Tiny little Dryden,
, population about 13, is one of just two communities
in Terrell County, which sprawls across 2,358 square miles in the Chihuahuan Desert
Texas. Like Dryden, the county, comprised mostly of large sheep and cattle ranches, is
sparsely populated, with only about 1,100 people calling it home.
Long before any settlements were established in the county, a number of
roamed the region, leaving behind much evidence of their lives
including arrowheads, tools, pictographs on cliff walls, and caves where burials
have been found.
The earliest exploration of the area was made by
Spanish Captain Jose de Berroteran in 1729 when he commanded an expedition to
explore from Mission San Juan Bautista up the Rio Grande River to the mouth of
the Rio Conchos.
Remains along the railroad tracks in Dryden,
Texas, Kathy Weiser,