Why This Whole Thing
people have asked, "Why a 3,000 mile road trip to the Texas Panhandle?"
A fair enough question. Well, it started with a conversation with my
cousin Duane Jackson. We were talking about family history and whatnot,
subject turned to our parents' birthplace on a cattle ranch in
Texas. "You know why they were up there, don't you?", he remarked.
"No", I said, "I don't". That's when I first heard about The Last
grandpa, John Ollie Jackson, frequently told stories about when he
and a bunch of cowboys took part in a roundup of the last wild horses
in this big canyon called Palo Duro up near Amarillo. I knew that by the time he was 23
or 24 years old, he was married to our grandma Mary and on his own
cattle ranch in Floydada. We've got pictures from that time. This picture is of grandpa Ollie and grandma Mary Ware Jackson taken around 1919.
earlier episodes in Palo Duro Canyon sparked my imagination,
and I had
to know more. What resulted was a 3,000 mile road trip to the Texas
Panhandle and a search for times and places of days gone by.