Big Bend Saddlery
2701 East Hwy 90 Alpine, Tx 79830
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
For more than eight decades historians, documentary film producers, folklorists, and scribblers have been fascinated by Pancho Villa's March 9, 1916, raid on the tiny New Mexico border town of Columbus. Villa's motivations for raiding Columbus are, even today, still debated by historians of the Mexican Revolution. One of the most enduring legacies of the raid was the fate of Villa's troops captured during the raid and subsequently during the so-called Punitive Expedition commanded by General John J. 'Black Jack' Pershing.
The majority of Villa's 484 men who attacked Columbus were recruited at gunpoint and told to fight or be shot. Those captured during the raid were later tried for murder--some hanged, some sentenced to long terms in the New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe.
Although the Villista prisoners of the Columbus Raid have received some scholarly attention in the past, James W. Hurst has now provided us with an excellent, definitive history of their story and fate.
Order with Confidence from Big Bend Saddlery. We make only top quality products from the best materials that money can buy. We stand behind all our products with a guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship. We want you to be 100% satisfied with any product you buy from Big Bend Saddlery. If not, simply return it to us for a credit, refund or exchange. Items eligible for returns must be received by to our store within 30 days and items must be new, unused and contain original product packaging and accessories. Some items are non-returnable such as CD's, DVD's, Video Tapes, Books, and Customized Items. Shipping charges will not be refunded unless we are at fault in shipping incorrect or damaged merchandise.
We stock or have access to many products not shown on our website, and would be happy to help you find anything that we can. We do custom leatherwork and custom silverwork.
As far as we can tell, our shop was opened in 1905. It was named for this area, the Big Bend Region of Texas, which got its name from the bend or turn made by the Rio Grande River just south of us. We are located in the Davis Mountains with the 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park to the south. We are a small shop located on the east side of Alpine, Texas with employees who feature personalized, friendly service. Let us help you any way we can.