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Big Bend Pioneer Honored

Photo by J. Griffis Smith.A public event Sep. 27 will recognize an influential figure in the economic development of the area. Historians and family members will gather at the Terlingua Cemetery grave of Federico Villalba to honor his legacy with the unveiling of a new Texas Historical Marker.

Born in Mexico in 1858, Villalba settled in the Big Bend and flourished as a merchant, horse trader, mine owner, and advocate of Mexican-American civil rights. The 5 p.m. unveiling ceremony will be followed by a 6:30 celebration at the Lajitas Golf Resort. Call 877/525-4827.

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