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The Chisholm Trail: A History of the World's Greatest Cattle Trail

by Sam P. Ridings

This frontier classic is one of the best books written about the world’s greatest cattle trail, the Chisholm Trail, a trail that was approximately eight hundred miles long, running from San Antonio, Texas...


The Wests of Texas: Cattle Ranching Entrepreneurs

by Bruce Shackelford & Marise McDermott

With the Wests of Texas, noted author Bruce M. Shackelford tells the story of the West family of Lavaca County, forgotten Texas legends.

Originally from Tennessee, Washington and Mary West moved to Lavaca County,...


The Courthouses of Central Texas

by Brantley Hightower

The county courthouse has long held a central place on the Texas landscape-literally, as the center of the town in which it is located, and figuratively, as the symbol of governmental authority. As a county's...


Chasing Thugs, Nazis, and Reds

by Kemp Dixon

Texas Ranger Norman Dixon made the front pages of newspapers, but his rigid sense of integrity prevented him from discussing his cases with his wife or his sons, or anyone else, even decades later.

As a Ranger,...


"We Never Retreat"

by Edward A. Bradley

The term “filibuster” often brings to mind a senator giving a long-winded speech in opposition to a bill, but the term had a different connotation in the nineteenth century—invasion of foreign lands by...


Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande

by George T. Díaz

Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to...


Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History

by Alan Lessoff

A favorite destination of visitors to the Texas coast, Corpus Christi is a midsize city that manages to be both cosmopolitan and provincial, networked and local. It is an indispensable provider of urban services...


Famous Trees of Texas

by Gretchen Riley & Peter D Smith

Famous Trees of Texas was first published in 1970 by the Texas Forest Service (now Texas A&M Forest Service), an organization created in 1915 and charged with protecting and sustaining the forests, trees, and...


The City in Texas: A History

by David G. McComb

Texans love the idea of wide-open spaces and, before World War II, the majority of the state's people did live and work on the land. Between 1940 and 1950, however, the balance shifted from rural to urban, and...


The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687

by Johanna S. Warren & William Foster

“Those of us who knew how to swim crossed to the other bank. But a number of our company did not know how to swim, and I was among that number. One of the Indians gave me a sign to go get a nearly dry log...


The Other Texas Frontier

by Harry Huntt Ransom, Hazel H. Ransom & John Graves

"One is tempted to say that wherever there was a frontier in America there was a counterfrontier and that the main purpose of this counterfrontier was not only to help man grow or dig or catch or kill his livng...


If I Can Do It Horseback: A Cow-Country Sketchbook

by John Hendrix & Malcolm Thurgood

John Hendrix drew upon his own varied experiences for this panoramic view of West Texas ranch life, presented here in an integral compilation of flavorful articles written originally for The Cattleman. Touching...


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...


La Belle, the Ship That Changed History

by Bullock Texas State History Museum, James E. Bruseth, Victoria Ramirez & Jan Felts Bullock et al.

After two decades of searching for La Salle’s lost ship La Belle, Texas Historical Commission (THC) divers in 1995 located a shipwreck containing historic artifacts of European origin in the silty bottom of...


Two Armies on the Rio Grande

by Douglas Murphy

The opening campaign of the US-Mexican War transformed the map of each nation and shaped the course of conflict.

Armed with a broad range of Mexican military documents and previously unknown US sources, Douglas...