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Books About Lubbock County Texas
These hard to find books are perfect for anyone interested in the history of Lubbock County and the people from Lubbock, Ransom Canyon, Shallowater, Idalou, New Deal, Slaton, or Wolfforth. Books by Lubbock County Authors are also included.

Books about Lubbock County People

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I Could See Nothing: Settling West Texas

by Mary Lou Crump Koehler

Mary Lou Crump Koehler grew up in Shallowater Texas. "This story starts back in 1886, in Henrietta, Texas. My name is Bob and I was six years old back then…" Thus speaks Bob Crump, the author's father, as he begins to describe the family's move to settle Lubbock County on the High Plains of Texas in 1890 . . . Read more Look inside

Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado: The Assassination of J. W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero

This book has important information about the settlement of Lubbock, Texas and the surrounding counties. The brave settlers who came here and established farms and ranches have rarely had their stories told in such convincing fashion. It is important to the history of West Texas to realize that Lubbock and Texas Tech had a very interesting beginning . . . read more and look inside

Daughters of the Pioneers Autobiographies: Lubbock and the Plains

A collection of the history and autobiographies of the daughters of the original Pioneers, including Lubbock Texas and the Plains area pioneers.

Land of the Underground Rain: Irrigation on the Texas High Plains, 1910-1970

by Donald E Green

The scarcity of surface water which has so marked the Great Plains is even more characteristic of its subdivision, the Texas High Plains. Settlers on the plateau were forced to use pump technology to tap the vast ground water resources—the underground rain—beneath its flat surface . . . Read more

The Adventure of Bob Wire and The King of The Double T Ranch

Bob goes over a bunch of West Texas towns to get to a big ranch on the edge of Lubbock, Texas. He meets some very special people. One of them is riding a black horse and wears a mask. Who they are, what he learns, what kind of cowboy Bob is, and more are revealed in this adventurous tale . . . Look inside

Dynasty on the Texas Plains:

Short Stories of Life and Customs on the Plains of Texas

by Bonnie Faye James Gaston

Bonnie Gaston grew up during the Depression six miles south of Littlefield Texas. As an adult she was an award-winning elementary school in Plainview. This is her joyful story of growing up in Littlefield, Shallowater, Anton . . . Read more

One Ranger: A Memoir

"My mother had enrolled me in Texas Tech, but without the athletic program a college education seemed of little value... to be a fighter pilot, and I took the first steps toward achieving that goal by apply with the navy recruiter in Lubbock"  . . . Read more Look inside

Take Two Aspirins, But Don't Call Me in the Morning

In response to the stifling socialism of the Canadian health care system and the intolerably long Canadian winters, Dr. Mel Genraich made a life-altering decision: leave Toronto for good, and seek his fortune in Texas. "I've been fortunate (and conniving) enough to have lived in some great homes in such great cities as Toronto, Houston, Lubbock, Oklahoma City, Odessa, Monahans, Levelland, and now back in Lubbock TX. In Amarillo, Texas, I lived in an exclusive country club community right up to and after, my second divorce . . . Read more, Look inside

The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877

In the middle of the arid summer of 1877, a drought year in West Texas, a troop of some forty buffalo soldiers (African American cavalry led by white officers) struck out into the Llano Estacado from Double Lakes, south of modern Lubbock, pursuing a band of Kwahada Comanches who had been raiding homesteads and hunting parties . . . Read more

Dream No Little Dreams

Explaining the clash of cultures against the backdrop of such a seemingly barren canvas to those not familiar with Lubbock, Texas and the South Plains is difficult to do.
The city’s traditional foundation is weakened from a constant barrage of sledgehammer swings from talented natives that the city would love to claim as its own. But that’s what makes it so interesting–the underlying tension that few can see and understand is always there, simmering . . . Read more

HAUNTED LUBBOCK

In 2013 the author asked the citizens of Lubbock, Texas to share their personal stories of ghosts in and around the Hub City. The only stipulation was that they be true stories... things that had happened to them personally, or to someone close to them . . . Read more

Spirits of the Border: School Spirits

In this newest installment of this award winning series, the authors look at what they like to call School Spirits! Find Haunted Texas schools in . . .Huntsville, Iowa Park, Irving, Jacksonville, Junction, Kerrville, Kilgore, Kingsville, La Feria, La Grange, Laredo, League City, Levelland, Lindale, Littlefield, Lubbock, Luther, Mcallen, Mesquite, Mission, Monahans, Moody, Nacogdoches, Odessa, Pasadena, Pearsall, Plainview . . . Read more

Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey's Texas Bank War

Homer Maxey was a war hero, multimillionaire, and pillar of the Lubbock, Texas, community. During the post-World War II boom, he filled the West Texas horizon with new apartment complexes, government buildings, hotels, banks, shopping centers, and subdivisions. On the afternoon of February 16, 1966, executives of Citizens National Bank of Lubbock met to launch foreclosure proceedings against Maxey. In a secret sale, more than 35,000 acres of ranch land and other holdings were divided up and sold for pennies on the dollar. By closing time, Maxey was . . . Read more

Early Lubbock: A Cultural View

From an isolated, windswept crossroads store to a booming metropolis on the South Plains. Lubbock, Texas, has been one of the success stories of the westward migration. Founded in 1891 with barely 100 residents, Lubbock's settlers were drawn by fertile land. Hardy folk, they were determined to create a town on the grassy plain, and a town meant not only agriculture and commerce, but also culture.  It's the story of a rural West Texas town's struggle for a cultural identity during its early years, from 1891 to WWI. It tracks the efforts of pioneering citizens to plant and nurture cultural roots deep in the rich soil that brought them to West Texas . . . Read more

PINKIE: A West Texas Legend

by Don Hedgpeth

The Life and Times of Tom W. Roden, a West Texas Legend
From his early bootlegging days in Ft. Worth Texas to his successful retail chain of package stores in Odessa, Midland, Abilene, Lubbock and Amarillo and on to his maneuvering of the Texas political system, the story of Pinkie is a story of a bootlegger, businessman, political activist, philanthropist, and above all, a West Texas legend.

From the Cotton Fields to a College Professor: My Life's Experience

by Dr Joe H. Alcorta

Dr. Joe H. Alcorta grew up speaking Spanish. He was born in Novice, Texas, and at the age of two months, his parents took him to Monterrey, Mexico. For seven years, he lived in Mexico. Upon his return, he graduated from Olton High School, and then he received his bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University. He obtained his master's degree from Howard Payne University and earned his PhD degree from Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas . . . Read more Look inside

Evolution of a university: Texas Tech's first fifty years

TEXAS TECHNOLOGICAL COLLEGE, beginning its rise among the sage brush and tumble weeds on 2,000 dusty acres at Lubbock's far outskirts in the mid 1920's, looked like an impossible dream. Its birth had come from a political storm that involved a governor's impeachment, the Ku Klux Klan, and the hopes of West Texans for an institution of higher learning that would serve the region's peculiar needs. Much of its life has been marked by political maneuvering and sectional power struggles as West Texas fought to overcome a seeming sectional prejudice by the rest of the state and struggled with its own feelings of . . . Read more

A Boyhood Dream Realized: Half a Century of Texas Culture, One Newspaper Column at a Time

This collection of columns from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is Texas Folklore Society Extra Book #27. The editorial columns included herein tell stories, and tell about telling stories. They also reflect boyhood dreams . . . and foolishness, fears, beliefs, customs, traditions, and sometimes things that are no longer part of our culture but we wish were. All reflect what was—and for many, still is—important. If “the traditional knowledge of a culture” is how we define what . . . Read more

The Lubbock lights

Evidence pro and con about UFO sightings, cattle mutilations & contact with aliens in the vicinity of Lubbock, Texas.

The First Baptist Church of Lubbock, Texas: A Centennial History: 1891-1991

Not to write the History of the First Baptist Church of Lubbock would be unthinkable. To see more long-time members disappear from the scene without recording memorable accounts of their lives in the church would be a tragedy. To allow more of our rich heritage to fade into limbo . . . Read more

Lubbock (Postcard History)

The city of Lubbock began as a compromise between two smaller settlements known as Lubbock and Monterey. These settlements agreed to combine on December 19, 1890, and by 1891, the combined settlement was elected the new county seat as farmers, ranchers, and settlers began to arrive. In 1909, Lubbock incorporated as a city, and the Santa Fe Railroad sent its first train south from Plainview. The Texas legislature authorized the establishment of Texas Technological College in 1923, and Lubbock won the regional contest for the new university's location . . . Read more and look inside

Lubbock Stories: Personal Remembrances from the Hub City

It's said that one can leave Lubbock, but that you'll eventually come back. That's not true in every case, of course, but it's true a surprising percentage of the time. Or perhaps it's not so surprising. Lubbock is a vibrant city with something for everyone, and a reason for each of us to return. Our roots run deep; our heartstrings are strong. Even those of us who leave forever leave a piece of ourselves behind, and everyone has a special memory or two of the Hub City. These are a few such memories, told by the Lubbockites who lived them . . . Look inside

Letters to My Patients: A Guide to Healthy & Happy Living

by Harlan O. Wright

Dr. Harlan O. L. Wright is an Osteopathic Physician, specializing in nutritional medicine. He has practiced for more than forty-three years, thirty-seven of them in Lubbock, Texas. He  has seen first-hand the effects that poor nutritional and lifestyle habits can have on the body. Because Dr. Wright felt that the time spent with a patient during an appointment was not always enough to effectively teach the true road to health, he began writing monthly "Letters to My Patients." Filled with practical, nutritional advice and sound philosophy, his letters received an overwhelmingly positive response. The information from these popular monthly letters has been compiled to produce this best selling book . . . Read more

SWC Cartoon Book:

Over 25 Years of Cartoon History of Red Raider and SWC (Southwest Conference) Football. Plus a Nostalgic Look at Life in Raiderland By Cartoonist Dirk West Lubbock, Texas . . . Read more

Lubbock (Images of America)

For 12 millennia, people were drawn to a water source located in the region Spanish conquistadores named the Llano Estacado, a vast plateau 3,000 feet above sea level and 300 miles long and wide. Near this site in 1890, settlers combined two fledgling communities to create the town of Lubbock. Finally incorporated in 1909 and soon promoted as the "Hub City," Lubbock doubled its original population of 1,900 in each of its first six decades, nurturing growth through civic cooperation, small business enterprise . . . Read more

A place set apart: The history of Ransom Canyon

Magically out of place on the stark flatland of West Texas, the initial glimpse of the new-in-time oasis of Ransom Canyon strikes with a sudden impact. With an eye for beauty and a sense of value, two entrepreneurs set out in 1960 to place a jewel in the rough of nature, to transform a rugged and undisturbed portion of canyonlands into a town with some of the most unexpectedly beautiful and natural landscaping . . . Read more

Ghost Stories from Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock's been around for well over a century now. It's risen from a dusty little farm town to a thriving metropolis. It's seen its share of death, and it's been said many of the departed didn't want to leave. Or perhaps they had no choice. There is much we don't know about death and dying, for those who experience it firsthand aren't able to share those experiences. Many people are skeptical about the existence of ghosts and spirits. However, that's only because . . . Read more

Remembering Slaton, Texas: Centennial Stories, 1911-2011

Retrace Slaton's history with local author James Villanueva as he profiles one hundred years of the town's stories and its people. From its founding in 1911, through the Roaring Twenties, the turbulent 1960s and into today, Remembering Slaton, Texas, is a look at the rich history of this charming Texas town. Sometimes haunting and sometimes inspiring but always entertaining, these are the tales and legends that made Slaton what it is today . . . Look inside

Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional & Nefarious

Some of these quirky true stories might surprise even the most proud Texan. In Slaton in 1922, German priest Joseph M. Keller was kidnapped, tarred and feathered amid anti-German fervor following World War I. Austin sat the first all-woman state supreme court in the nation in 1925. A utopian colony thrived in Kristenstad during the Great Depression. Bats taken from the Bracken and Ney Caves and Devil's Sinkhole were developed as a secret weapon that vied with the Manhattan Project to shorten World War II . . . Look inside for more

Slaton (Images of America)

Slaton, Texas, has a very rich and interesting history. The journey began in 1911 with the clickety-clack of the railroad track of the Santa Fe Railroad. Slaton was named after local rancher and banker O.L. Slaton on May 11, 1911. It was nicknamed "Tent City" in the beginning, because the first citizens lived in tents while construction began on small framed houses and buildings. June 15, 1911, was the official opening day of the city as people came . . . Read more

Slaton's Story: The History of Slaton, Texas 1900-1979

Featuring family histories of people who settled in Slaton Texas

Prairie Gothic: The Story of a West Texas Family

Prairie Gothic is full of Texas lore. Erickson tells the story of people in the context of a specific place. This place, instrumental in shaping their lives, is the flatland prairie of northwestern Texas. One branch of Erickson's family arrived in Texas in 1858, settling in Parker County, west of Weatherford. Another branch, sturdy Quaker farmers from Ohio, helped establish the first Anglo settlement on the Llano Estacado in 1881, between present-day Lubbock and Crosbyton . . . read more

Napoleon and Marigold

by Peg Davis

Come to west Texas and meet Napoleon, a fine handsome rooster and Marigold, a pretty golden colored hen as they raise their family on a small farm near Abernathy, Texas. Peg Davis is a fulltime writer after retiring from 35 years of teaching health, physical education and coaching cross country and track in the Lubbock ISD. Ms. Davis’ stories are inspired by her childhood of living on a farm and she is currently writing her third book in the series of Napoleon and Marigold’s adventures. She lives in Lubbock, Texas . . . Read more

Greater Tuna

by Jaston Williams

Jaston is the son of a West Texas farmer and a school teacher. His family moved to Olton, Texas, and then to Crosbyton, where he graduated from Crosbyton High School and Texas Tech. Greater Tuna is an hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas' Greater Tuna is the first in a series of four comedic plays (followed by A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna, and Tuna Does Vegas), each set in the town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. . Read more

Lubbock and the South Plains: An Illustrated History

Historic Lubbock County: An Illustrated History
History of Mexican Americans in Lubbock County, Texas
A History of Lubbock

 

Lubbock School and College Yearbooks

Slaton High School Yearbooks

Idalou High School Yearbooks
New Deal High School Yearbooks
Shallowater High School Yearbooks
Wolfforth High School Yearbooks
Books by Lubbock County Authors
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Buck Ramsey . . . Buck Ramsey's Bio

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Ned Sublette

 

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Ernest Wallace

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Alex Ross

 

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