Hi-Tailing It to Texas

30 Dec

Fleeing Hollywood for the Mexican border

December 29, 1939

Jimmie Fidler

Errol Flynn will vacation on Big Boy Williams’ paternal ranch near Del Rio, Texas.

Del Rio – The Friendliest Little Border Town in Texas – An Oasis in the Desert”…

“Travelers have long been drawn to this oasis on the Rio Grande. The American Indians who inhabited the area more than 4,000 years ago left detailed pictographs on cave walls, now a sort of primitive history book etched in stone. Spanish missionaries planted a church here in 1635 and christened the spot San Felipe del Rio. It was named not for the Rio Grande but in honor of San Felipe Springs, which still offers up to 90 million gallons of spring water every minute.”

“Queen City of the Rio Grande”…

“The heyday of Del Rio, the “Queen City of the Rio Grande,” as year-round tourist destination, along with nearby Villa Acuña, Coahuila, appears to have been in the 1930s.

During that era, the two sister cities straddling the Texas-Mexico border enchanted businessmen and the leisure class with mix of oasis relaxation and unregulated foreign intrigue.”

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    December 30, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Shortly across the border from Del Rio was Villa Acuna, famed for its hospitality and muy bonita senoritas, who I’m sure would have been very happy to see Senior Flynn at his peak in 1939. The town likely knew Big Boy quite well. Not only was he a star of the silver screen, but his father, also named Guinn, was a very prominent Texas rancher and member of the U.S. Congress.

    Both Flynn and Guinn had a thing for Mexican senoritas, including very notably the two depicted below, Linda and Lupe: