49. Sierra Blanca, Hudspeth County

A stucco courthouse? I think this is the first I’ve seen of these! For a moment I wondered if there was ever such a thing as a stucco kit courthouse, but I thought better of it. Besides, it’s a lovely central building that more than serves its purpose. I wish I had gotten a better photo of the detail above the door, but I’m (mostly) through beating myself up for my photographic failings.

Besides, I was too busy reading about how Fort Quitman was occupied by Confederate troops… As a complete and total sidenote, I am already familiar with the fort’s namesake, Major (and later Governor of Mississippi) John Quitman. Fun fact: he commanded one of the assaults on the fortress of Chapultepec during the Mexican War and received the surrender of Mexico City. He had lost a boot during the assault so when he led his unit into the city, he was the first man through the gates, but marched in with one bare foot.

Facing the courthouse is the town’s public park and someone was kind enough to place a cache in it. It was another micro in a tree, but this one had its own little guardian to accompany it (and also make it a bit easier to find). I found, I logged, I returned. I was itching to get back into the car because I was ready to get to the big event. I pulled away, got back on I-10, and soon reached the outskirts of…

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