An Old Bunk House In The San Simon Valley   5 comments

An Old Bunkhouse Near An Abandoned San Simon Valley Livestock Corral — Images by kenne

In the late eighteen hundreds, the land west of the Peloncillo Mountains, known as the San Simon Valley, had many beautiful grassy meadows with mesquite, ironwood, palo verde and other desert trees. This area was very attractive to many west Texas ranchers and by 1895 an estimated 50,000 head of cattle were grazing in the San Simon Valley. However, under the old open range conditions the great herds were devastating the San Simon Valley. Today most of the valuable grasses and forage plants are gone, left behind are many deep trails first worn by cattle, later dug deep by storm waters, easily eroding the land no longer protected by fine stock grasses. 

The destruction to the valley is not an isolated picture, but serves as a poster-child for similar areas in the west that are experiencing the same destructive process in much of the western U.S. 

This weekend we will be spending additional time in the valley and the Peloncillo Mountains photographing more evidence of the southwest’s disappearing water.


Abandoned Livestock Corral In The San Simon Valley — Image by kenne

5 responses to “An Old Bunk House In The San Simon Valley

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  1. Great (and calm) place, great pictures.


  2. Love your shots as I can hear the cattle in the old corrals and see the family in the bunkhouse…photos that tell the story are the best:) Thank you for sharing:)


  3. Black and white really captures the feeling. Could eating less meat help this situation?


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  5. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    Six years ago, Tom Markey and I spent time exploring the San Simon Valley west of the Peloncillo Mountains, which at one time was grasslands. — kenne


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