Switchin' Flies

By Barney Nelson.
 
Since it is April in West Texas, I have been thinking about branding and wishing I was out there. Nothing else is quite as fun. So I got as close as I could and started researching early brands. I ran across an old article about West Texas horse and cattle brands in the Archives of the Big Bend by Rudolph Mellard who ranched south of Marfa and a prolific writer of over 10 books. His article was published in what used to be a local magazine, The Voice of the Mexican Border, in the February-March issue 1934.
 
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