Parker County Today April 2017 - Page 58

our history: LONGHORNS The Longhorn Man With The Dude Ranch Dream An 18-year-old with Montana on his mind ends up in Cowtown and eventually moseys on out to rural Parker County and the good life. H e didn’t make Montana back in ’66. But he meant to … I believe that. “I graduated on a Tuesday night and I left at 8 o’clock the next morning with a twenty-dollar bill in my pocket,” Pat “P.R.” Potts recalled. “I was headed for Missoula, Montana. Me and another boy had a job up there at a dude ranch. He got sidetracked by a good-looking young girl and couldn’t make the trip. But I was going on. In my 18-year-old mind, I wanted to be up there with all those good-looking girls at the dude ranch. I was going to take 56 BY MEL W RHODES care of the horses and all those girls were just going to love me. That’s what an 18-year-old boy thinks.” Perhaps Pat was a bit girl-crazy, an d maybe with good reason. His graduating class at Sterling City, Texas, num- bered 14 with only three girls in the lot. He barely made the New Mexico line before his plans were hijacked. The road to the Big Sky Country ran through Hobbs, NM, where he stopped to visit his half- brother, Bob, no doubt to regale him with talk of his great expectations, amorous and otherwise. Perhaps he’d send a