History Ahead : Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-20
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
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More than 13,000 historical markers line the roadsides of Texas, giving drivers a way to sample the stories of the past. But these markers tell only part of the story. InHistory Ahead, Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman introduce readers to the rich, colorful, and sometimes action-packed and humorous history behind the famous (Charles Lindbergh, Will Rogers, The Big Bopper, and jazz great Charlie Christian) and the not-so-famous (Elmer "Lumpy" Kleb, Don Pedro Jaramillo, and Carl Morene, the "music man of Schulenburg") who have left their marks on the history of Texas. They visit cotton gins, abandoned airfields, forgotten cemeteries, and former World War II alien detention camps to dig up the little-known and unsuspected narratives behind the text emblazoned on these markers. Written in an anecdotal style that presents the cultural uniqueness and rich diversity of Texas history,History Aheadincludes nineteen main stories, dozens of complementary sidebars, and many never-before-published historical and contemporary photographs. History Aheadoffers a rich array of local stories that interweave with the broader regional and national context, touching on themes of culture, art, music, technology, the environment, oil, aviation, and folklore, among other topics. Utley and Beeman have located these forgotten gems, polished them up to a high shine, and offered them along with convenient maps and directions to the marker sites.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
A Texas Sense of Place
Saving Elmer's Woodsp. 5
Sidebarp. 12
"While You Are Hesitating Others Are Buying-Act To-Day!"p. 13
Sidebar: South Texas Land Promoterp. 25
Sidebar: A Crop of Suckersp. 27
A Plan for the Coming Seasonp. 30
Sidebarp. 43
Sidebarp. 44
The Healer of Los Olmosp. 45
Sidebarp. 57
Too Many Barrels of Oilp. 58
Sidebarp. 69
"We Shall Come Rejoicing"p. 73
Sidebarp. 85
Sidebarp. 85
The Music Man of Schulenburgp. 88
Sidebar: "Shorthorns Forever"p. 98
Passing Through Texas
Lindbergh Landed Herep. 101
Sidebar: Lindbergh Historical Markersp. 114
Pyramids on the Road to Monte Nep. 115
Sidebar: The Natp. 131
A Gathering in the Woodsp. 132
Sidebar: Texas Forestry Associationp. 147
Ghosts at Mitchell Flatp. 148
Sidebarp. 160
Chasing the Next Frontierp. 163
Sidebarp. 174
Alien City in a Strange Landp. 176
Sidebar: Detention Camp Cemeteryp. 186
Texans on the National Stage
Fighting Every Step of the Wayp. 189
Sidebarp. 200
Sidebar: Companion Courthousesp. 201
Crossing the Great Dividep. 203
Sidebar: Charlie's Unmarked Friendsp. 217
Harvest of the Devoted Heartp. 219
Sidebarp. 235
Queen of the Airp. 237
Sidebar: The Flying Stinsonsp. 250
"Hellooo, Baby!"p. 253
Sidebarp. 266
Sidebar: City of Lubbock Cemeteryp. 267
The Theater of Tomorrow Todayp. 269
Sidebar: Stoneleigh Hotelp. 282
Sidebar: Sherman Little Theaterp. 284
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 305
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