In January 1914, Gen. John Pershing was assigned to command the Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Bliss, Texas, responsible for security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
1914 photograph of Pancho Villa, and General Black Jack Pershing, in El Paso, Texas
Pershing's Calvary crossing the Rio Grande River (hence Black Jack CROSSING)
. Side Note:
Downtown Yoakum, Texas is centered around an area called Pershing Square named after General John Pershing. It is a tradition that on the first Monday after Thanksgiving, a huge Christmas tree is placed smack dab in the center of Persing Square diverting traffic until after the holidays. Local school kids decorate the tree with handmade ornaments, paper garland, and other trinkets and Santa Claus does the honors of lighting the tree at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
In 2003, Mom spearheaded Yoakum's downtown revitalization campaign to help bring in over $2 million worth of street and sidewalk renovation to preserve Yoakum's business area and historical background.Streets were re-done, drainage added, landscaping and light posts were installed.Pershing Square was brought back to life and marked with a giant star of inlaid brick pavers. Now, once again, Pershing Square is the proud focal point of downtown Yoakum, Texas.
If you ever get the chance to visit Yoakum, stop and stand smack dab in the center of the Pershing Square star. If you face due South, you are just a few walking feet from Double D Ranch's headquarter offices. Please stop in and say "hi"! ...............
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