, rebels, bandidos, heroes, scoundrels, drug lords, scalp hunters, medal winners, and mystics," writes Morgenthaler. "I found love, tragedy, struggle, and stories that have never been told." In telling the turbulent history of this remote valley oasis, he examines the consequences of a national border running through a community older than the invisible line that divides it.

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Andres Tijerina
No other history of the area has approached the broad interpretation of this book as it weaves this intensive study of La Junta so closely into the international trends and events taking place in Texas, Mexico, and the United States. . . . The writing is witty, bold and enticing.

Andres Tijerina, author of Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos

Andres Tijerina
No other history of the area has approached the broad interpretation of this book as it weaves this intensive study of La Junta so closely into the international trends and events taking place in Texas, Mexico, and the United States. . . . The writing is witty, bold and enticing.
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JEFFERSON MORGENTHALER is a lawyer and corporate communications consultant in Boerne, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Forgotten
Junie
The Land
La Junta
Before 1830
The Promised Land
Anglos Arrive
In Doniphan's Wake
Jack Hays Gets Lost
Whiting Draws the Line
Forty-Niners
Scalp Hunting Redux
A Sudden Death
The End of Isolation
Railroads and Ranches
The Armies
Skillman's Raiders
The Rise and Fall of John Burgess
The End of the Mescaleros
Victor Ochoa
Toribio Ortega's Rebellion
Orozco and Huerta
Pancho Villa
Punitive Expeditions
The Spencers
Pablo Acosta
Rick Thompson
River and Border
Gilbert Spencer
An Afternoon with Enrique
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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