|Arroyo Seco, NM|
by Russel Contreras
At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.
Many of the aging wooden structures still dot the landscape in the region and across the Great Plains. Richard Melzer, a University of New Mexico-Valencia history professor, wants to see the iconic buildings preserved before they’re gone from the memory and legacy of the Old West.
Have we got to the point where instead of saying, "George Washington slept here", we are saying "Billy the Kid shit here"?
It may be the official state and federal policy to "wipe" the country clean of ranchers, but by golly they're gonna save those outhouses. You could call it the "Crush the Cowboy but Save the Shitter" campaign.