Rio Grande


Major river in the southwestern United States, rising in south-central Colorado Territory, flowing southward through New Mexico Territory and forming the border between Texas and Mexico, with it's mouth on the Gulf of Mexico.[1]

The Jeweled Gun: In April of 1876, Bret and Bart Maverick rode along the Rio Chama from the Colorado Territory into New Mexico Territory to its confluence with the Rio Grande. There,[2] the brothers parted ways, Bret taking the northern trail to take him to Clayton, and Bart taking the southern trail to Santa Fe.[4]


01. USGS topographic maps

02. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails

03. ©2015 Google Maps (retrieved September 9, 2015)

04. Maverick, The Jeweled Gun (1957), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

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ABOVE: Bret and Bart Maverick ford the Rio Grande near its confluence with the Rio Chama, April 1876.[2]

ABOVE: The Rio Grande today, looking north from New Mexico Highway 291, near the site where Bret and Bart Maverick parted ways.[2]

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