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Books About Castro County Texas People and Places
What's Your Favorite Book about a Castro County Texas Person, Place or Event? Here are some of our favorites.

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Rawhide Ranger, Ira Aten: Enforcing Law on the Texas Frontier

"For whatever reason Ira forwent establishing himself in Dickens or Crosby Counties, but he did opt for settling in one of those "Line of counties higher". In 1890 the whole population of Castro County was a whopping nine. Needless to say, the county was yet to be organized. There was no local regime, no county seat, no taxman, no sheriff, and no jail. There was plenty of space and solitude in Castro County, just the ticket for a former Fort Bend County Sheriff and ex-Texas Ranger looking for peace and quiet.  . . . Read more Look inside

Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers

In Lone Star Justice, best-selling author Robert M. Utley captures the first hundred years of Ranger history, in a narrative packed with adventures worthy of Zane Grey or Larry McMurtry.

"After a term as sheriff of Castro County, he accepted the post of superintendent of the Escabarda division of the XIT Ranch, the huge spread of the syndicate that had built the state capitol . . . Read more Look inside

The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado

Among the famous ranch brands of Texas are the T Anchor, JA, Diamond Tail, 777, Bar C, and XIT. And the greatest of these was XIT—The XIT Ranch of Texas.

"It had traveled over 950 miles to inspect all the land except that in Castro County and to find that Norton's re ort “as to soil, grass, water, timber, rock, and shelter” was correct. The party met the veteran hunters, George and John Causey, in their . . . Read more Look inside

Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas

Winner of the Belmont University Prize for Best Book on Country Western Music.

"The novelty of "FOUR COWPUNCHERS from Dimmitt, Texas" playing hillbilly music appealed to the management, audience, and media.8 The band was so well received that regular Hayride member Webb Pierce gave up his fifteen-minute . . . Read more Look inside

If God Made Heaven and Earth, Then Who Created the World I Live In

They say that a child is a product of his/her environment.

"But in 1980, he brought her to visit me at (my grandmother's (El Mini) house in Dimmitt, Texas where I stayed during the summer. We talked about a lot of things, but it was so painful to hear about some of the horrible things that happened to . . .  Read more Look inside


Synopsis: COCKFIGHTERS takes place in a lonely West Texas town where vengeance and violence come more naturally to the Fowler family than to the gamecocks they fight.

"... and bleeding not too far from here killed my sister, you little sonofabitch! (TAMMY JEAN WILKINS enters.) TAMMY: CD! CD, can we go back now? What are you doing? (CD glares at her. Light shift. The inside of an old barn in Dimmitt, Texas . . . Read more Look inside

The Encyclopedia of Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunfighters

Profiles more than 500 men and women, along with key events and geographical locations, who played out their lives as gunfighters, robbers, and peace officers in the Old West.

"He married in 1892, he and his wife living at a dugout ranch in Dimmitt, Texas. In 1893, he became sheriff of Castro County, organizing 20 local cowboys into a ranch police force". . . . Read more

Tejano West Texas

Featuring a side of Tejano history too often neglected, author Arnoldo De León shows that people of Spanish-Mexican descent were not passive players in or, worse, absent from West Texas history but instead were active agents at the center of it . . . Read more Look inside


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