Monday, March 29, 2010

Answers to questions revealed


Figured I need to post some kind of picture with this post so here it is. One of my neighbors stopped by and asked if I wanted to go check out an old abandoned house that had been flattened years ago. I figured why not so we went to it to pilfer around. One of the things was the old speedometer above as far as junk goes. I posted a picture on my web site to see if any of my members could tell me what it was for. Could be from an AC Cobra since this was the domain of those back in the 60s. I guess I'll see if one of my 4000+ members can identify it. The neighbor said he thinks the house got leveled in the same tornado that ripped the roof off of the old store on 118. Could be because something sure leveled it! BTW that was the only tornado in recorded history down here.


On the way back from the hike we stumbled across one of the old water pipe lines that were put in here back in the 40s to supply people with water down here. Supposedly they were trying to get people to settle down here so water was piped in all over the area. Evidently it wasn't a very successful venture. Never the less when the land was sold to the Terlingua Ranch they ripped up a lot of the old water lines when they graded the roads. What a waste because part  of the line was exposed and still in usable condition. That sure could have solved the water problem for many down here!


And for the mysteries of why some rocks seem to be out of place here? Well according to  my neighbor eons ago a volcano about 10 miles south west of here exploded and blew them up here. Makes a lot of sense now. That could also account for areas where the critters have been able to dig because of the rock being fractures underground. Perhaps large boulders dropped on those areas with something like the effect of a meteor???

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15 comments:

  1. 200 mph !! No toyota is going to do that! When I was young I remember cruising down the highway at 110 in my new Datsun 510 and I was being passed by the big cars of the day like I was doing 40.
    The whole area there is volcanic. Big Bend Basin

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  2. frann, could have also been an old Italian, German or British race car and measured in KPH instead of MPH, but it doesn't specify either. Also no odometer???

    I knew this area was very volcanic at one time. Just didn't add the blast theory to it. I'd expect that was what happened since the rocks scattered in some places just don't belong there.

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  3. Oops... Added more Desert Bloom pictures.

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  4. Looks like the speedometer probably isn't a speedometer after all. One of my members suggested it was probably a face for a high pressure gauge. I'm inclined to agree with that since it doesn't have a hole for an odometer.

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  5. Wow them there flowers sure are pretty! Can you eat them things? Sure would make a pretty salad. I'm Glad to see you got yourself a simple homeaid rain storm. But I guess you better wait til the wind dies before you us it. Otherwise you might be like that little fella on Charlie Brown, you know, the one with the little cloud that follows him around. Except you would look like a real pig pin, very muddy. He, he. Just got to rib you, you know.

    Now about them rocks, how far are you from that Roswell place. There may be more to it than a volcano explosion. Have you stood up on a hill and noticed any graphics?

    Ok, I’ll quit pickin on ya and tell you something you’ll be proud of. Saturday My Boy, rode on the Wounded Warriors Ride. It is a promotion to collect funding for our solders that were wounded in war. He was sponsored by gentlemen I work with, he does a lot of marathons. It was a 40 mile ride from the VA in Dallas to the other side of Fort Worth. tffnguy – He rode every mile on his hand bike and took honors from all the vets and police there. I have photos and I am doing a write up for my blog. When I get it finished I’ll let you know. I know you know the story of my boy and this was a great big goal for him to achieve. There is a network called American Forces Online and they did an interview on him and it will be published and placed on air. They asked him if they could use him and his interview as an example to other solders as an inspiration to get on with life. I was a proud dad. I’ll drop you a note when I update.

    Stay safe, we’re watchin.

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  6. That probably makes more sense, but did that type of Cobra have an odometer. Weren't they race cars? After our trip out it's very easy to wonder "now where did that rock come from?" Hard to believe that they've been just laying out, getting washed over or out by storms, all that many years ago. Goes to show how many folks haven't been trampling around out there.

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  7. Tigger, that's great. Give him my congrats. I can see where you would be a real proud pappy. Tell him it still isn't going to get him out of coming down here and entering the Chili cook off though!;)

    Dale, I'm pretty sure a cobra would have an odometer and considering all of the mining that was done down here and boilers used I'd sure suspect it was a gauge face.

    More than likely there is places no man has trudged on before down here.

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  8. looked at all kinds of psi gauges for 23 years and i would bet money thats its a psi gauge

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  9. RN, it will be until I cut a hole for an Odometer and paint MPH on it. ;)

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  10. BTW the second blooming picture is an Ephedra plant, bush or what ever.

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  11. If I can get a whole trailer load of pallets do you want them

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  12. RN, that would be an awful lot of pallets! Awful lot of weight to. Those things get heavy in a hurry! I'm sure they could be used or burned so that call is up to you.

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  13. Great info on the local area. I often wondered's about tornadoes that far south as tornado alley is often considered to my understanding east of Van Horn. I saw the pictures of one that hit the town of Toyah in the 1990's taking down the old bank there.

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  14. Scavenger, when I was running the old BBS before I switched to the internet there was a bank in the DFW area that got hit by one and the bank was completely gone. Fortunately someone had seen it coming and warned the people in the bank. They all got in the vault and that was the only thing left. Could be the same one your are talking about? If I'm not mistaken one of my members at the time was there.

    BTW You would probably be proud of me. I scavenged some stuff from the old house two of which were windows that the glass had been broken out. One is now my snake screen for the front door. I have it setup to just sit it in place and lift it out. Before I had to staple the screen to the door jamb each time I wanted to out it up. Also had to step over it each time I wanted in or out. Not now. Also got a little firewood, but most of it was too far gone to be used for building. I was afraid to dig too deep though. The walls collapsed to the south and the roof fell in. There might be a couple of skeletons in there somewhere.;O

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  15. I think it is some kind of temperature gage.

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