The blas payne
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THE BLAS PAYNE IS ONE, IF NOT THE OLDEST, HOME IN MARATHON. TEXAS.
It has been lovingly restored with close attention to retaining the character of a 100-year old adobe.
THE SAGA OF BLAS PAYNE, A BIG BEND COWBOY LEGEND
By Joe Holley - Houston Chronicle
Texas Magazine, August 15, 1982
He is a proud old man, full of proud and historic memories, living in a home on a land that are both full of proud and historic memories. The sound of long-ago bugles. The ghostly ululations of long-dead Apache and Comanche warriors. The clink of spurs, sabers and bridle bits. The smell of sweat, saddle leather, dust and gunpowder.
If you can sit with Blas Payne, listen to his stories, walk with him around his yard and not hear those things, not see and smell those things, then you have no magic in your soul.
Blas Payne is a cowboy of the Big Bend. There are men in that immense and awesome land, men with memories of their own, who say Blas is the best cowboy to ever straddle a horse in that part of Texas.
Payne had little schooling, but he literally lived in a history book. His part of the Combs Ranch is the former Fort Pena Colorado, a tiny bastion off the old Comanche war trail. The troops who manned these outposts were black cavalrymen of the 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments, the unsung "Buffalo Soldiers" of the frontier.
Payne's grandfather was Isaac "Nata" Payne, a trumpeter and tracker with the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts. Trumpeter Payne, on April 25, 187, won the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action against a Comanche war Party at a Pecos River crossing.