Looking across the Rio Grande from Lajtias
Lajitas, Texas is about 20 minutes (10 miles) from TXAR.
The original town has never been very large. There is a trading
post/store (oldest continually operated store west of the Mississippi)
in town where one can stop to buy gasoline, quench a thirst,
buy the two mayor a beer ,
or just examine the bullet holes in the walls left by Pancho Villa.
The town of Lajitas includes dwellings on both sides of the
Back of the convention district of Lajtias
The town of Lajitas is now mostly the Lajitas on the Rio Grande
resort. Although not popular in the
summer when temperatures can fry eggs, in the winter it can sometimes
be difficult to find a room. While it appears as an old western town,
it's actually quite new - a reconstruction on the foundations and sites of
Lajitas on the Rio Grande is a resort.
Officer's quarters and quadrangle at Lajtias
The hotel at Lajtias was built on the foundations of General Pershing's
base in a style similar to the original.
When one has exhausted all the entertainment in town of Lajitas, Terlingua
is right around the corner. Terlingua is a partially rebuilt mining
ghost town. The area was once a prolific quicksilver district.
Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, Texas
Thirty minutes up the road, in the ghost town of Terlingua the Starlight
Theatre offers live entertainment.
The town mayor is quite literally a
goat. He's learned to drink beer from cans, bottles or nearly any other
container and can chug a beer quicker than any human. Few have been
able to best him in drinking contests -- in the mornings. In the afternoons,
after the tourists have been around, it's not too difficult.