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Thread #18975   Message #1747505
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
25-May-06 - 04:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Alternate Red River Valley
Interesting! Thanks for posting this version.

Many, like me, believe the Red River of the song is the one which flows from New Mexico, at first a small trout stream, joining eventually Prairie Dog Town Fork, and on to form the Texas-Oklahoma boundary, and on to Louisiana. The river once formed the boundary between Spain and France and, after about 1821, became the route for many pioneers moving into Texas. The rich blacklands of northeast Texas supported cotton and other crops. The area was populous enough by 1836 to send delegates to the Convention. (Handbook of Texas, www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/RR/rnr1.html)

Many others favor the Red River of the North.