National Geographic : 1948 Dec
W\illiam lelknaip, .Jr. With Evil Eyes and Bone-crushing Hoofs, a Wild Horse Fights His Wary Saddlers Contestants in the Helldorado Rodeo at Las Vegas, Nevada, rope, saddle, and try to ride a wild horse 100 yards. Stiff-legged, bone-broken, limping rodeo veterans say this race is the most dangerous horse event. Here one cowpoke pinches the mustang's nose while his partner throws on the saddle. time I ever saw a Yankee consulate on wheels!" Since Aztec times a north-south path for men and goods has led through Nogales. To day streams of motorcars and airplanes cross the line here, and through this historic pass Southern Pacific Railway traffic moves on its way between the Southwest and Mexico City. Through stormy years border towns saw one rebel chieftain after another rise and fall till today's Mexican government emerged. Always the border makes news. Today it's the long wire fences they're building, and the dramatic quarantine work that has in volved the shooting of thousands of Mexican cattle to keep the dread foot-and-mouth dis ease from spreading over into our own big cow ranches, that makes front pages. Since Spaniards drove cattle from Sonora overland to California to stock their ranches there, vast armies of animals have moved up and down this Southwest. At one time horses kept 5,000 freight wag- ons rolling between Utah and California. Sheep by the tens of thousands walked from New Mexico to California, and trainloads of cattle, for fattening, move every year now into such rich feeding spots as Imperial County, California. In normal times, one of the border's most exciting scenes is the arrival of a vast herd of Mexican cattle, say at some Arizona port of entry, where shouting Mexican vaqueros drive the animals through long dipping tanks to disinfect them. Desert Setting for Sahara Movies Out Yuma way, Saharalike sand dunes drift over the border. Don't get upset here if, rid ing through, you suddenly glimpse a white robed Arab sheik galloping away over the dunes, kidnapping a fair Fatima in veil and harem-style pantaloons; or if you hear the rattle of rifle fire and behold a desperate Foreign Legion band fighting to the last man against the fanatic Riffs!