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43 It would not be the last lonely grave lying all but forgotten at Pope's Crossing. "Just around the bend on the river there, why, there's three graves . . ," Clay Slack noted in 1968. "I believe two of them are emigrants that died a natural death. "44 Olinger, described by New Mexico territorial Governor Lew Wallace as "amongst the most bloody of the 'Bandits of the Pecos,"' was born circa 1841 in Ohio and drifted to the Pecos country about 1876. Dubbing himself "Pecos Bob," he soon gained a bad reputation stemming from his nasty disposition and imposing appearance.

44 Olinger, described by New Mexico territorial Governor Lew Wallace as "amongst the most bloody of the 'Bandits of the Pecos,"' was born circa 1841 in Ohio and drifted to the Pecos country about 1876. Dubbing himself "Pecos Bob," he soon gained a bad reputation stemming from his nasty disposition and imposing appearance. "He was just a big, roughneck, over-bearing fellow," recalled acquaintance Charles Ballard.  Haley Memorial Library, Midland, Texas) Page 21 er acquaintance. "He had a heavy bull neck, low-browed head, short and wide, topped with shaggy hair, bushy eyebrows, and a hat-rack mustache.

S. Army rerouted the Upper Road to cross thirty miles below Horsehead and near a point that, with the laying of a bridge in 1870, became Pontoon Bridge or Crossing. Horsehead, Lancaster, and Pope's ultimately gained renown above and beyond emigrant and military use. The Lower Road marked the route of the San Antonio-Santa Fe mail of 1851, the Texas-California Cattle Trail of the early 1850s, and the San Antonio-San Diego Mail of 1857. The Upper Road was even more famed, sharing its ruts with the Comanche war trail, the Butterfield Overland Mail of 1858-1861, and the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Trail of the mid-1860s.

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