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Earning Her Spurs

Posted by Nan on April 19, 2011

May 2011, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks & Wildlife has a new article in the May, 2011 issue titled Earning Her Spurs, Tough-as-nails cowgirl Hallie Stillwell tackled the wilds of West Texas, By E. Dan Klepper.

Excerpt: Hallie Crawford Stillwell fashioned a life of distinction out of willpower, grit and the rugged environs of the West, earning her place in Texas history by working vast sections of the Big Bend ranch country alongside her husband, Roy.

Never one to shy away from jobs considered distinctly “unladylike” in the early 1900s, Stillwell learned to cowpunch her way through a herd of yearlings as skillfully as any cowboy. In fact, she considered few tasks insurmountable.

Got cattle ready to brand? She’d fire up the irons. Need to drive the herd 50 miles to the shipping pens? She’d be saddled and ready to go. Fence required mending? Show her the gap. Table could use some meat? She’d get her gun. Fix a flat? Bale some hay? Raise a few kids?  Hallie Stillwell was your woman.

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Spring Break – Desert Flowers

Posted by Nan on March 4, 2011

Spring Break is coming up in the second half of March.   Come on out and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and the promise of a spring bloom of desert flowers.

With average temperatures for March ranging in the mid-80s to the low 50s the weather doesn’t get much better.

While we don’t have cell phone coverage way out here in the Big Bend, we do have a new WiFi Booster.

Posted in Big Bend, Camping, Ranch News, Rio Grande Floats, River Trips, Spring Break, Upcoming Events, WiFi | 1 Comment »

Upcoming Trailride, February, 2011

Posted by Nan on December 29, 2010

24TH  Annual Trailride in the Big Bend at the Stillwell Ranch.

February 12-17.

See also: Trailriders Web Site

There will be BBQ and dancing on the February 14th.  Gentlemen, remember,  that’s Valentine’s day.  Live band. Craig Carter Band is going to play again this year.  Dust off your dancing boots.

Posted in Big Bend, Camping, Music, Trail Ride | 3 Comments »

Ranch News from Nan

Posted by Nan on March 30, 2010

We’ve survived another winter season and spring break…it was a busy one!  Many folks came during the Trail Ride in February and stayed through Spring Break…more and more folks are staying longer and longer here at Stillwells.  We’re working on plans for next year, with new and exciting things to do.

We provided shuttle service for folks who floated the Rio Grande…some for a day or two and some for much longer.

The Whitfords were here again for the sixth year.  They played for dances on Saturday nights.  Local folks, Marilyn and Mackey Shackleford gave some Texas Two-Step instructions on a couple of different occasions for those interested in learning to dance the way the Texans do!  Interested campers were able to enjoy Sunday morning Gospel music by the Whitfords.  They played in the museum most other nights of the week.  They were occasionally joined by Omer Mattheiu and Chuck and Barb Schneider.  The Whitfords plan to return in 2011…watch this website for their specific dates.

We had several special programs by rangers from Big Bend National Park, including information on birds, star-gazing,  a park trivia program called “Did You Know?” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.

A special feature last winter was the appearance of Kinley Coyan, a local rancher who is very knowledgable about archeology. He has taken graduate level coursework in archeology as part of a life long interest in the topic. He presented a couple of programs in the museum about Native Americans here in the Big Bend area over the last several thousand years. He used Hallie’s collection of artifacts as well as his own reproductions of arrowheads and other tools as he talked about the history of this area.

On a related topic, we are having our first “Knap-In” next fall (October), which Kinley is helping to organize.  Watch for details about this event on this website. (update: Stillwell Knap-in, October 21-24-2010)

We also had some movie nights in the museum, featuring old westerns such as “The Rounders” and “Stagecoach” (the movie that made John Wayne famous!).

Speaking of movies, we have a new DVD narrated by Hallie, “Recollections of a Pioneer”.  It’s available to view in the museum at your leisure while you’re here at Stillwells, and is also available for purchase. It’s a 18 minute video of the Marivillas Canyon in all its grandeur.  Hallie’s comments are almost spiritual, as she reveals her thoughts about this land she loved so dearly.

Drop by and try out our new porch rockers…hope to see you soon!

Posted in Big Bend, Hallie's Hall of Fame, Movie nights, Ranch News, Rio Grande Floats, River Trips, Store, Trail Ride | 6 Comments »

Texas Parks and Wildlife Article – September, 2008

Posted by Nan on September 6, 2008

There is a mention in the September, 2008 issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.  Please see the article, titled “No Country for Wimps“.

Here’s an except:

Springtime brings a flash flood of visitors to the area. Each February, the annual Big Bend-Stillwell Ranch Trail Ride draws more than a hundred horseback riders who venture onto Black Gap’s equestrian trails. In March, thousands of campers, anglers and paddlers descend upon Stillwell Ranch, Black Gap and the Rio Grande for spring break.”

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