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Robin Cole-Jett

Robin is the Red River Historian. For over twenty years, she has researched,documented and shared the history of the Red River Valley of the Southwest through this website, presentations, books, articles, social media,and even a few TV appearances.

A born Texan with family roots all over the Red River Valley in Louisiana, Robin received her bachelor's degree at East Texas State University; her Master's of Education at the University of North Texas; and her Master's of Arts in History from Texas Woman's University. She has completed some doctoral work in higher education and anthropology. Robin vacillates her professional life between stints of writing, teaching, road tripping, and museum consulting work. She has made her permanent home in Denton County, where she lives with her husband, son, and a number of dogs.


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How to cite: Cole-Jett, Robin. "Article Name." Red River Historian, online. www.redriverhistorian.com. Date of access.


The Red River of the South is spring-fed. It begins around and in Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo, Texas. It then runs eastward to serve as the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. In Arkansas, it makes a dramatic southerly turn. Thereafter, it slices through the middle of Louisiana until it joins with the waters of the Atchafalaya River before meeting the mighty Mississippi. The Red River was the last of the major rivers to connect to the Mississippi, and the last river in the Louisiana Purchase to be fully mapped. It is also a stream that witnessed plantation agriculture, slave labor, and the cattle drives: a place where the South meets the West.