Texas, My Texas : Musings of the Rambling Boy

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-23
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr

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In a collection of essays about Texas gathered from his West Texas newspaper column, Lonn Taylor traverses the very best of Texas geography, Texas history, and Texas personalities. In a state so famous for its pride, Taylor manages to write a very honest, witty, and wise book about Texas past and Texas present. Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boyis a story of legacies, of men and women, times, and places that have made this state what it is today. From a history of Taylor's hometown, Fort Davis, to stories about the first man wounded in the Texas Revolution, (who was an African American), to accounts of outlaw Sam Bass and an explanation of Hill Country Christmases, Taylor has searched every corner of the state for untold histories.Taylor's background as a former curator at the Smithsonian National Museum becomes apparent in his attention to detail: Roosevelt's Rough Riders, artists, architects, criminals, the founder of Neiman Marcus, and the famous horned frog "Old Rip" all make appearances as quintessential Texans. Lonn Taylor's unique narrative voice is personal. As he points out in the foreword, it is the stories of Texans themselves, of their grit and eccentricities, that have "brought the past into the present . . . the two seem to me to be bound together by stories." Peoplereal Texansare the focus of the essays, making Texas, My Texasa rite of passage for anyone who claims Texan heritage. There are just a few things every good Texan "knows," like the fact that it is illegal to pick bluebonnets along the highway, or that the Menger Hotel bar is modeled after the one in the House of Lords in London. Taylor points out with his usual wit that it is not, in fact, illegal to pick any of the six varieties of bluebonnets that grow throughout our state, and that few Texans would know that the bar is modeled after the one in the House of Lords, as few Texans are Lords. These are just a few examples of Taylor's knowledge of Texas and his passion for its citizens.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. XI
Introductionp. XIII
Texas Past
Fort Davis: Plaza or Square?p. 3
Los Ciboleros in the Panhandlep. 7
The Paynes, Black Seminole Cowboysp. 10
"An Unfortunate Admixture of African Blood"p. 13
Heat, Dust, and Boredomp. 16
The Epic of Henry O. Flipperp. 20
Charlie Siringo and the Pinkertonsp. 24
Noah Smithwick, Blacksmith and Memoiristp. 27
Teddy Roosevelt in Texasp. 30
The Liar's Skillp. 34
Sam Bass Was Born in Indianap. 38
Muy Grande Riflesp. 42
The Texas Signersp. 46
The Villain of San Jacintop. 50
Ferdinand Lindheimer, Frontier Journalistp. 54
Real Cowboys Don't Have Time to Singp. 58
Roy W. Aldrich, the Erudite Rangerp. 62
Wigfall Van Sickle, the Sage of Alpinep. 65
The Mexican Revolution in Texasp. 68
How Leighton Knipe Left His Mark on Marfap. 71
The Dead Man's Springsp. 74
Jack Hoxie and Hollywood in Fort Davisp. 78
Stanley Marcus, Civilized Texanp. 82
Texas Family
Family Sagasp. 87
My Grandmother Taylorp. 90
Uncle Willp. 94
Aunt Bessiep. 98
My Dead Grandfatherp. 102
Texas Present
Fort Worth Barsp. 109
Beatniks on Camp Bowie Boulevardp. 112
Willow Wayp. 116
Joe Frantz, Raconteurp. 119
The San Antonio River Walkp. 122
Texas-German Christmasesp. 125
Bill Dodson, Candelillerop. 128
Luis Jiménez, Artist in Fiberglassp. 131
Desert Rainp. 134
Forty-Twop. 137
King William Streetp. 140
Tigie Lancaster's Mulesp. 144
The Seven Timmermann Sistersp. 147
Czechs and Polkasp. 151
Fayette County Fourth of Julyp. 155
Billy D. Peiser, El Indiop. 159
The Paisanop. 162
Rube Evans and Polop. 166
Bear Cages and Santafeesp. 170
Two Jumps and Old Folksp. 174
Horny Toadsp. 178
They Didn't Take Paper Money During the Revolutionp. 182
"Texas, Our Texas" and Other State Symbolsp. 186
Too Many Bluebonnetsp. 190
Our Townp. 194
About the Authorp. 199
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