“In the early twentieth century,” Hague goes on, “land in the Texas Panhandle became very attractive to Easterners. The attraction was generated by aggressive advertising by businessmen who were marketing the land. ‘Prospectors’ arrived regularly by train after 1906, when the surveying of the land began. Most of the people in this photograph undoubtedly were passengers; one group moves toward the realty office in the center of the picture. Others are townspeople, among them two elegant ladies riding sidesaddle, turned out in their Sunday best simply to meet the train, an important social event in early Hereford.
“Some of the prospectors would have been taken by realtors to Kelso, twenty-five miles northwest of Hereford. Once installed at the Kelso Hotel, built specifically to receive them, they were shown parcels of the three-million-acre XIT ranch, which was being broken up and sold for farmland. ”