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WEST TEXAS: An awesome land of many contrasts
  
Below, you will find these subdivisions:
West Texas County and Regional Histories
West Texas History (General)
West Texas Geological Guides
Journal of Big Bend Studies
West Texas Archeology

WEST TEXAS COUNTY AND REGIONAL HISTORIES:
In this section, I’ve listed some mostly out-of-print WEST TEXAS county history books of which I have two or more copies. [ NOTE: I have many more Texas county histories, so if you’re seeking one not listed here, contact me—I might have it.]

The following are listed alphabetically by county or region:

 [BIG BENDVOICE OF THE MEXICAN BORDER  edited and produced by Jack [Mrs. O.L.] Shipman. Original publications, Marfa Texas, six separate issues, 1933-1936

1_0003    2_0001         3_0000          4_008

a) November, 1933—articles include: “Our Vice President (Jack Garner)”; “Pistol and Spur” about early days in Uvalde County; “Lt. Charles Nevill” telling of the last Ranger-Apache fight in the Diablo Mountains near Van Horn; “A Ranger Captain” (Fort Inge); all the preceding articles by the editor. Also “The Indian Tells His Story” about the Battle of Dove Creek, by John Warren Hunter…….50.00
b) December, 1933—articles include: “El Paso The Hub of Texas History;” “Mexican Payrolls and American Bandits”; “The Camels Come To Big Bend” by Judge O.W. Williams;  “Fort Quitman”; “The Salt War of San Elizario”; “Fort Davis And Indians”; “The Robbery of the Valentine Store” and “Van Horn Wells” by E.E. Townsend; “Some Early History of Presidio” and more………50.00
c) January, 1934 –articles by various authors include: “Old San Elizario”; “The Salt War of San Elizario”; “Brief Career of Tom O’Folliard, Billy the Kid’s Partner”; “A Real Cowboy Preacher (Rev. R.L. Millican)”; “A Story of Two Brothers ” (George & William Brooks); “Among Austin’s Original 300”;  and more.……50.00
d ) April-May, 1934 – articles  by various authors include: “The Ghosts and Their Wealth” (Chisos Mountains); “Spanish Explorations Along the Conchos and Rio Grande” (17th and 18th century explorations); and more…….50.00
e ) February-March, 1934 – articles by various authors include: “My Yaqui Friends”; “Travel in West Texas 84 Years Ago”; “U.S. and Mexican boundary Survey” (as it pertains to the Big Bend region); “The Lost Gold Mine in the Guadalupe Mountains”; “The History of Presidio County”; “Early West Texas Cattle and Horse Brands”; and more……50.00
f ) 1936 “Centennial Edition” – articles about the Brites of Capote; Presidio County; Indian fights; Fort Leaton; Fort D.A. Russell, Marfa; Pancho Villa; and much more. 111  pages. ……..75.00

 

5__010[BREWSTER COUNTY] Mirages, Mysteries and Reality--BREWSTER COUNTY, TEXAS: The Big Bend of the Rio Grande by Clifford B Casey. 1972, 1st limited edition. of 1500 copies, Hereford. Illustrations by Ron Reynolds. A good history of the county which includes many well-rounded and interesting historical essays, plus biographical sketches of many early county residents. 485pp w/photos; maps; appendices which include a list of county officials and of registered county brands; references; index.  Folio hardback w/pictorial covers …..165.00
      

        

[BREWSTER COUNTY] ALPINE, TEXAS Then and Now, A Centennial Edition by Clifford B. Casey.  1981, 1st limited edition of 2,000 copies, Seagraves.  Detailed history of the county seat of Brewster County. Includes a 100 page section of biographical sketches of many pioneers to the region. 4377pp w/photos, photo appendix, index. Folio HB w/pictorial cover…….150.00

[COKE COUNTYFORT CHADBOURNE: A Military Post, A Family Heritage  by Ann Pate*. 2011, 1st edition, Fort Chadbourne.  Foreword by Garland Richards, President, Fort Chadbourne Foundation. This is the “first and only full length book containing both the history of the military post, and the family that has called it home for eight generations…A factual account taken from military records, letters, diaries, family deeds.”  341pp w/photographs, charts, rosters and maps. HB/DJ, new [multiple copies available] SIGNED……29.95

[*Ann Pate serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Chadbourne Foundation and works daily at the Fort doing research, cataloging, and tours.]

[CROCKETT COUNTY] OZONA COUNTRY by Allan R. Bosworth. 1964, 1st ed, NY. Author relates some history of Crockett County along with his own early day experiences in the region. Photos. 238pp w/photos, bibliography.  HB/DJ…30.00

6_012[CROCKETT COUNTY] YESTERYEAR IN OZONA AND CROCKETT COUNTY  by V.I. Pierce. 1980, 1st ed, Talley Press (San Angelo) 
Editing by Elmer Kelton. Pierce recounts his days as a youngster on his ranch in Crockett County in the early part of the 20th-century: cowboys, sheepmen and cattlemen, much more.
137pp w/many photos. 
HB/DJ………..65.00               


[HARDEMAN COUNTY] THE LAST FRONTIER: The Story of Hardeman County compiled by Bill Neal. 1996, 2nd edition, Quanah.  Foreword by A. C. Greene. 280+ pages with a narrative history; family histories; church, club and business histories; marriage and birth records; 1880 census rolls; index to family histories; cattle brands; includes a photo section about Comanche Chief Quanah Parker. Folio HB…50.00

[HASKELL COUNTY]  HASKELL COUNTY AND ITS PIONEERS by Rex A. Felker. 1975, 1st edition, Quanah.  323pp with historical articles, many photos, family histories.  Folio HB….85.00

[IRION COUNTY] A HISTORY OF IRION COUNTY by Leta Crawford. 1966, 1st edition, Waco. A history that covers the countys earliest days to the 1960s. 152pp w/photos, appendices, index. HB/DJ errata laid in.35.00

[JEFF DAVIS COUNTYJEFF DAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS by Lucy Miller Jacobson & Mildred Bloys Nored. 1993, 1st edition, Fort Davis.   A massive, detailed history of this Trans-Pecos border county from prehistoric to present times: Espejo Expedition; Fort Davis; Civil War days; Victorio campaign; Jesse Evans gang, and other outlaws; cattle and ranching; much more. 676pp w/many photos, endpaper maps, many family histories chronologically by era, notes, bibliography, index. Folio hardback.….150.00

[KING COUNTY] KING COUNTY: Windmills and Barbed Wire 1976, 1st edition, Quanah. 465pp w/many photos, historical articles; ranching: 4 Sixes, Pitchfork, SMS, others; records, tales; educations and churches; etc.,  plus many family histories listed alphabetically in the table of contents. Folio HB….65.00

 [MASON COUNTY] MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL BOOK compiled by Mason County Historical Commission. 2009, 2nd edition, Mason. First published in 1976, this county history includes numerous historical articles, cemetery map, and many family histories arranged alphabetically. 384pp w/many illustrations. Folio hardback (brown cloth with gold lettering) = $49.95; folio paperback (black w/gold lettering)  = $34.95

 [McCULLOCH COUNTY] HANDBOOK OF McCULLOCH COUNTY HISTORY Vol. I compiled by Wayne Spiller. 1976, 2nd printing, Seagraves.  A comprehensive history of this Central Texas county that includes its creation, community histories,  ranching, pioneer life, evolution of education, weather, election registers, medical registers, census data, and much more. 618pp with numerous photos, index.  Folio HB …..75.00
 [McCULLOCH COUNTY] HANDBOOK OF McCULLOCH COUNTY HISTORY Vol. II  compiled by Wayne Spiller. Undated 2nd printing. More historical articles, and many more McCulloch county family biographies; Masonic history; 1900 county census; and much more. [This volume also includes errata and a supplemental index for Volume I.] 493pp w/photos, appendix, index. Folio HB ……….75.00
 [McCULLOCH COUNTY] HANDBOOK OF McCULLOCH COUNTY HISTORY Vol. III  compiled by Wayne Spiller. 1999, 1st edition, Abilene.  This volume includes more general history; another large family biographical section; military section, and more. 418pp w/photos, appendix, index.  Folio HB……75.00

[PECOS COUNTYPECOS COUNTY HISTORY by Marsha Lea Daggett. 1984,
1st edition, Fort Stockton. Two Volumes  583 and 438 pages with photos, historical articles, and many family histories. The volume containing family histories has table of contents to families listed, and the second volume with historical articles is indexed. [Includes biographies of the noted surveyor, pioneer and judge, O.W. Williams, and his son, Clayton Williams, Sr.]  Both  volumes folio HB/DJ,  the set = 150.00

presidio countyBeautiful and affordable new edition!
[PRESIDIO COUNTY] HISTORY OF MARFA AND PRESIDIO COUNTY, TEXAS, 1535-1946 by Cecilia Thompson. 2011, reprint edition, Waco. This highly sought after county history deservedly won the prestigious “T.R. Fehrenbach Award For Best County History in Texas.” It’s a chronologically arranged narrative history that spans four centuries, from the earliest Spanish explorers of the region to contemporary times.  A total of 1025 pages with maps, many period photos, appendices, bibliography, index. TWO VOLUMES bound in slick wrappers and encased in a durable cloth slipcase with pictorial cover. The set = $65.00

[PRESIDIO COUNTY]  MARFA by Louise S. O’Connor & Cecilia Thompson. 2009, Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. A pictorial record that  “traces Marfa’s colorful history from its founding through its current status as an art community.” 126pp w/photos.  Softcover…..21.99

[TAYLOR COUNTYA PEOPLE, A PLACE: The Story of Abilene, Volume I, The Future Great City, 1881-1940 by Robert W. Sledge. 2008, 1st edition, Buffalo Gap. A history of the West Texas town that originated as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. [I assume there is a Volume II to follow at a later date.]  316pp w/map, photos, bibliography, index. Softcover……24.95 [this title is currently in-print]

[TAYLOR COUNTYABILENE LANDMARKS: An Illustrated Tour  by Donald S. Frazier and Robert F. Pace. 2008, 1st edition, Buffalo Gap. Photographs by Steve Butman.  “The story of Abilene as told through 100 of its most historic buildings.” 248pp w/photos, bibliography, index. Folio HB/DJ….49.95 [this title is currently in-print]

[TOM GREEN COUNTYTOM GREEN COUNTY: Chronicles Of Our Heritage TWO VOLUMES.  2003, 1st edition, Abilene.  Volume One (566pp): “General History” with maps and photos. Many historical articles about Fort Concho; pioneer biographical sketches; community histories; farming and ranching; much more. Volume Two (528pp): “Family Histories.”  Both volumes are indexed.  Two volumes folio hardbacks bound in green cloth with gold embossed lettering, the set = 125.00

2-0004[TOM GREEN COUNTY] THE CONCHO COUNTRY by Gus Clemens.  
1981, 1st edition, San Angelo.  A good, comprehensive history of the region in West Texas drained by the three Concho Rivers, with its central focus being around San Angelo and Tom Green County: the Spaniards; horse Indians; emigrants; Civil War and settlement; Fort Concho; frontier military; ranching and farming; the oil boom; much more. 232pp w/maps, photos, bibliography, index. Folio HB/DJ….125.00 (limited supply)

 

2-0002[WICHITA COUNTY] HISTORY OF WICHITA FALLS by Jonnie R. Morgan.
1971, 2nd “special collector’s edition,” Wichita Falls. 
221pp w/photos, historical articles,
some biographical  information on
early citizens. 
HB/DJ…….55.00

[WICHITA COUNTYWICHITA FALLS: A Century in Photographs by Michael Duty.  Includes a historical essay and many period photographs. 235pp0. Folio HB/DJ…..100.00
 

WEST TEXAS HISTORY (GENERAL):
Listed here is a sampling of NEW books about West Texas that I have in stock.  (I have an extensive section of out-of-print titles relating to the history of West Texas, so contact me if you’re looking for a specific title or subject.)

2-00011)  THE SECRET WAR IN EL PASO: Mexican Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906-1920 by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler.2009, 1st edition, lbuquerque             In this book fully researched book, the authors have chronicled many clandestine operations in and around El Paso by American businesses and the U.S. Government who sought to maintain their influences in Mexico and protect national interests while keeping an eye on key figures of the Mexican Revolution. During that period, El Paso served as refuge to revolutionists, smugglers, gunrunners, counter-feiters, propagandists, double agents, criminals, and other underground characters. 488pp w/illus, notes, biblio, index. HB/DJ………..37.50

 

2) BIG BEND LANDSCAPES by Dennis Blagg. 2002, 1st edition, College Station. Introduction by Ron Tyler.  Through his almost photo-like paintings and drawings, Blagg brings the viewer both the beauty and the hostility of the Big Bend region of West Texas.  Here are fifty of his most powerful color paintings and twenty striking black-and-white drawings. He includes brief insightful commentaries on each work. Ron Tyler’s introduction adds historical perspective. 141pp w/biblio.  Oblong folio HB/DJ…..40.00              

3) GHOST SCHOOLS OF THE BIG BEND by Albert Briggs Tucker. 2008, 1st edition, Brownwood.  An interesting history of education in the remote Big Bend region of Texas—details of long abandoned schools with the recollections of  students, teachers, parents and principals.  165pp w/photos, appendix, index.  Softcover…..16.95 SOLD OUT
              
2-00004) LITTLE KNOWN HISTORY OF THE TEXAS BIG BEND by Glenn Justice. 2001, revised edition. Odessa. “Documented chronicles from Cabeza de Vaca to the era of Pancho Villa.”  Justice gives a fresh view of the region’s history using many previously undiscovered primary sources, private papers, and declassified military documents. Much on early Spanish exploration; Don Milton Favor and his fortification; John Spencer’s discovery of silver ore in the Chinati Mountains that set in motion silver mining at Shafter; Mexican bandit raid on the Brite Ranch and retaliation by Texas Rangers; much more. 202pp w/photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index. RECOMMENDED! Softcover. $24.95

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2-10-00005) FORT CONCHO and the TEXAS FRONTIER  by J. Evetts Haley.  2006, 2nd edition limited to 1000 copies, West Texas Legacy Press, Midland. This edition with a new introduction by Elmer Kelton; new foreword by Mike Cox; original illustrations by H.D. Bugbee; and original typography designed by Carl Hertzog.  Haley’s classic history of  the frontier military outpost and the West Texas country that surrounds it. 352pp w/index. HB/DJ……$80.00

 

2-12-00006) RAILROADS OF WESTERN TEXAS by Douglas Lee Broadaway. 2000, 1st edition, Charleston. The story of the Southern Pacific Railroad’s early days and the towns that sprang up as it was built across West Texas. Among the 200+ photos are some spectacular images of the Pecos High Bridge. 128pp w/maps. S0ftcover…19.99

7) TAMING THE LAND: The Lost Postcard Photographs of the Texas High Plains by John Miller Morris.  2009, 1st edition, College Station. This book depicts postcards from twenty-four counties in the booming Texas Panhandle at the turn of the 20th Century.  They give us a good insight into what life was like in rural Texas during this period.  220pp w/bibliography, index.  Large folio HB/DJ……45.00

2-14-00008) CHRONICLES OF THE BIG BEND: A Photographic Memoir of Life on the Border by W.D. Smithers. c1976, reprint, Austin.
Pancho Villa, bootleggers, curanderos and avisadores are among the intrigues of the Big Bend caught by Smithers’ camera in the early part of the 20th-century.
144pp. w/many period photos, index. Folio HB/DJ…….29.95 SOLD OUT

 

NOTE: The following titles (#9 and #10) are out-of-print, but I have a few remaining copies:

9) THE ROMANCE OF DAVIS MOUNTAINS AND BIG BEND COUNTRY: A History  by Carlysle Graham Raht. 1963, 2nd “Texana Edition,” El Paso. An excellent history of the Big Bend and trans-Pecos region of Texas from written records and firsthand accounts by people who were instrumental in building the region. 381pp w/period photos. Hardback……40.00 (while they last)

10) THE DANCING WAS LIVELY: Fort Concho, Texas: A Social History, 1867 to 1882  by Bill Green. 1974, 1st limited edition of 1000 copies, San Angelo. Author tapped new sources to provide this look at frontier military social life and to give us an interesting look at how the post resident’s fought boredom and loneliness. Chapters on shelter and sanitation; supply; daily routine, social life and diversions. 146pp w/maps, photos and illustrations, bibliography, notes, index.  HB/DJ, SIGNED…75.00 (while they last)

 

  WEST TEXAS GEOLOGICAL GUIDES:
 
In a style that’s easy to read and understand, author Macleod describes how volcanoes, millions of years ago, created some of the most striking scenery in Texas.  These interesting guides include vivid photographs, maps and diagrams explaining the landscape and geology of these unique Texas regions.
1) River Road Vistas: A Journey along The River Road by William MacLeod
      184pp. Softcover……24.95
2) Big Bend Vistas: Journeys Through Big BendNational Park by William MacLeod
      190pp. Softcover…….24.95
3) DavisMountains Vistas: Journeys Through The Mountains by William MacLeod
      160pp. Softcover…….24.95
4) Palo Duro Vistas: A Journey Through PaloDuroCanyonby William MacLeod
      103.95Softcover…….16.95       

JOURNAL OF BIG BEND STUDIES:
(Here I’ve listed available issues with prices.)
Vol 1 =  out
Vol 2 = $35.00 op
Vol 3 = $25.00 op
Vol 4 = $25.00 op
Vol 5 = out
Vol 6 = out
Vol 7 = $25.00 op
Vol 8 = out
Vol 9 = out
Vol 10 = $25.00 op
Vol 11 = $20.00
Vol 12 = $20.00
Vol 13 = $25.00 op
Vol 14 = out
Vol 15 = $25.00 op
Vol 16 = $25.00 op
Vol 17 = $20.00
Vol 18 = $20.00
Vol 19 = $20.00
Vol 20 = $20.00
Vol 21 = $20.00
Vol 22 = $20.00
Vol 23 = $20.00
Vol 24 = $20.00

WEST TEXAS ARCHEOLOGY:
Listed here are some in-print titles I have in stock (I have many more out-of-print titles)

1) THE ROCK ART OF TEXAS INDIANS  by W. W. Newcomb.  1996, reissue, Austin. Paintings by Forrest Kirkland, 32 in full color, 128 in black and white, plus many photos. This book is the result of a decades-long study of rock art in West Texas from the Pecos and Devil’s rivers to the Big Bend and Hueco Tanks northeast of El Paso.  Hundreds of examples of petroglyphs and pictographs are reproduced. 239pp w/appendix, bibliography, index.  Folio softcover…..34.95 SOLD OUT

3-00012) ROCK ART OF THE LOWER PECOS by Carolyn E. Boyd.  2003, 1st edition, College Station.  “…a landmark volume on one of the most important bodies of rock art in the world…required reading for anyone interested in the archaic prehistory of North America.”  139pp w/illustrations, tables, appendix, bibliography, index. 
Folio HB/DJ…….45.00

 

3-12-00013) PECOS RIVER ROCK ART: A Photographic Essay  by Turpin, Solveig A.. [with photographs by Jim Zintgraff`   1991, 1st edition, San Antonio.  Many of the remarkable sixty-four color photographs reproduced in this book were taken before the area was inundated after the completion of Amistad Dam. 72pp w/suggested reading list and index to photos. 
Folio HB/DJ…..39.95

4)  A FIELD GUIDE TO STONE ARTIFACTS OF TEXAS INDIANS by Ellen Sue Turner and Thomas R. Hester. 2011, completely revised and expanded edition, Lanham.  Identifies and describes over 200 dart and arrow points and stone tools used by prehistoric Indians. Includes charts, geographic distribution maps and reliable age dating information.  
395pp w/illustrations, references, appendices. Folio softcover…..29.95   

 

 

5) The RosilloPeak Site: A Prehistoric Mountaintop Campsite in Big Bend National
       Park  by Robert J. Mallouf, et al.  Softcover ……$20.00

6) The Paradise Site: A Middle Archaic site on the O2 Ranch, Presidio County, Texas
       by Andrea J. Ohl.  Softcover…..20.00

7) Late Prehistory Along the Rimrock: PintoCanyon Ranch by John D. Seebach.
       Softcover……$20.00

8) The Millington Site: Archaeological and Human Osteological Investigations, Presidio County, Texasby Wm. A. Cloud and Jennifer c. Piehl. Softcover….$20.00