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Rio Pecos Compound: Chapter 6.

05 Feb
Cover for Rio Pecos Compound, Book Six of The Clint Mason Series by William F. Martin.

Rio Pecos Compound

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Chapter 6.

The arrival of the settlers in Rio Pecos Compound caused quite a stir. The Navajos expressed some concern that they might get pushed out. The Basque wanted to keep their nomadic way of life. Setting up a permanent village with houses was not their way. However, they would appreciate a trading post or supply store being available to them. The new settlers from the east wanted to build wood houses and a church. These settlers only knew wood frame construction with wood floors. Their first impression of the adobe buildings was not positive.

The settlers were assigned an area near the ranch house and within walking distance to the community well. Each group would be self-sufficient and separate. Clint’s idea of community may have to wait awhile.

The settlers set up a tent city using both wagons and extra tents. If they decided to stay through the winter, then shelters would have to be built. Logs and lumber were in short supply down in this valley. Lumber-size trees only grew much higher in the mountains where the rain fall was sufficient. The available building material was clay for adobe bricks and there were two excellent clay pits near the compound. Retraining the eastern carpenters and masons to use adobe was proving to be a challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

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