|Entrance to Big Bend Park
||Along the river road to Presidio, TX
|The house is about 30 years old,
concrete stabilized adobe. The exterior walls
are about a foot
thick. The interior walls are adobe too.
The "windmill" is an old wind powered generator which was used to charge batteries for a low voltage electrical system. The property is now on the Rio Grande Electric Cooperative system so the old generator is now yard art.
|The blue trim paint was a bit
faded. We repainted the trim - you guessed
it - RED!
The house has a porch on the front (east) side and another full-length porch on the back (west) side. The porches shade the house and provide a good place to "set a spell" in both the mornings and evenings.
|The kitchen is finished with rustic
cabinets, and a Saltillo tile floor.
||The bathroom has an old clawfoot
tub, and stone flooring.
|The living room has adobe walls, a
floor,and a large stone fireplace. The
bedrooms have Saltillo tile floors too.
|The stonework, made with Bouqillas
stone, is nice inside and out.
|Kathy, the lovely lady who sold us
planted and cultivated
several cactus gardens on the property. When Paul
sale at the local grocery store back in Kansas, he
decided this has
all the makings of a Cactus Ranch. We're thinking
Land and Cactus Company" has the right ring to it.
is an old shop building, towards the highway from the
building is long and narrow, with a large carport and an
unfinished room attached. It has a long porch on
the front (east)
side. We plan to refinish part of this building as
quarters for the visitors we expect. Meanwhile,
there is always
the second bedroom in the house, and the sofa sleeper in
shop building fronts on the highway and was originally
built to be a small general store. Kathy, from
whom we bought the
property, used it for a craft
shop. There is
plenty of room for us to use it for our
motorcycles. The house is
to the south of the store and set back further from the
property includes some other "stuff" too, including a
crude 3 sided
metal building open on one end but with a concrete
floor, an elevated
water storage tank, and a 1961 Chevrolet Viking C60
truck with a water
tank for hauling water. There is a well drilled on
the property -
it doesn't have a pump and its producing capacity is
previous owner(s) found hauling water less expensive
than a well, if
not easier. The
water comes from a well at a Bentonite mine about 3
We think we may improve the existing well or put in a
new deep well.
|The property is at the edge of a plain
desert, with hills rising in the distance in all four
The views, and the sunsets and sunrises are truly
|We do have neighbors. There are
a few other
houses located along the highway
to the south. One new house is being built on
the other side
the highway about a mile north. Houses, cabins,
getaways are scattered throughout the desert west and
east of the
highway. Our nearest neighbor is just across
road and a little bit south us. Our 2nd closest
neighbor is the
Cowhead Ranch - just a bit further down the road.