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Books About Garza County Texas People and Places
Here are some of our favorite books about Garza County, Post and Justiceburg Texas

Books about Garza County Texas

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 Early Settlers of the Panhandle Plains

The panhandle plains were Texas's last frontier, barren lands populated by hostile Comanche and outlaws attempting to outrun civilization. It was Texas Ranger and frontier scout Jim Jackson who first saw potential in the region. They were the point riders who took the challenge of opening Kent, Garza, Crosby, Lynn, Borden, Dawson, Mitchell, Fisher, Scurry, Stonewall, and Nolan Counties to permanent settlement . . . Read more

Wagon Wheels: A History of Garza County

Walking Backward in the Wind

Walking backward in the wind was often a child's game. But in West Texas during the Great Depression, whether you were child or grownup, it was a method of moving ahead by backing through the legendary windstorms which swept the landscape, the same winds that covered beds, furniture and even food with a thick layer of dust. Helen Mangum Field's account opens and closes with the winds - one a nameless windstorm, the other the fabled Black Duster. But Walking Backward in the Wind is about more than the winds - they are only bookends, a blustery literary device. What occurs between the winds - the rhythms of farm families and communities in the 1920s - is the heart of this narrative . . . Read more

Garza County by Linda Puckett

Garza County was created in 1876 and named by Texas legislators in honor of the de la Garza family of San Antonio. The county lay claim to vast ranch lands with the picturesque cap rock escarpment weaving its way from north to south. Though the 1880 census listed the population as a sparse 36 people--mostly landowners and cowhands--cattlemen like John B. Slaughter and W. E. Connell owned massive spreads in excess of 100,000 acres with more than 5,000 head of cattle and 100 horses. By 1900, the . . . Read more

The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877

At the end of February about fifty Comanches rode up on Marshal Sewall, who was shooting bison and did not notice the Indians approaching. Sewall's outfit was near the head of the Salt Fork of the Brazos River, probably in modern Garza County and about five miles northeast of Devins's Camp. . . Read more

News from Down to the Cafe: New Poems

By David Lee

David Lee played semiprofessional baseball as the only white player to ever play for the Negro League Post Texas Blue Stars and was a knuckleball pitcher for the South Plains Texas League Hubbers. These poems are rooted in stories overheard at the Wayburne Pig Cafe. They capture a rural community's true voice, peppered with gossip and arguments right off Main Street. It was nominated  for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry . . . Read more Look inside

Dynasty on the Texas Plains

Page 71: In order to reach the flat land of West Texas, the family passed through Post, Texas. West of post was a steep incline to the Caprock. The dirt road made it difficult to climb with heavy farm equipment . . .

Jake

"About this time Pop was given a team of mules and a wagon as payment of a debt, However he had to bring them from Post, Texas, back to Lamesa, a distance of about fifty miles. Without warning, a Blue Norther hit, covering the ground with sleet and ice. The mules wouldn't move" . . . Read more Look inside

Post (Images of America)

Post City was founded in 1907 by an American icon, cereal magnate C.W. Post. Mr. Post acquired approximately 333 square miles on which to construct a unique town and farming community on the plains of West Texas, a place where Comanche Indians roamed until the buffalo hunters depleted the buffalo herds. By 1900, the population for the entire county of Garza was 180--a meager handful of people, mostly cowhands and landowners, scattered amid the vast ranches. Great change would take place with the arrival of C.W. Post, a man with a plan to build a model town in the middle of Garza County . . . Read more

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

Floyd Tillman was an influential singer and songwriter in the 1940's who spent his teenage years in Post, Texas. His songs include classics such as "It Makes No Difference Now" . . . Read more Look inside

Lobos, Longhorns and Mules: Stories of early Texas

"Pete, with his mother and dad, lived on a ranch on the edge of the Caprock near Post, Texas. Part of the ranch was on top of the Caprock and part below. In that area, the rocky cliffs of the edge were not as high and steep as in some other. Their ranch house below the edge, protected from the northwest wind . . ." Read more Look inside

Visions: The Remembering

I can remember being so involved in everything that happed back in Post, Texas. Who might be sleeping with whom was just about the most important news in town . . . Read more Look inside

Comanche Society: Before the Reservation

Rather than a narrative history of the Comanches, this account presents analyses of the formation of clans. "Cowhead Mesa in Southwestern Garza County, Texas has been described as "a typical bread-loaf-shaped western mesa. Among the the various carvings etched into the mesa's pliant walls is a pictographic account of the violent San Sabs Mission episode, apparently put there by a Comanche artist-historian sometime after the attack of March 16, 1758 . . . Read more

Texas Gunslingers: Images of America

"In 1905, Ed Sims, 21, married 14-year-old Gladys Johnson. Billy Johnson helped the couple acquire a ranch south of Post City, seat of Garza County. Instead of the happy union of two ranching families, the marriage became turbulent and adulterous" . . . Read more Look inside

Bravo of the Brazos: John Larn of Fort Griffin, Texas

Except for western history buffs, almost everyone has forgotten the Texas outlaw John Larn. "Big Bill Gilson stayed clear of Fort Griffin after Larn was lynched.  In 1883 he was a hired gun in a fence - cutting war in Garza County , and the following year returned to Sweetwater . There he met his death at the hands . . . " Read more

Post City, Texas: C. W. Post's Colonizing Activities in West Texas

by Charles Dudley Eaves and C. Alan Hutchinson

Documents cereal king C.W. Post's colonization efforts from the founding of his namesake town in 1907 until 1918

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