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How We Build Our Corrals in South Texas


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I love seeing examples of Texans making do with what's available. This 1939 photo of a corral and loading chute made of mesquite in Hidalgo County down in the Rio Grande Valley (McAllen, Weslaco etc.. are in Hidalgo County) demonstrates what I'm talking about. That area is not exactly known for its tall, thick trees so there wasn't a lot of lumber available to make fences like those in, say, Kentucky's bluegrass country. But livestock still needed to be penned in, so folks used the extremely common mesquite, small as the branches and trunks were, to keep their goats and cattle from wandering away.

Taken by Russell Lee.

corral made of mesquite in hidalgo county 1939 russell Lee.jpg

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