Maggie Smith was a legendary frontier woman who lived and worked in the Texas Trans-Pecos country known as the Big Bend during the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s. She was renowned for her kindness as well as her toughness during times that were much like the frontier West of legend.
She delivered babies, performed marriages, treated snake bites and maintained the only post office and trading post for over 150 miles of desolate but beautiful Chihuahuan Desert. She fenced contraband Candelilla wax for Mexican smugglers and gave fishing tips to visitors to the Rio Grande that was her front yard. She traded groceries for animal skins and kept a mountain lion and a monkey for pets. Here is her story—you won’t want to put it down.