12.5 Cents a Day
Color print on Photo Rag paper

Milton Faver was an early cattle driver in West Texas and Mexico in the late 1800s. He started out as a freighter between Meoqui and Ojinaga transporting goods on the nearly 2.5-day
journey back and forth between the two Mexican cities. As his business became more profitable, he expanded to bring goods
over the Chihuahua and Santa Fe Trails. By 1883, he had come to claim ownership of 2,880 acres of land near the Texas-Mexico border in Presidio County, where he built a vast ranch empire.

History shows that Milton paid cheap wages to Mexican laborers at a rate of 12.5 cents per day to tend cattle, goats, and sheep, and to cultivate fruits and vegetables in the orchards near the springs. He used much of his crop as a commodity and bartering mechanism for items he was unable to produce himself; peach brandy was one of the popular items he traded with outside entities. 

Milton was an eccentric businessman, accepting only hard currency for each head of cattle that passed through his gate. He was one of the earliest Texas trail drivers and was known as one of the largest ranchers in Texas at the time. He died in December of 1889. This picture shows his land where he is said to be buried in an unmarked grave at an undisclosed location somewhere within the property.

12.5 Cents a Day print – matted


Color print of “12.5 Cents a Day” from 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence Christi LaViolette's series LIFE LOOKED OVER: A PICTURE OF WEST TEXAS HISTORY.

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“12.5 Cents a Day”
5×7 color print in 8×10 matte.


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