by Don Chaney

Don Chaney is the former mayor and a long-time resident of Crane.

Article #17
Taken from the Crane News, published October 20, 1997.


     I remember a sandy, rocky road to Grandfalls.  I remember the Gulf Oil in conjuction with someother oil companies paying all the county and school taxes in full.  What they did was pay the operating expenses of both.

     I remember a period when everyday you could see houses being moved out of Crane.  I think mostly to Pyote, Monahans, and Pecos.  I remember the big air base a Terminal with a bombardier school.  I remember the big air base at Pyote, Texas, with, I think, pilot training.  It was said that Pyote had more sunny days and good flying weather than any place in the USA.

     I remember lots in Crane selling for $25.00 a lot.  I remember the acres, perhaps sections, of retired B29 bombers at Rattlesnake Air Base at Pyote after the war -- World War II that is.  Literally thousands of the B29's were dismantled and destroyed.

     I remember Treva Looney running a boarding house at Gulf Sandhills Camp.  I remember P. O. Vines pouring molten metal in forms in the ground surrounded by sand to make some beautiful sculptures.

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