The following shots were taken over Memorial Day in the unique little town of Terlingua. Many young Mexican men died too early and in the prime of life while working for the Chisos Mining Company, which closed for good in 1944 when the money vein ran out. It once produced the largest amount of mercury in the country.
Howard Perry owned the mine and lived in a fancy mansion up on a hilltop overlooking his mercury empire. Strong-arming big rocks for about $1.50 a day, the Mexican laborers might have cleared $400.00 a year, while Perry earned close to $4,000 per worker. The old mansion is still standing in Terlingua Ghost Town.
The little cemetery was forgotten for many decades. Recently, family members and the funky community of Terlingua have worked to get it cleaned up.
I mean no disrespect by the posting of these shots, just thought the last couple of headstones quite creative and different.
Old Perry mansion: