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Empire Builder in the Texas Panhandle: William Henry Bush

Carlson, Paul H.

Published by Texas A & M University Press, College Station, Texas, 1996
ISBN 10: 0890967121 / ISBN 13: 9780890967126
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Title: Empire Builder in the Texas Panhandle: ...

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press, College Station, Texas

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition


Cloth (hardcover) in mylar protected dust-jacket. 186 pages, w/ Notes, Bibliography, and Index; illustrated. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED by Caroline Bush Emeny (daughter of William Henry Bush). A close study at the Texas Panhandle's growth and development over a fifty year period at the turn of the last century. Bookseller Inventory # 002873

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Synopsis: In Empire Builder in the Texas Panhandle, author Paul H. Carlson tells the story of Chicago-based William Henry Bush and his role in shaping development of the Texas Panhandle from the 1880s to the 1930s.     In 1881, Bush secured interest in the sprawling Frying Pan Ranch ? a ranch that covered two counties and bordered what would later become Amarillo. The ranch's unlikely new owner from the north was a clothing wholesaler, real estate developer, philanthropist, and fledgling cattleman. As an outsider, he brought his business savvy and vision of civic growth to bear on one of America's last frontiers.   In an age of unrestricted capitalism and flamboyant displays of wealth, Bush's style was quiet and unassuming. A major real estate owner in the burned-over district of post-1871 Chicago, Bush cast his eye elsewhere for opportunity and found it in the Texas Panhandle. There, he risked his future and fortune on a region that had been left largely untouched by commerce.     By the late 1880s, Bush had taken greater control over operations at the Frying Pan Ranch, assuming a major role as a business and civic leader in the region. His philanthropic efforts focused on the vitalization of Amarillo?helping to create a community that would come to dominate the Panhandle by the 1930s.  

About the Author: PAUL H. CARLSON is a professor of history at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He is the author of six books, including The Plains Indians and The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877, both published by Texas A&M University Press.

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