4551 E. 52nd St, Odessa, TX 79762
Stampede mural, 1940 Oil on canvas, 5 1/2 x 16 feet Post Office, Odessa, Texas © James D. Lea
“The first work I did there was on the easel, a mural design in one-inch scale. I called it ‘Stampede’ – it was for a new post office at Odessa, Texas, about seventy miles from a crossing of the Pecos River. The first verse of ‘Little Joe the Wrangler’ was easy to remember:
We was camping on the Pecos when the wind began to blow,
And we doubled up the guard to hold them tight,
When the storm came roaring from the north with thunder
and with rain,
And the herd stampeded off into the night.
Snuffy cattle, epic times of drivers on long trails, were alive and kicking in my mind,” (A Picture Gallery, Brown and Company, 1968, pp. 35).