Crystal City, Texas, Similar, But Worse, Than Dickinson, North Dakota

Tonight, I just finished reading a nation-wide newspaper article about Crystal City, Texas.  The city attorney, mayor, assistant mayor, and the entire city council, except for one councilman, were all arrested by the FBI for bribery and corruption.

In 2011, I had had such a bad experience working in Dickinson, that I went back home, and vowed never to come back.  The people in Dickinson were unfriendly and inhospitable, there was a shortage of women and very few attractive women, there was no place to live and rents were ridiculously high, it was very cold.  I never wanted to come back.

I went to the oil field in Vernal, Utah looking for work.  I was asked if I would go to an oil field in southwest Texas, owned by Anadarko.  I agreed to go.  I drove about 2,000 miles to get there.  A new manufactured home was rented for me to live in just outside of Crystal City, Texas.

On my first day of work, I was leaving Crystal City headed south on the highway, driving to the Anadarko offices in Carrizo Springs.  I was going about 60 mph, a vehicle going about 85 mph almost ran into me head-on, because a Texas police officer was chasing him, forcing him to pass the north bound cars in front of him, and run head-on into me.  The Texas cop was fucking crazy and stupid, he was forcing this guy into the oncoming traffic in the south bound lane.

When I got done with work that day, I drove back to Crystal City and stopped at a gas station.  A police officer was pulling over someone in a Ford Ranger truck while I was pumping gas.  The police officer talked to the driver for a while, asked the driver to get out of the truck, and then began searching the truck, removing items from the truck.  Finding nothing, the driver was given a speeding ticket, and let go.

The next day at work, I heard other out-of-state contractors talking about getting pulled over in Crystal City, and having their truck searched.  The contractors were saying that was the last time they would ever give consent for a search, it took them about an hour to get all of their tools and equipment back into all of the correct compartments on their truck.  The police in Texas are mean, they are just shy of being psychopaths, they are just as bad or worse than criminals.

Every business, grocery store, gas station, and restaurant in Crystal City and Carrizo Springs was dirty and grungy.  The population in Crystal City and Carrizo Springs was about 85% Hispanic.  There were some big cultural differences.  At all but one of the restaurants in Crystal City and Carrizo Springs, the waitresses were very slow to take my order because I was white, they were very lazy and shitty about taking my order.  For everybody, at every restaurant but one, it would take about one hour to get your food.  The cooks were very lazy and had a very bad attitude.

The oil field south of Carrizo Springs was right on the border with Mexico.  Mexicans walked across the border through the oil fields every day.  The oil field workers told me to not ever leave keys in your truck, not ever leave your truck running, a Mexican will run out of the bushes and take your truck, and you will have a long, long walk to get back to the highway.  Though it was prohibited by Anadarko and Chesapeake Energy, most of the oil field workers carried guns with them every day.

In the summer, working out in the dry scrub brush, the temperature was 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Some of the ranches around the oil field were 1,000 acres, about half of them had their own airplane runways.  Because of the heat, the barrenness, the remoteness, and the comparitive wealth of the white ranchers, who were in the extreme minority, the white ranchers were just out of their minds.

In businesses around Crystal City and Carrizo Springs, there were official signs that said it was a crime to hold illegal immigrants against their will and force them to work.  Apparently, the wealthy white ranchers used to “catch” illegal immigrants crossing their property, and then not let them leave, and force them to work.  It was discovered that one rancher had dug a hole that was about twenty-five feet in diameter and ten feet deep, when he saw a Mexican crossing his ranch, he would just shoot them and throw them in the hole.  He had about twenty dead Mexicans in his hole when it was discovered.

The Texans at Anadarko were crazy.  The wealthy white ranchers were crazy.  The 85% Hispanic population did not like whites, and their culture was very different.  For me, it was like Vietnam in the movie “Apocalypse Now”.  The local people did not want the whites there.  The police were psychopath crazy, and were going after the out-of-state workers every day.  Out in the oil field, I had to look up and look around about every 60 seconds to make sure no Mexicans were sneaking up on me to try to take my vehicle.  It’s 120 degrees, and the Anadarko people are acting like this is just great and let’s have a barbeque.

It doesn’t surprise me that the FBI arrested the city attorney, the mayor, the assistant mayor, and the entire city council, except for one councilman.  This area was so remote, and isolated, that they had their own way of doing things, which was what ever they wanted.  Dickinson is not that bad, but there are a lot of similarities.




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