Ben H. English

Ben H. English ~ Alpine Texas

God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us

“There are places in the lower Big Bend where the voices of those from time immemorial speak out to the sojourner wandering into their environs. Shaman Cave comes to mind, along with Persimmon Gap, Comanche Crossing, Payne’s Waterhole, Manos Arriba and Apache Canyon.

Glenn Spring surely belongs to that list, though like the others the name has been changed repeatedly even from languages that no longer exist. Human activity in these spots go far into the past beyond the era of the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache, who were in truth very much latecomers to this desert.

The site was known as Jordan Spring before a surveyor was killed on the east side of the Chisos, done in by the last remnants of Apaches who once called those mountains home. His last name was Glenn and the spring was renamed in his memory.

But no matter the name, this site has figured large into the tapestry of mankind since he first came to this region. According to those who know far more than I, that is estimated to be more than 12,000 years ago.

Those are the voices in now unknown tongues you occasionally think you hear as you explore the immediate area of Glenn Spring.

Tread lightly and leave nothing in your passing, my friend. For the ghosts of countless others are watching you.”

–Ben H. English, ‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend’

God bless to all,

Ben H. English
Alpine, Texas
USMC: 1976-1983
THP: 1986-2008

-November 5-6 Hico, Texas

Author of ‘Yonderings’ (TCU Press)
‘Destiny’s Way’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘The Uvalde Raider’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
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