A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 30, 2011
Pecosite (inhabitant of Pecos)

"Pecosite” is the name of an inhabitant of Pecos, Texas. The name “Pecosite” has been cited in print since at least 1890.

Wikipedia: Pecos, Texas
Pecos is the largest city in and the county seat of Reeves County, Texas, United States. It is situated in the river valley on the west bank of the Pecos River at the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert and the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas and near the southern border of New Mexico. The population was 9,501 at the 2000 census, but, according to a July 2009 estimate, the population has since dropped to 7,782. The city is a regional commercial center for ranching, oil and gas production and agriculture. The city is most recognized for its association with the local cultivation of cantaloupes. Pecos claims to be the site of the world’s first rodeo on July 4, 1883.

The Portal to Texas History
17 August 1890, Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette, pg. 5, col. 4:
Pecosites are much elated at the boom Pecos stone has created, and it will be used here almost exclusively in business houses and the permanent residences.

27 November 1910, Fort Worth (TX) Telegram, pt. 3, pg. 7, col. 4:
Gold Fish in Fountain.
PECOS, Nov. 26.—A. Wright of Hagerstown, N. M., has sent to Pecos nearly three dozen gold fish, which he presented to the city, and they have been put in the civic fountain. They are very beautiful, and are attracting much attention. Mr. Wright, while living up in New Mexico, is in reality at heart a Pecosite, and has hosts of friends here.

1 February 1911, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Religious,” pg. 3, col. 2:
Rev. Mr. Truett preached one of the best sermons ever heard in this city and not withstanding that the services were somewhat prolonged because of their purpose, the vast crowd that attended left the church feeling that a new era in the religious development of Pecos had begun, for almost irrespective of denomination every Pecosite is proud of the great church structure which the Baptists have erected in this city.

27 June 1939, Abilene (TX) Reporter-News, pg. 4, col. 1:
Pecos Enterprise: Judge Roy Bean, whose decisions as the Law West of the Pecos contributed much to West Texas folklore, once again is to preside in a court of justice. The 1939 Law West of the Pecos will mete out decisions all this week in Pecos. It will be his duty to see that Pecosites are garbed in a manner befitting residents of the home of the world’s first rodeo.

Google Books
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By Paul Dickson
New York, NY: Collins
Pg. 180:
Pecos, Texas. Pecosite.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, December 30, 2011 • Permalink