Major Tinker issues orders to pilots Larson and Carr for Rio Grande border patrol in Texas "Big Bend". Curtiss biplane in the field. Pilots stand nearby and discuss. The plane takes off. Series of scenes of Curtiss biplane in air over Rio Grande.
Refugee camp at Rio Grande in United States during the U.S. Army punitive expedition seeking Pancho Villa . Refugees pass by on the field. A donkey on the field. Refugees on the horse-carts. Other men on horses. Refugees sit outside the camps. They prepare food. Horses on the field. Mexican refugees sit on the field. Medic gives first aid to people.
Pilots from the U.S. Army Air Service Advanced Flight Training School, at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, fly through the Canyon of the Rio Grande River, in De Haviland DH 4 aircraft. Aerial view from a DH 4 aircraft, of another flying alongside the rocky walls of the river canyon. Glimpses of the camera plane's wing and strut with rocky cliffs behind. Views of the river far below and the other DH 4 flying much lower. View from camera being held high above cockpit, showing upper surface of DH 4 wing, fuselage, and empennage. A DH4 flying close to the canyon wall.View from camera, shooting above the top of DH 4 wing, upward and back across the aircraft tail. It shows walls of canyon surrounding the aircraft. Closeup of DH-4 displaying number "53" on fuselage. It is silhouetted against the sky as it flies in the canyon. More views of canyon walls seen through struts of camera aircraft. More closeups of airplane number 53. View from camera plane of five other DH 4s in formation silhouetted against white cumulus clouds. Pilot and gunner in cockpit of DH 4 in flight. Five DH 4s in Vee formation overhead with clouds behind them. More shots of aviators in cockpit of camera plane and of the five airplanes in formation.
Aerial view of Rio Grande river flood in wake of Hurricane Alice, in 1954. International Bridge between Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Loredo, Mexico, is completely under water. Houses and fields inundated by flood waters. A soldier patrolling in the area. Store owners seen clearing mud from sidewalks by their establishments. Woman and boys wash mud from sidewalk.
U.S. Border Patrol nabs smugglers by a surprise attack in El Paso, Texas. Border Patrol men on horses. Smugglers cross the Rio Grande River. Border Patrol men try to hide themselves. They capture smugglers and take them away.
During final year of passenger operations, a narrow gauge railroad train of the Denver and Rio Grande begins its journey through Black Canyon, at Gunnison, Colorado. Sign on top of a building reads 'Gunnison'. Smoke comes out of a chimney. Engine of the train emits smoke.Engineer oils numerous places on locomotive drive mechanisms.The train conductor,standing, in front of a Rio Grande box car, waves at a crossing guard, standing at a level crossing with a flag. His dog stands beside him. He waves his flag to stop any vehicular traffic on the road. The conductor waves at the engineer and climbs aboard a passenger car.The engineer turns in his cab and sounds the steam whistle. The fireman shovels coal into the locomotive engine firebox, from which flames emerge as door is opened. The locomotive slowly begins to move. Train is seen speeding across a railroad bridge over the Gunnison River. Two men who are fishing in the river, watch as the train crosses the bridge. View of train track, from train.
This is a Rocky Mountain Railroad Club sponsored trip on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad dated May 29, 1949 to be the last passenger train through the Black Canyon from Gunnison to Cimarron Colorado and return. The engineer seen oiling the 361's running gear and operating the consolidation is my late grandfather Mr. C L Braswell while I be leave the fireman to be Tom Doyle and the conductor Shorty Dean.
My name is Richard Lehman and as a thirteen year old my mother, grandmother and I went down to the Gunnison depot to see my granddad take the last passenger train down through the Black Canyon in many years. Both my mother and grandmother can be seen in a view shot from on top of an; adjacent coal car. At the time I was unaware of what the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club was nor what the special train was for. My granddad told me to get on in the baggage car and so I was privileged to be able to take the last train through the Black Canyon before abandonment and to get acquainted with the Rocky Club