Mexican settlers first got here to the valley of the Rio Grande to set up their ranchos within the 1750s. centuries later the good River, dammed in a global attempt via the U.S. and Mexican governments to supply flood keep an eye on and a extra responsible water provide, inundated twelve settlements that have been equipped there. lower than the waters of the hot Falcón Reservoir lay houses, companies, church buildings, and cemeteries deserted via citizens on either side of the river whilst the floods of 1953 stuffed the 115,000-acre quarter years sooner than schedule.
The Smithsonian establishment, the nationwide Park provider, and the collage of Texas at Austin carried out an preliminary survey of the groups misplaced to the Falcón Reservoir, yet those reviews have been by no means accomplished or totally mentioned. while architect W. Eugene George got here to the world within the Nineteen Sixties, he stumbled on a lifestyle ready to be preserved in phrases, images, and drawings.
next recessions of the reservoir—in 1983–86 and back in 1996–98—gave George new entry to at least one of the settlements, Guerrero Viejo in Mexico. regrettably, the receding lake waters additionally made the village available to looters. George’s paintings, then, used to be the most important in documenting the indigenous structure of those villages, either because it existed ahead of the flooding and because it remained sooner than it was once despoiled via vandals’ hands.
misplaced structure of the Rio Grande Borderlands combines George’s unique 1975 Texas ancient fee document with the data he gleaned through the low-water classes. This good-looking, prolonged photographic essay casts new gentle at the structure and lives of the folk of the Texas-Mexico borderlands.