DescriptionThe San Antonio-El Paso Road was forged in 1851 to carry U.S. mail and passengers west. Despite Native American attacks, the stage line transported thousands of travelers as far as San Diego. By 1900, a small community had formed at a ford in the Pecos River where the stage line crossed, and the town eventually took the name of a local rancher, Will Sheffield. Oil was discovered in 1920, and natural gas became the town's second major commodity in the 1970s.
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