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By Max Evans

An designated ebook that blends a biography of recognized Texas rancher and builder Charles Leavell, with the historical past of the ranch in southwestern Colorado, the 4UR, that he has outfitted right into a world-class resort.

"This is a unprecedented and wondrous e-book, the tale of an empire builder whose genuine empire used to be one God built". -- Dale Walker, Rocky

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It flows on past Taos, Santa Fe, the middle of Albuquerque, by Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces, New Mexico, curving at El Paso and on through the Big Bend country, giving fertility, life and sustenance to the Rio Grande Valley of southwest Texas. After struggling eighteen hundred miles, it empties into the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoras, Mexico. The 4UR and Goose Creek are part of all that and more. When Charles H. Leavell first turned the old Chrysler hardtop onto the 4UR land, he knew he had found another one of the world's special places.

Charles, being a Stanford graduate with a degree in electrical and construction engineering, had no trouble rapidly improvising a rig on top of the car to hold their camping and fishing equipment, plus other necessities. It was wartime and almost everything was rationed, so he went across the border from their El Paso home to Juarez and bought several five-gallon cans of gasoline. These were also lashed to the top of the car. Driving north to Santa Fe, the Leavells stayed in the historic and beautiful hotel, La Fonda de Santa Fe, the first night.

The Tewas and the Tiwas had for centuries come here to mine turquoise and to hunt, for sport and food, the waterfowl whose feathers were crucial to many of their sacred ceremonies. ) Moving on four leagues southwest to the San Antonio River, on Sunday,July 11, de Vargas set up a night camp. The Utes were watching from across the river and carefully planning their dawn attack on the supposed pueblo Indians. Governor de Vargas wrote in his journal of this attack: They charged with much force judging we were afraid and when we did not fire they still were convinced we were the rebellious Indians, their enemies.

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