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High Plains Yesterdays: From XIT Days Through Drought and Depression

Dawson, John C.

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ISBN 10: 089015516X / ISBN 13: 9780890155165
Published by Eakin Press, Austin, Texas, U.S.A., 1985
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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Previous owner notation on free front end paper, otherwise clean and bright, binding tight. Dust Jacket spine a little faded, otherwise clean and bright, spine ends creased with closed tears. 274 pages including Index. Bookseller Inventory # 021321

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Title: High Plains Yesterdays: From XIT Days ...

Publisher: Eakin Press, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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The northernmost portion of the Texas Panhandle, the Dalhart High Plains area, is perhaps best known for its legendary cold weather. There is "only a barbed wire fence between it and the North Pole," as the saying goes. To many it is famed for the three-million-acre XIT Ranch that was carved out of the Texas Public Domain as payment for construction of the State Capitol building in Austin, pursuant to a contract let in 1832. Buffalo Springs, thirty miles northwest of Dalhart, was the original XIT headquarters, and many early residents of the Dalhart area spent their youthful years as cowboys on the ranch. From about 1901 to about 1939, those living in the High Plains area witnessed and took part in its transition from a purely cattle-raising empire to a cattle and farming empire. Only venturesome, independent, and self-reliant people were willing to cast their fate with the High Plains. In "High Plains Yesterdays," John C. Dawson, a retired Houston lawyer who grew up in Dalhart, captures the personalities and characters of some of these people and makes the reader intimately acquainted with them. The uninitiated will also feel the blizzards, sandstorms, droughts, and hot winds, and the contrasting clear, invigorating atmosphere, enormous skies, and broad vistas that the settlers experienced.

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