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¿Dónde Está Pancho: 1916

¿Dónde Está Pancho: 1916

June 10, 1916. "Carranza and U.S. troops use trains in search for Pancho Villa -- Mexican-U.S. campaign after Villa, 1916." Gelatin silver print, U.S. Copyright Office. View full size.

 

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Another Train Ride By Carranza

About 4 years later, Carranza was shot by some of his former bodyguards as he fled toward Veracruz with trainloads full of the national treasury.

Villa, meanwhile, had agreed to lay down his arms in July 1920. But after three years of working his farmland, he was murdered as part of a government conspiracy.

Over There

I used to direct traffic in front of a church in the early '70s in Methuen, MA. I used to talk to a guy who in his 80s at the time ran the collection on Sundays. He was a WWI veteran and told me about how he first had been down in Mexico with General Pershing’s troops after Pancho Villa. He got sick and sent home but got well in time to get shipped “over there.” This picture today reminded me of him.

Rail gauge

It appears this is 60" broadgauge trackage. Fine looking too.
Even the stock cars look newer and undamaged by wear.

My Uncle

My Uncle Fred was part of General Pershing Army that chased Poncho Villa.

What a surprise

I swear, until seeing this photo I thought those huge sombreros in the Speedy Gonzales cartoons were exaggerated.

La respuesta es obvia.

Pancho se esconde detrás de Waldo.

Well, now, ...

... THAT's a dramatic photo!

It looks like a big-budget Hollywood movie from the 1960s, but with the authenticity of well-worn clothes, cruddy everything, and the majority of people sitting around, bored. I love the little tyke, atop the train car to the right. However, that's just one small detail; there is SO much to look at in this picture!

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