9781933337005

Thurber Texas : The Life and Death of a Company Coal Town

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  • ISBN13:

    9781933337005

  • ISBN10:

    1933337001

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-28
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
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Summary

The Thurber coal district sprang to life in the late 1880s in northern Erath County, Texas, some seventy miles west of Fort Worth. The mines were opened by the Texas & Pacific Coal Company to fuel the locomotives of its railway, whose tracks crossed the state from Marshall to El Paso. The company also built the town of Thurber to service the mines. It then imported workers from distant points, eventually including some twenty nationalities, whose old country ways contrasted sharply with neighboring farm life. John Spratt grew to manhood in Mingus, just three miles north of Thurber during the 1920s. His chronicle of the Thurber district is not only a nostalgic trip back in time but also a case study of the impact of technological change on one part of modern America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword vii
Introduction ix
Preface xix
1. From Pecos to Mingus
1(5)
2. Two Different Towns
6(11)
3. The Lifeline
17(9)
4. Life in Thurber
26(9)
5. Fun and Frolic
35(10)
6. Rare Events and Big Celebrations
45(10)
7. The Local Business Scene
55(13)
8. Specialty Enterprises
68(9)
9. Chores
77(10)
10. Life around Home 87(10)
11. Holiday Season 97(6)
12. Passing Trains 103(8)
13. Thurber and Mingus Go into Decline 111(10)
14. The End of an Era 121(8)
References 129(2)
Index 131

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