Hughes, Alton 1977-07-07

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Alton Hughes, longtime resident of Pecos, Texas, reveals some of its local history and predicts future trends for the area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Alton Hughes

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Date: July 7, 1977

Location: Pecos, Texas

Interviewer: Richie Cravens

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Alton Hughes, Occupations, Engineer Texas Highway Department (August 1929-1942), Manager, Chamber of Commerce (1942-1950), Insurance and real estate (1950-1971), Pecos Texas, Description, Paving program (1929), Basic industries at Pecos, Ranching, Agriculture, Alfalfa, Cotton, Cantaloupe farming, Origin (mid-1920s), Pioneer growers, Irrigation, Pecos Army Airfield, History, Pecos Housing Authority, Occupations, Farming, Development, Financial backing, Size of farms, Problems with gas prices, Pecos Growers Gas Company.

Tape 1, Side 2: Pecos Texas, Braceros, Cotton farming, Environment, Cotton oil industry, Farm implement houses, Texas Cotton Industries Pecos, Predictions for Pecos, Natural resources, Organized farming, Blacktop Ranch, Farming (again), Successful history, Sulfur mine industry, Pecos, Price of land, Farming, Geophysics, Oil drilling.

Range Dates: 1920s-1977

Bulk Dates: 1929-1977

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