Texas’ Southern Great Plains: The Last Picture Show

This is the irony of Texas. We destroyed the plains to build the towns that are now disappearing as well. Thanks to dwindling water supplies, and farm and ranch mechanization, many of the small towns flung between Abilene, Amarillo, and El Paso are vanishing like dust on the wind.

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Who Were Those Masked Men?

This article was originally published in The Texas Observer magazine Here’s my most vivid memory from Midland: I am a teenager, my nose pressed flat to the glass to better see a display case at the Midland County Historical Museum. The case and the museum are in the county library’s dark basement. Yet the object of…

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Rendezvous

    Grizzly Jim Hawthorn swaggered through Mountain Man Rendezvous, roaring “Nothing can beat this child, I’ll raise your hair, I’ll palaver you to the ground, I’m half-alligator, half-horse and all man.”    Re-enactors swarmed between hundreds of tepees and campfires, costumed in fur hats, buckskin leggings, moccasins, beards to their chests, muzzleloaders in hand…

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The Enemy

        Abby reached under the blackberry bush, attempting to   pick a handful of berries rather than gather one at a time.         Instead, she pricked and scratched her hands and dropped half the berries.         Groaning, she stood, clutching her aching back.        …

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The Angel Of Death

Elroy Camp died at midnight while Beulah held his bony hand and prayed.

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