Where the Creosote Blooms: A Memoir

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Texas Christian University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 235 pages
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For a child growing up in the 1920s, El Paso seemed to be full of off-beat characters and warm personalities: from a diverse group of servicemen and their families stationed at Fort Bliss to tuberculosis patients attracted by the dry desert climax, Mary Rodge's father, a dye man in the cotton-mill industry, moved the family to El Paso in 1924 when he was offered a job there.

Rodge's memoir begins with her family's hazardous road trip across the desert from Redlands, California, to Texas. In the following pages, she explores the lives of its citizens and narrates her experiences over the next eight years. She reminisces about the family's attempt to raise pigeons to market to the Harvey House restaurant, picnics at Hueco Tanks, and parties at Elephant Butte Dam. As she and her friends become older and deal with the difficulties of adolescence, Rodge realizes the influence of her hometown on her life.

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Rodge tells the story of her family moving to El Paso in the 1920s, when the city's hot dry climate was a haven for tuberculosis patients. She tells tales filled with colorful and warm characters in ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Rodge left El Paso in the early 1930s and has lived in various parts of the country.

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