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The Evening Tribune took note of the presence of Frederic Remington in El Paso in a brief announcement on Nov. 19, 1893. The renowned artist was such a frequent visitor to Texas’ westernmost town that the editor saw no reason to make a big deal of another appearance.

Proving roots need not dictate destiny, the painter who gave stay-at-home Americans their first true glimpse of the Southwest grew up in northern New York state. He enrolled in Yale at age 16 to please a demanding father but dropped out as soon as he died.

A few months later in the summer of 1881, Remington began his lifelong love affair with the West. Soaking up the spectacular sights on a two-month trip to Montana, he understood even then that the frontier was living on borrowed time. “I knew the wild rivers and the vacant land were about to vanish forever.”


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