DEVILS RIVER. Devils River, an intermittent stream, rises in southwestern Sutton County at the gathering of six watercourses, Dry Devils River, Granger Draw, House Draw, Jackson Draw, Flat Rock Draw, and Rough Canyon (at 30°20' N, 100°57' W) and runs southwest for ninety-four miles to its mouth on the northeastern shore of Amistad Reservoir in southern Val Verde County (at 29°28' N, 101°04' W). On its long route thirty-two tributaries disembogue into it, including Dolan Creek, where Dolan Falls is formed, Dark Canyon, Dead Mans Creek, and Satan Canyon. The path of Devils River sharply dissects massive limestone and traverses wash deposits of sand, gravel, and mud on flat terrain. The area's generally dark, calcareous, stony clays and clay loams support oak, juniper, grasses, mesquite, and water-tolerant hardwoods and conifers.

In 1590 Gaspar Castaño de Sosa, a Spanish explorer, traveled along the river and called it Laxas, meaning "slack" or "feeble." Later travelers and settlers called the river San Pedro. In the 1840s Texas Ranger captain John Coffee (Jack) Hays asked the name of the river as he stood before one of its deep canyons. Upon hearing its name, he reportedly replied that it looked more like the Devil's river than Saint Peter's. The stream was well known to early travelers because it allowed access from north to south through rugged canyonland, and it offered water. East-west expeditions followed its banks as far as possible before striking out into the desert.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Del Weniger, The Explorers' Texas (Austin: Eakin Press, 1984).

This is a pristine place... a great destination today for vacationing, camping, fishing...  But in the past it was an oasis in the middle of one of the most desolate, though one of the most scenic locations in West Texas.  Portions of this river seldom flow on top of the ground, but rather flows through sands only to reappear later.  The first dozen or so times I crossed this “river” it was a dry stream bed, and I wondered “where the devil” the river was.  It was much later that  learned that it is one of those rare streams whose partial course was under ground.

But the names of streams, canyons, and other places like Dark Canyon, Dead Mans Creek, and Satan Canyon; all referring to locations within the watershed of Devils River before it runs into the Rio Grande... all these names sound like titles of Western books or movies, and take us to the past. 

The Devils River holster is designed for the 1911 Colt.  A design which dates to 1915 or before.  I found this holster on page 132 of Packing Iron, by Rattenbury.  Therefore this holster is certrainly appropriate for THE WILD BUNCH side matches which are growing popular in SASS competition.

This particular example is done in “medium” mahogany (dark mahogany is almost black).  It has barbed wire on top of a large “bead,” and surrounded by a wide “bead” on either side.  The wide skirt makes this a very comfortable carry.  Other colors and tooling are certainly possible.

This is just one of many designs for a 1911, which could be used in WILD BUNCH competition, and which is period correct.  In fact many of the designs found throughout the web site can be easily fitted to the 1911 and other large frame autos.  The “Pease River” and “Palo Duro” look really nice fitted to a 1911, for example.

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Always measure the circumference of exactly where you plan to wear the gunbelt... over the kind of clothes you will be wearing with the rig.    Please click here to see the explanation near the bottom on the index page.


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The Devil’s River