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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A mystery at Bandera Pass

Soldiers at Bandera Pass, possibly 1926
Bandera Pass, a photograph by Starr Bryden
An astute reader asked a question which I cannot answer, and so I'm hoping one of you can answer it for us.
These two photographs are fairly well known.  The top one shows a troop of soldiers taken, I believe, between World War I and II.  The bottom was likely taken in the late 1920s or 1930s.
Here's the big mystery question: From which side of the pass are these two photos taken?  From the Bandera side, or the Camp Verde side?  Are the two photos even taken from the same side?

7 comments:

  1. I believe that the two photos are taken from the same side.

    However, I can only guess that they were taken from the Kerrville side, looking toward the Bandera side.

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  2. The picture with the troops was taken from the Camp Verde side. The shadow cast by the tree just out of the right side could only be taken from that side. I don't know about the second picture.

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  3. Joe,

    Since you changed to a different blogging system, it has been a bit more difficult to post comments.

    It isn't complicated, but many of your readers may not understand that the comments feature is still available.

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  4. Too bad we can’t read the signs posted in top picture. I'm not familiar with Bandera Pass, but I'd be looking for a left turn after a downhill grade very close into the pass. Maybe the lower pic was taken from the trail/road/ranch entrance breaking to left. Just a guess. Otherwise it seems kinda odd for the photographer to wander out in to a pasture to take a picture of the Pass. Good luck fellow history detectives!

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  5. If my memory is still accurate, I always thought the steepest hill was on the west side.
    As a youth I climbed it several times to play, explore, etc. There is a cave at the top on the south rim.
    No indian artifacts, but found reminence of fires and bones.

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  6. The two photos were taken at the foot of the pass on the Bandera side, looking north. The signs in the first photo most probably reference the directions to the town of Bandera (straight) and the town of Medina which would reached via a road to the troop's right (currently FM 2828)

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  7. The two photos were taken at the foot of the pass on the Bandera side, looking north. The signs in the first photo most probably reference the directions to the town of Bandera (straight) and the town of Medina which would reached via a road to the troop's right (currently FM 2828)

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