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Taming The Nueces Strip by George Durham

Title Taming the Nueces Strip
Author George Durham
Publisher University of Texas Press
Release Date 2010-03-01
Category History
Total Pages 204
ISBN 9780292792470
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Only an extraordinary Texas Ranger could have cleaned up bandit-plagued Southwest Texas, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, in the years following the Civil War. Thousands of raiders on horseback, some of them Anglo-Americans, regularly crossed the river from Mexico to pillage, murder, and rape. Their main objective? To steal cattle, which they herded back across the Rio Grande to sell. Honest citizens found it almost impossible to live in the Nueces Strip. In desperation, the governor of Texas called on an extraordinary man, Captain Leander M. McNelly, to take command of a Ranger company and stop these border bandits. One of McNelly's recruits for this task was George Durham, a Georgia farmboy in his teens when he joined the "Little McNellys," as the Captain's band called themselves. More than half a century later, it was George Durham, the last surviving "McNelly Ranger," who recounted the exciting tale of taming the Nueces Strip to San Antonio writer Clyde Wantland. In Durham's account, those long-ago days are brought vividly back to life. Once again the daring McNelly leads his courageous band across Southwest Texas to victories against incredible odds. With a boldness that overcame their dismayingly small number, the McNellys succeeded in bringing law and order to the untamed Nueces Strip—succeeded so well that they antagonized certain "upright" citizens who had been pocketing surreptitious dollars from the bandits' operations.

Texas Ranger by James K. Greer

Title Texas Ranger
Author James K. Greer
Publisher Texas A & M University Press
Release Date 1993
Category History
Total Pages 237
ISBN UOM:39015032752274
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Centennial series of the Association Former Students, Texas A & M Univ. ; no. 50." Hay's colorful reputation and a host of nicknames earned during battles.

Donna Texas by Laura Lincoln

Title Donna Texas
Author Laura Lincoln
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2002
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 073851943X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Donna, Texas, named for the daughter of one of the town's founders, is located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Established in 1904, Donna has grown from a village of tent-dwelling pioneers to a community of families who share a productive agricultural and economic tradition. Captured here in over 150 vintage images, from the 1890s to the 1950s, is the rich history of the ranchers who lived along the Rio Grande, the entrepreneurs and families who settled in Donna and contributed to its development, and the social impact of the military in the years just before World War I. Advertisements from developers, railroads, and businessmen's organizations brought many Texans and Midwesterners to Donna. Deployment of U.S. soldiers, Texas state militia, and National Guardsmen to the border during the 1914-1917 bandit raids brought a new prosperity to Donna with the influx of these troops. From the coming of the railroad and construction of the irrigation system, to the laying out of farms and groves, and finally to the building of the town itself, Donna residents have always seen the potential of their chosen land.

Title Captain L H McNelly Texas Ranger
Author Chuck Parsons
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001-01-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 366
ISBN 188051074X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first authentic biography of one of the most famous of the nineteenth century Texas Rangers-Capt. Leander H. McNelly. No history of the murderous Sutton-Taylor Feud, or of the Texas State Police, or of the depredations of the Mexican Gen. Juan H. Cortina, or of the rancher Richard King, or of the infamous Nueces Strip can be written without major emphases on the influence of McNelly and the men who followed him so loyally. Chuck Parsons is a native of Iowa, spending most of his life as an educator in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles, all concerning outlaws and lawmen of Texas and the West. For over six years he wrote a monthly column "The Answer Man" for True West magazine. Parsons currently resides in South Texas. Marianne E. Hall Little is a native Texan and a descendent of three Texas Rangers. She has written sixteen books, mostly stemming from her genealogical research. She has co-authored with Chuck Parsons and James S. Peterson, writing the biography of Mace Bowman Texas Feudist Western Lawman. Little lives in South Texas.

Title John King Fisher King of the Nueces Strip
Author G. R. Williamson
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date 2018-02-04
Category
Total Pages 188
ISBN 1981186212
Language English, Spanish, and French
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John King Fisher - King of the Nueces Strip From a Stock Marshal to cattle rustler to Deputy Sheriff, King Fisher was the undisputed ruler of the rough border brasada inhabited by outlaws of every description known as the "Nueces Strip." Even the famed Texas Rangers were fearful of his grip: IT IS A REIGN OF TERROR FROM THE MEN WHO INFEST THIS REGION. ...THE WHITE CITIZENS ARE ALL FRIENDS OF KING FISHER. THERE IS A REGULARLY ORGANIZED BAND OF DESPERADOES FROM GOLIAD TO THE HEADWATERS OF THE NUECES. THIS BAND IS MADE UP OF MEN WHO HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES IN OTHER STATES AND FLED FOR REFUGE HERE, WHERE THEY GO TO ROBBING FOR A LIVING. Flamboyant, he was described as wearing "a tres piedras sombrero, with a solid gold coiled rattler for the band and gold tassels. His shirt was of that heavy Mexico City silk, opened at the throat; and a silk, red bandanna was knotted around his neck." His pistols were nickel-plated Colt .45's and he knew how to use them, killing over a dozen men during his life as a bandit chieftain, later turned lawman. Known as one of the best pistol fighters of his day, John King Fisher has remained an enigma in the chronicles of the Western Frontier. While other gun fighters have achieved notoriety through the stories told in the pulp magazines and newspapers of the day, John King Fisher has been largely ignored. Fisher was credited with killing a string of men during his lifetime and the mere mention of his name was usually enough to sober up a drunken opponent or cause a sober man to contemplate his own epitaph. Oddly enough, Fisher was not a cold-blooded murder, but rather stand-up gun fighter that faced his adversaries in a winner-take-all shootout. Thoroughly researched and documented, this is John King Fisher's astounding true story. Readers' Favorite - 5-star review

Allen Park by Sharon Broglin

Title Allen Park
Author Sharon Broglin
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2007
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738551090
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Allen Park's history begins when Native Americans hunted, fished, and paddled their canoes along the banks of Ecorse Creek. The French were among the earliest settlers, and after the land was cleared, German farmers arrived. Ecorse Township, known today as Downriver, was divided into seven different cities, and Allen Park was born. Once characterized as a "lazy, farming hamlet," Allen Park's residents were the most influential in developing the Village of Allen Park out of Ecorse Township, in 1927, and worked to become the City of Allen Park in 1957. Henry Ford's $5 workday prompted many farmers to sell to developers and go to work for Ford. Hungarians, Poles, Italians, and Armenians moved in, becoming the major ethnic groups within the community. Among the city's celebrities there have been writers, radio and sports personalities, cartoonists, and fashion designers. Towering over the Interstate 94 corridor in Allen Park, the Uniroyal Giant Tire has become an American icon, and although the Veterans Administration medical center is gone, it will forever live in residents' hearts. Enjoy the city's story, gathered from the files of the Allen Park Historical Museum.

Hard Rivers by Craig P. Howard

Title Hard Rivers
Author Craig P. Howard
Publisher Greenleaf Book Group
Release Date 2016-08-09
Category Travel
Total Pages 344
ISBN 9781632990914
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Hard Rivers, author Craig P. Howard recounts the harrowing journey of La Salle: Expedition II, a reenactment of the 1681–82 voyage of La Salle from Montreal to the Gulf of Mexico. The crew, made up of sixteen teenage boys and seven adults led by one charismatic teacher, launched their canoes on August 11, 1976, and arrived at the Gulf on April 9, 1977—3,300 miles later. Lake Michigan and Midwest rivers froze solid in the historic cold, forcing the teens to march 500 miles, first from Chicago to St. Joseph, Michigan and then across Indiana and Illinois. Despite temperatures of twenty-seven below and wind chills of seventy-eight below, near fatalities outside Green Bay, and a truck accident near Hebron, Indiana that hospitalized four, they achieved something that had never been done before and will never be done again.

Schaumburg by Betsy Armistead

Title Schaumburg
Author Betsy Armistead
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2004
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738533505
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Incorporated in 1956, the history of Schaumburg dates back to the mid-19th century when the area was settled by German immigrants. Originally known as Sarah's Grove, the name was never formally adopted, and until 1851 the area's official name was Township 41. Legend has it that during a township meeting in 1850, prominent German landowner Frederick Nerge put his fist down on the table and declared, "Schaumburg ichall et heiten!" meaning "It will be called Schaumburg" or literally "Schaumburg it shall be." Derived from the part of Germany where many residents had originated, the name stuck.

Gwinnett County by Jennifer E. Cheeks-Collins

Title Gwinnett County
Author Jennifer E. Cheeks-Collins
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2012-09-18
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781439612248
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The African-American community of Gwinnett County boasts a rich heritage brought to life in scenes captured by early photography. These residents faced challenges and hardships both during and after slavery and entered into the turbulent 20th century poised for social change; theirs is an engaging story told by the proud faces in this volume. Men and women who built homes and businesses, who defended their country in times of war, and who educated their young make up the diverse and determined African-American citizenry of this greater Atlanta community.

Hess S Department Store by Frank A. Whelan

Title Hess s Department Store
Author Frank A. Whelan
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2008-12
Category History
Total Pages 15
ISBN 0738562769
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Texas City by Albert L. Mitchell

Title Texas City
Author Albert L. Mitchell
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2011
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 073857970X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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At 100 years old, Texas City is a relatively young city. It was founded not for its beauty or its climate but for its strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico. It developed into a major port city, and industries sprang up and flourished. From bare acreage, the founders forged a community that would become a hometown to thousands of people. Texas City has seen its highs and lows. The U.S. Air Force experienced its humble beginnings here, for instance. The same port, however, that gave life to the desolate land brought destruction in 1947 in the form of the Texas City explosion. A ship carrying ammonium nitrate blew up, killing almost 600 residents, injuring thousands, and bringing damage to nearly every building in town. Texas City recovered from the explosion and in the following decades, continued to be a place of pride for its citizens. The pages of this book are filled with images dating from the 1950s and 1960s to bring back the feeling of a bygone era in Texas City.

Huntington by Terry L. Baldridge

Title Huntington
Author Terry L. Baldridge
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2010-01-01
Category History
Total Pages 95
ISBN 0738566675
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Named in 1870 after railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington, the city of Huntington is nestled on the southern bank of the majestic Ohio River and the rolling hills of northwestern West Virginia.

Alma by David McMacken

Title Alma
Author David McMacken
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738561258
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ely, founder of Alma, selected 10 acres of old forest on the bank of the Pine River in 1853. In this central-Michigan wilderness, he built a log cabin, a log store, and two steam-powered mills--a sawmill and a gristmill. At first, his growing settlement was called Elyton, but within a few years, it was renamed Alma, memorializing a battle in the Crimean War. Alma was energized by the acquisition of millionaire lumberman and entrepreneur Ammi W. Wright, who poured his resources into the town. Wright encouraged the establishment of Alma College in 1886 and the state Masonic home for the elderly in 1911. Wright laid the foundations for Alma's great Republic Truck Company, the largest exclusive maker of trucks in the world by 1920. The discovery of several oil fields prompted the establishment of two oil refineries in Alma in the 1930s and saved the town from the doldrums of the Great Depression. By the 1950s, Alma was a key national manufacturer of house trailers and mobile homes. This photographic panorama reflects the city's economic cycles and its institutions that have given Alma an enviable stability through the years.

The Foxfire Book by Eliot Wigginton

Title The Foxfire Book
Author Eliot Wigginton
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1972
Category Crafts & Hobbies
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780385073530
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Interviews and essays describe the way of life and crafts of pioneer America still surviving in the Appalachian region.

Weslaco by Karen Gerhardt

Title Weslaco
Author Karen Gerhardt
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 1999
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738503053
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Photographic history of Weslaco, Texas.

Harrison Township Michigan by Marie Ling McDougal

Title Harrison Township Michigan
Author Marie Ling McDougal
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2002
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738519251
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The Gateway to Water Fun"-Harrison Township's motto says it all. From the Native Americans, missionaries, and farmers who tamed the wilderness to the boaters who flock to the Township's launches, marinas, and ever-increasing subdivisions, the adventurous have found a home in the area now commonly referred to as Boat Town U.S.A. Illustrated in over 200 vintage photographs, Harrison Township, Michigan captures the events and everyday activities that have come to define this eastern Michigan township. Featured in this wonderful collection are current and past attractions, such as Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Metropolitan Beach Metropark, and the many marinas and waterfront restaurants. This pictorial history explores the trials, successes, and dreams of the Township's founders, revealing a history that lives on in the mind's eye and in images passed on through generations.

Oak Creek Wisconsin by Anita Rowe

Title Oak Creek Wisconsin
Author Anita Rowe
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 1998-11-01
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738549231
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin, is a close-knit community with a long tradition of farming. Authors Anita and Larry Rowe have compiled this volume of photographs from the Oak Creek Historical Society, CNI newspapers, and many longtime residents to trace the history of Oak Creek from the turn of the century, when the community was mostly farmland, to its incorporation as a city in the 1950s. With this glimpse into Oak Creek's past, residents of all ages will delight in discovering the unique heritage of this city in southeastern Wisconsin. The images featured, many of which have never before been published, offer rare views into the daily lives of the area's early settlers at work and at play. Family histories, Oak Creek's struggle for an independent identity outside of the city of Milwaukee, the stories behind the historic buildings at the Oak Creek Historical Museum, and the colorful past of the city's taverns are all brought to life in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Glen Rose Texas by Gene Fowler

Title Glen Rose Texas
Author Gene Fowler
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2002-02-19
Category Photography
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781439613351
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Charles Barnard, a Connecticut entrepreneur, settled in the Brazos Valley in 1849, running an Indian Trading Post. He built a gristmill in 1860 near the confluence of the Brazos and Paluxy Rivers, around which the town of Glen Rose sprang up. Captured here in over 200 vintage photographs and postcards is the history of this quintessential little Texas town, from its origins as a mill town, to the bedroom community of Fort Worth that it has become today. In its earliest days, settlers flocked to the region from the war-torn South during the Civil War. By the 1900s, both Somervell County and Glen Rose established fame as a tourist resort, offering springs and artesian waters to heal the body and spirit. Naturopathic and magnetic healers built sanitariums, while locals built tourist parks to entertain the crowds that came for rest and relaxation. Showcased here are images of the Hill postcard collection, which relay the intriguing story of Glen Rose as a recreation mecca, the Moonshine Capital of Texas during Prohibition, the discovery of the infamous dinosaur tracks, and its development as it enters the 21st century.

Newburyport by John Hardy Wright

Title Newburyport
Author John Hardy Wright
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 1999-11-01
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738563331
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Formerly the smallest city in Massachusetts, Newburyport is considered to be one of the architectural gems of New England. Its history, both public and private, is intertwined with and expressed by its structures. Newburyport was incorporated in 1764 when it broke away from the early settlement of Newbury, which was founded in 1635 by English livestock investors. The port supplied England with large timbers for shipbuilding in the 1700s. As international trade grew, many merchants acquired great wealth, which in turn helped build the city. The devastating fire of 1811 prompted building ordinances requiring non-wooden material, and the beautiful, Federal-period brick structures in the downtown area are the result. Today Newburyport is an historical destination, the consummation of years of work in architectural preservation, enriched by Yankee, European, and French-Canadian cultures.

New Bedford by Anthony Sammarco

Title New Bedford
Author Anthony Sammarco
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2003-07-17
Category Photography
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781439628881
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1765, when Joseph Rotch sailed across the bay from Nantucket, he brought with him the skills and knowledge to start New Bedford's whaling industry. By 1830 the town was a larger whaling port than Nantucket, with an immense fleet employing more than 10,000 people.