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American Streetcars

by Brian Solomon & John Gruber

The handsome multi-colored streetcar is a nostalgic icon of the some of the most romantic and heritage-rich locales in America, including San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, immortalized on stage and screen...


Minnesota's Lost Towns: Northern Edition

by Rhonda Fochs

Journey to the past and visit over 100 northern Minnesota lost towns. Read what created them, how they grew and prospered, why they died, where they are located, and what you'll see there today. Learn the stages...


Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It

by Michael J. Trinklein

Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma,...


Dallas: The Making of a Modern City

by Patricia Evridge Hill

From the ruthless deals of the Ewing clan on TV's "Dallas" to the impeccable customer service of Neiman-Marcus, doing business has long been the hallmark of Dallas. Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, Dallas business...


Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature

by John Morán| González

The Texas Centennial of 1936, commemorated by statewide celebrations of independence from Mexico, proved to be a powerful catalyst for the formation of a distinctly Mexican American identity. Confronted by a...


Oil in Texas: The Gusher Age, 1895-1945

by Diana Davids Hinton & Roger M. Olien

As the twentieth century began, oil in Texas was easy to find, but the quantities were too small to attract industrial capital and production. Then, on January 10, 1901, the Spindletop gusher blew in. Over the...


The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California

by Alejandro Murguía

"People who live in California deny the past," asserts Alejandro Murguía. In a state where "what matters is keeping up with the current trends, fads, or latest computer gizmo," no one has "the time, energy,...


The French in Texas: History, Migration, Culture

by François Lagarde

The flag of France is one of the six flags that have flown over Texas, but all that many people know about the French presence in Texas is the ill-fated explorer Cavelier de La Salle, fabled pirate Jean Laffite,...


Desegregating Texas Schools: Eisenhower, Shivers, and the Crisis at Mansfield High

by Robyn Duff Ladino & Alwyn Barr

In the famous Brown v. the Board of Education decisions of 1954 and 1955, the United States Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. Yet history...


Nameless Towns: Texas Sawmill Communities, 1880-1942

by Thad Sitton & James H. Conrad

Sawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly after the company "cut out" its last trees....


From Can See to Can't: Texas Cotton Farmers on the Southern Prairies

by Thad Sitton & Dan K. Utley

Cotton farming was the only way of life that many Texans knew from the days of Austin's Colony up until World War II. For those who worked the land, it was a dawn-till-dark, "can see to can't," process that...


Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow

by Thad, Sitton, James H. Conrad & Richard Orton

In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory-they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative...


Belo: From Newspapers to New Media

by Judith Garrett Segura

Founded in Galveston in 1842 with the launch of the Daily News, the Belo Corporation entered the twenty-first century as a powerhouse conglomerate, owning four daily newspapers (including the Dallas Morning...


Austin, Cleared for Takeoff: Aviators, Businessmen, and the Growth of an American City

by Kenneth B. Ragsdale

Austin, Texas, entered the aviation age on October 29, 1911, when Calbraith Perry Rodgers landed his Wright EX Flyer in a vacant field near the present-day intersection of Duval and 45th Streets. Some 3,000...


The Wrecking of La Salle's Ship Aimable and the Trial of Claude Aigron

by Robert S. Weddle & François Lagarde

When Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, landed on the Texas coast in 1685, bent on founding a French colony, his enterprise was doomed to failure. Not only was he hundreds of miles from his intended landfall-the...


Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga: A Frontier Mission in South Texas

by Tamra Lynn Walter

In the early part of the eighteenth century, the Spanish colonial mission Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga was relocated from far south Texas to a site along the Guadalupe River in Mission Valley, Victoria County....


Texas Monthly On . . .: Texas Women

by editors of Texas Monthly & Evan Smith

Since 1973, Texas Monthly has spotlighted hundreds of Texans who, for better or worse, make this state like no place else. TEXAS MONTHLY On . . . Texas Women profiles thirteen women who are not only fascinating...


Ross Sterling, Texan: A Memoir by the Founder of Humble Oil and Refining Company

by Ross S. Sterling, Ed Kilman & Don Carleton

Born on a farm near Anahuac, Texas, in 1875 and possessed of only a fourth-grade education, Ross Sterling was one of the most successful Texans of his generation. Driven by a relentless work ethic, he become...


The Texas City Disaster, 1947

by Hugh W. Stephens

On April 16, 1947, a small fire broke out among bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in the hold of the ship Grandcamp as it lay docked at Texas City, Texas. Despite immediate attempts to extinguish the fire,...


Texas by Terán: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Terán on His 1828 Inspection of Texas

by General Manuel de Mier y Terán, John Wheat & Jack Jackson

Texas was already slipping from the grasp of Mexico when Manuel Mier y Terán made his tour of inspection in 1828. American settlers were pouring across the vaguely defined border between Mexico's northernmost...