If things go completely to hell, the Chihuahuan Desert
around Sanderson is one of the few places where it is possible to
stay alive with little more than a knife for a tool.
There are a number of people making a good life
living in the rugged Chihuahuan Desert south of Sanderson. If you have
on site water, life there can be very good. More peaceful and serene
than can be imagined.
- Almost no large dangerous animals
- Lots of cactus - you can eat most of it.
- Sotol - drink, eat, wear and get drunk on it
- Weather - With just a little preparation, you'll never cook nor
- Natural supplies to get going again
- Remote - Very few people to threaten you
- Authorities will have bigger "fish to fry".
- Medicinal herbs in abundance
- Lots of edible critters including bugs
When my 5 year-old son first saw this country he looked around, tugged on
my pants leg and said, "Dad, this is real John Wayne country isn't it?
The answer was "Yes" and still is.
Sotol, one of the Chihuahuan Desert's wonders. Down at the
source of those sawtooth leaves is a "head" that's juicy, sweet, tender
and nutritious. It is kind
of like a cabbage only much better. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Also it
is one of the best deer baits there is. The leaves can be used for
constuction of shelters, mats, and other woven or laced articles.
There is enough water in Sotol to stay alive. And you can brew
a fiery moonshine liquor with it. They are still doing it in Mexico.
not a lot of that here. Too remote from the fly traps they live and work
in. 65 miles to the nearest traffic light, probably not more than 50
miles of county roads and with only a little over 1,000 people in the
entire county, there is not a lot of glory here for most pesky
The Sheriff's Department consists of a sheriff and 2 deputies. The
crime rate is very low....only a few petty things now and then. Except for our
enthusiastic game warden, they are all pretty laid back.
Water wells can
be drilled most anywhere. Water is very good but it can be deep, up to
900 ft.+ down near the Rio Grande River.
The electric power supply is reliable except that summer
thunderstorms knock it out occasionally for short periods.
Telecommunication is great. We have DSL and Wireless Internet.
The health clinic has a doctor three and sometimes four days per
week. The run to the hospital is not much more than an ambulance through
traffic in the city and far less dangerous.
Cost of living is much less than elsewhere, especially considering
low taxes and housing costs.
Living in Sanderson is wonderful after having lived in a frantic
city. Come join us in our little paradise.
Sanderson Real Estate, Inc.
P.O. Box 550, Sanderson, Texas 79848
432-345-2969 (Phone & Fax)