National Geographic : 1950 Jul
You Can't Miss America by Bus entered the old Alamo chapel, cradle of Texas liberty (page 7).* First part of the journey to El Paso took us through a surpris ingly hilly, wooded region. Here, the driver said, he sometimes hunted deer. Black squirrels scampered across the road, but I saw no larger game. At infrequent inter vals the highway briefly became main street of small towns remem bered for their names: Comfort, Sonora, Ozona, and Iraan. Mi rages drifted over hot plains; the road leveled out on sandy land thirsty as Persian desert. A 30-minute stop in Pecos let me walk about the town, and I appreciated more than ever the air condition ing of buses. Blowing through Van Horn, we reached El Paso at midnight. El Paso Guards Inter national Gateway On the north bank of the Rio Grande, El Paso looks squarely at Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the river. Inter national Bridge links the cities. From a tall t can side, Border Patrol illegal entry into Texas. When I finished phot lookout, chief inspecto Border Patrol G. J. Mc Paso. In his car we climb rising behind the city; d Texas College of Mines a its buildings of Tibetan by a copper smelter, cott and passed fields where f From El Paso my bus ern New Mexico and bre Here Nature outstaged I fantastic colors to geologi ing all laws of gravity. Curios Come from Arizona's Painful Cholla Cactus Herb Wood (left) cuts his raw material from plant skeletons on the desert near Tucson. From it he fashions souvenirs and furniture. His masterpiece, a cactus grandfather clock, ticks away the time in his living room. :ower on the Ameri- saguaro cactus grew tall with perpendicular sentries watch for dignity.: Jumbled clumps of jumping cholla thrust fuzzy fingers in any direction. ographing from the On the outskirts of Tucson I met Herb r of Immigration Wood, who operates a service station. In Bee showed me El spare time he works with cactus, making any bed Mount Franklin, thing from miniature covered wagons to full lipped down to the scale dining-room sideboards. nd Metallurgy with * See "Carnival in San Antonio," by Mason Suther architecture; drove land, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, December, ton and flour mills; 1947. at cattle got fatter. t See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Seeing Our Spanish Southwest," June, 1940; and hurtled over south- "Arizona Comes of Age," January, 1929, both by 'ezed into Arizona.t Frederick Simpich. lollywood, applying 1 See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: cal formations defy- "Saguaro, Cactus Camel of Arizona," by Forrest S-hreve, December, 1945; and "Saguaro Forest (Ari Ribbed and rigid zona)," by H. L. Shantz, April, 1937.