In a state as big as Texas the various regions differ widely in their histories and identities, which makes the cultivation of regional history essential. This collection of stories recounts the colorful past of the Clear Fork country -- the land along the Clear Fork of the Brazos in present Shackelford and Throckmorton Counties. The stories focus first on the area's military past, of Camp Cooper and Fort Griffin, and the society they spawned. The second focus is on the pioneers; the people who made the Clear Fork country their home and helped establish its character.The editors have masterfully blended the words of modern writers -- folks steeped in the region's history -- with those of men who made that history. Here, combined for the first time, are classic works from two great historians of an earlier era -- Rupert N. Richardson and Carl Coke Rister -- along with efforts by several noted local writers. Also included is a report from Captain R. B. Marcy's 1854 expedition through the then largely unexplored region and interviews with Clear Fork pioneers.This medley of voices offers a truly unique and personal perspective on the region and its people. It has all the elements of a classic western -- soldiers, settlers, Indians, outlaws, buffalo hunters, and cowboys. This is the stuff of which, quite literally, legends were made, not to mention novels, movies, and television shows.
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The late LAWRENCE CLAYTON was dean of liberal arts at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and wrote extensively on the life and lore of the Clear Fork region.
JOAN HALFORD FARMER is a historian, archivist, and newspaper columnist in Albany, Texas.Review:
". . . masterfully edited . . . the research is impeccably thorough. . . . It's well worth the twenty bucks." -- Review of Texas Books
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Book Description McWhiney Foundation Press, 2000. Book Condition: Good. illustrated edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87734661
Book Description McWhiney Foundation Press, Abilene, Texas, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Like new brown cloth HB in a near fine dust jacket. Minor wrinkle in dust jacket. Book appears unread. Bookseller Inventory # 37700
Book Description McWhiney Foundation Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1893114228
Book Description McMurry University, Abilene, TX, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good DJ. First edition. 6 x 9, 369 pgs, index, b&w photos, mapped endsheets. A unique and personal perspective on the Clear Fork (Texas) country and its people, both military and pioneers: soldiers, settlers, Indians, outlaws, buffalo hunters, and cowboys. Hard to find. Bookseller Inventory # 22748