Reflections: An Album of West Texas History (1890-1990)

9781881825357: Reflections: An Album of West Texas History (1890-1990)
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Reflections traces the settlement of West Texas beginning with the explorations of Captain Randolph B. Marcy in 1849 and young (soon to be a famous general) Robert E. Lee in 1856. Anderson traces their explorations and the lives of the Indians who were affected by the settlers.

This book chronicles people, places, and events of early times, and how the men and women came west and settled a harsh land. Anderson shows how the buffalo were slaughtered by the millions and Indians were shipped off to the reservation. Much of the book deals with the rugged area between present day Abilene and Lubbock, Texas, but it also touches other historical events and people of early time.

The vast ranches were carved out, and men fought for their possessions. Settlers brought problems, and law and order had to be established. Reflections shows the old jails, houses, business, ranches, schools, oil wells, special events and hundreds of others in photo and story. The stories will reach deep into your emotions, and show how men and women made a home for themselves in a hostile and rugged area of Texas. Julie Temple McMullan, upon arriving at the house near San Angelo with her new husband sat down and cried: "I must be the biggest fool in the world to come 2000 miles to live with a man in a house like this." She stayed, and the two learned to love West Texas. Hundred of surviving relatives are scattered all over Texas.

When J. Wright Mooar, the famous buffalo hunter, known for killing the white buffalo near Snyder, Texas, left Vermont, a neighbor said: "I wonder how far that kid is going, to try to find where the sun went down." The early settlers didn’t find where the sun went down, but their place in West Texas was the next best thing. They could see the sun going down, and they loved it.

Quanah Parker, the famous Indian Chief, roamed the vast area, and he fought the white man. When the buffalo were all killed, and the Indians were finally driven from their land, Parker gave over and lived among them. For awhile he lived on the reservation, but he was never as happy as he was among his own people. Hunting buffalo and roaming the beautiful prairie land had been a part of the Indian culture for hundreds of years. Now, the settlers had taken their land and their way of life.

The Indians are just one of the topics covered in Reflections. This is a book that everyone should have who loves the Old West. Reflections is a book you will want for your library.

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Charles Anderson merits the attention of the serious scholar as well as the armchair pioneer. -- Jim Haley, author

This scholarly portrayal of Texas is a must-read and is an imposing sequel to Anderson's other fine books. -- R.L. Moore Jr. M.D. (Tenn.)

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