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Littlefield Lands: Colonization on the Texas Plains, 1912-1920

by David B., II Gracy

The phenomenon of colonization by big land companies, common throughout the history of the United States, came late to the Panhandle-Plains of West Texas. Ranchers held sway there up into the 20th century. Then,...


Impressions of the Big Thicket

by William A. Owens & Michael Frary

Before the establishment of the Big Thicket Nature Preserve, the Big Thicket of Texas became a symbol of nature's last stand against encroaching civilization. Here, in a mingling of ecological zones, come together...


The Road to Spindletop: Economic Change in Texas, 1875-1901

by John Stricklin Spratt & Ed Bearden

"No previous study had attempted such an ambitious overview and synthesis of the events and movements which brought Texas to the threshold of the twentieth century."-West Texas Historical Association Year Book...


Mary Austin Holley: The Texas Diary, 1835-1838

by Mary Austin Holley & James Perry Bryan

Mary Austin Holley (1784-1846), a cousin of Stephen F. Austin, journeyed to Texas on three separate occasions. Her first visit, in 1831, resulted in the publication of her book, Texas. Her second and third trips,...


Pioneer Printer: Samuel Bangs in Mexico and Texas

by Lota M. Spell

Samuel Bangs, the first printer in the territory that is now Texas, once owed his life to his printing press. One of the few survivors of the Mina Expedition to Mexico in 1817, Bangs wrote to Servando de Mier,...


Home on the Double Bayou: Memories of an East Texas Ranch

by Ralph Semmes Jackson, J. Frank Dobie & Bubi Jessen

Once again, through a boy's eyes, Ralph Jackson sees a winter sky darkened with geese and ducks, a kitchen stove glowing with cheerful warmth, Aunt May strolling in her flower garden, moonlight filtering through...


Texas Crossings: The Lone Star State and the American Far West, 1836-1986

by Howard R. Lamar & Lewis L. Gould

"Texas is not a place, it is a commotion!" exclaimed one early visitor to the state, underscoring the mobility and "get-ahead" spirit that have always characterized Texas and its people. In these thought-provoking...


Geology and Politics in Frontier Texas, 1845-1909

by Walter Keene Ferguson

Conservation and development of natural resources are issues of critical importance throughout the world. These issues have been matters of public concern in Texas since legislators first adopted the state-sponsored...


The Devil's Backbone

by Bill Wittliff & Jack Unruh

The last the boy Papa saw of his Momma, she was galloping away on her horse Precious in the saddle her father took from a dead Mexican officer after the Battle of San Jacinto, fleeing from his Daddy, Old Karl,...


The LS Brand: The Story of a Texas Panhandle Ranch

by Dulcie Sullivan & Loula Grace Erdman

In the spring of 1881, W. M. D. Lee and Lucien B. Scott, wealthy businessmen of Leavenworth, Kansas, purchased land in the upper Texas Panhandle to establish the Lee-Scott Cattle Company. Their range sprawled...


Red State: An Insider's Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics

by Wayne Thorburn

In November 1960, the Democratic party dominated Texas. The newly elected vice president, Lyndon Johnson, was a Texan. Democrats held all thirty statewide elective positions. The state legislature had 181 Democrats...


The City Moves West: Economic and Industrial Growth in Central West Texas

by Robert L. Martin

Where water supply, railway transportation, and oil reserves have been abundant, towns in central West Texas have prospered; where these resources are few, settlements have maintained only slight growth or disappeared...


My Diary: August 30th to November 5th, 1874

by Cornelia Adair, Malcolm Thurgood & Montagu K. Brown

Cornelia Wadsworth Adair's ancestors had pioneered in western New York, where they opened and developed large, palatial estates; and the life they lived was elegant and aristocratic. Adair too was discreetly...


Highland Park and River Oaks: The Origins of Garden Suburban Community Planning in Texas

by Cheryl Caldwell Ferguson

In the early twentieth century, developers from Baltimore to Beverly Hills built garden suburbs, a new kind of residential community that incorporated curvilinear roads and landscape design as picturesque elements...


Attack and Counterattack: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1842

by Joseph Milton Nance

It is 1842-a dramatic year in the history of Texas-Mexican relations. After five years of uneasy peace, of futile negotiations, of border raids and temporary, unofficial truces, a series of military actions...


The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History

by Jacqueline Hogan Towery, Robert Towery & Peter Barbour

The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History is a unique family portrait of one of golf's greatest legends. Lavishly illustrated with never-before-seen family photos, The Brothers Hogan follows the lives of Ben...


LBJ and Grassroots Federalism: Congressman Bob Poage, Race, and Change in Texas

by Robert H. Duke

LBJ and Grassroots Federalism: Congressman Bob Poage, Race, and Change in Texas reveals the local ramifications of federal policy. Three case studies in the rising career of Lyndon B. Johnson show this in action:...


Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State

by Robert Wuthnow

Tracing the intersection of religion, race, and power in Texas from Reconstruction through the rise of the Religious Right and the failed presidential bid of Governor Rick Perry, Rough Country illuminates American...


Land of the Underground Rain: Irrigation on the Texas High Plains, 1910-1970

by Donald E. Green

The scarcity of surface water which has so marked the Great Plains is even more characteristic of its subdivision, the Texas High Plains. Settlers on the plateau were forced to use pump technology to tap the...


Ella Elgar Bird Dumont: An Autobiography of a West Texas Pioneer

by Ella Elgar Bird Dumont, Tommy J. Boley & Emily Cutrer

A crack shot, expert skinner and tanner, seamstress, sculptor, and later writer-a list that only hints at her intelligence and abilities-Ella Elgar Bird Dumont was one of those remarkable women who helped tame...