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Books About Midland County Texas
Books about Midland County People and Places
Here are some of our favorites books about people from and places in Midland, Chub, Cotton Flat, Greenwood, Spraberry, Dameron City and Germania Texas.

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A History of Character: The Story of Midland, Texas

Sixty-six short biographical sketches of Midlanders from widely varied professions, and a few of its community leaders and countless volunteers. In capturing Midland's staunch patriotism, it resilience through oil busts and droughts and tragedies, its generosity and rare willingness to help both neighbor and stranger, Jimmy Patterson best conveys why so many Midlanders say. "There's no place like it." . . . Look closer

Midland (Postcard History Series)

Midland was a young farming and ranching community on the southern edge of the Llano Estacado when the real-photo postcard era began near the opening of the 20th century. Businesses, residents, and promoters embraced this new technology to produce images capturing Midland's unusual rural-and-cosmopolitan mix. As postcards changed to linen and chrome, Midland also underwent dramatic changes. The city on the plains worked hard to . . . continued

Midland (Images of America)

On the southern edge of the vast Llano Estacado, Midland began as a midpoint along the Texas and Pacific Railway. From its earliest days, entrepreneurs like the Scharbauers and Henry Halff built a city based upon their dreams. Land speculators, ranchers, farmers, financiers, oilmen, investors, and engineers each placed their own unique brands on Midland's landscape. Over time, the community earned a variety of nicknames--Windmill Town, Land of the High Sky, and Tall City, among them. Although seemingly remote, Midland has regularly gained attention at the state, national, and even international level in areas as diverse as airplanes (Texas's first), cattle ranching, and as . . . Look inside

Midkiff: A Texas Family, Town, and Way of Life

Oscar Midkiff's dream of becoming a real cowboy comes to fruition after leaving behind in Indian Territory his sweetheart, Lillie Davenport. Their correspondence first as sweethearts and following through their marriage and child bearing years comprises much of the book. Oscar begins working on ranches in  Midland County and returns to Indian Territory to marry his sweetheart. This book is a real look at the history of the settlement of West Texas . . . Read more

The Goddess of War, A True Story of Passion, Betrayal and Murder in the Old West

John Wesley Hardin is the most famous gunfighter of the American Wild West. The subject of conversations from the Mexican border to the rowdy saloons of Kansas, he was the greatest celebrity of the age. He wrote an autobiography, but he only told what he wanted known, and few have researched beyond that. Today, Hardin is an enigma. Part of the mystery is his disastrous relationship with Helen Beulah Mrose, yet she has not been researched at all. Until now. The author names  Midland County courthouse records as a primary source for this book . . .   . . . Read more Look inside

Bits of Practical Wisdom

Vernon Gilbert is a life-long Texan who became a Christian as a young teen. He has been happily married to his wife Shirley for over sixty years. The two started a small business in Midland, Texas, the year they wed. That company continues today under the leadership of their three sons, one daughter, and a number of their twenty-five grandchildren. Gilbert considers his greatest earthly blessing to be the good name of his family and business.. . . Read more Look inside

The Texas Indians

During an excavation in the 1950s, the bones of a prehistoric woman were discovered in Midland County, Texas. Archaeologists dubbed the woman “Midland Minnie.” Some believed her age to be between 20,000 and 37,000 years, making her remains the oldest ever found in the Western Hemisphere.. . .  Read more Look inside

The Rainbow's Shadow

Untold Stories of the Baby Jessica Rescue and the Tragedies that Followed

The tragic stories that followed in the wake of the rescue of young Jessica McClure from an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas. When the spotlight began to fade, lives were left in tatters. Author D. Lance Lunsford spent two years researching the story. What he found was dysfunction, death and imprisonment. For the dozens of others involved in the rescue that created a worldwide media frenzy, it was a life-changing experience. This is that story.

Growing Up Dead in Texas: A Novel

By Stephen Graham Jones

Jones combines memoir and mystery in his latest novel (after Zombie Bake-Off), returning to his hometown of Greenwood, Texas, to explore a decades-old crime that would rend a community irrevocably asunder. In 1985, when the author is just 12 years old, a suspicious fire decimates Greenwood's cotton crop and threatens many of the townsfolk's livelihoods. Local teen Tommy Moore is caught in the field with an incriminatingly lit cigarette, and his savage beating by a descendant of the community's largest . . . Read more Look inside

Shakespeare on the Pecos:

Originally Published as Dead Javelinas Are Not Allowed on School Property

By Charlena Chandler

Charlena Chandler of Midland is a retired teacher and a very good writer. In Shakespeare on the Pecos she captures the essence of small town schools in West Texas a delightful foray into the relationship of teacher and students . . .  Read more Look inside

The Trail Drivers of Texas: Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys

These are the chronicles of the trail drivers of Texas those rugged men and, sometimes, women who drove cattle and horses up the trails from Texas to northern markets in the late 1800s.

"In 1888 we drove two thousand head to Panhandle City. We sold some of them to be delivered above Amarillo, and the remainder were driven on to Kiowa and sold there. In driving this herd across the plains from the Pecos River to Warfield, a station ten miles west of Midland, I made arrangements with a ranchman at Warfield to have enough water pumped up for two thousand head of cattle. He had a windmill and troughs for watering and charged 5 cents a head . . . "  Read more Look inside

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

The Midland Discovery-A Report on the Pleistocene Human Remains

One of the most significant archaeological discoveries to occur in the Western Hemisphere. The first positive identification of partial human skeleton of an age greater than that of the ancient Folsom culture.

For Posterity's Sake: Legacy of an American Couple

When they met, Raymond Jay Wright and Margie Moselle Brooks had at least one thing in common: humble beginnings. He was the son of an early twentieth-century Texas sharecropper. Her father owned a farm just outside of Midland. With the advent of World War II, they embarked on what would become a military career, he the brave but understated soldier and she the . . . Read more Look inside

More Than A Badge

by Midland Author Carl C Williams

Part I of the book is of Sheriff Williams from birth through growing up years, starting a family, with stories of his Life's activities and of his career in Law Enforcement and life happenings, through retirement. Part II is the History of all of the Sheriffs of Brewster County, Texas, ending with a gallery of some of the officers he worked with and concluding . . . read more

The Eddie Trice Story

His legend began at the age of eight years old when he began skipping school to help his dad move houses with the family business. He had to get tough and get tough young to survive in the rowdy times of 1960's Midland, Texas . It was a rough wild place back then reminiscent of the wild west in 1800's Tombstone, Arizona. Saloons, gambling, fighting, and drinking where all rampant. After winning fight after fight, he became Midland's very own Paul Bunyon of sorts. His story is one of big highs as he became a hero of the honky tonks, and one of big lows as he struggled with addiction . . . read more

Marriage with a Gun to My Head

My wedding day was the darkest day of my life. I was forced to marry a man I did not love. I let go of the man I truly loved. Letting him go was also one of the biggest mistakes of my life, and I paid for that. I did it to save his life and mine. Robert came to me with a gun in his hand, pointed it to me, and said, If you dont marry me, you wont marry anyone. And if you do, I will look for both of you no matter where you go and kill you both. He cheated, beat me, killed people, was a jealous drunk, and was also a gambler and a rapist, and he never went to prison. , , , Read more Look inside

American Soldier

Tommy Franks is the adopted son of Ray and Lorene "Pete" Parker Franks. He attended Midland High School and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas.

Few individuals have the chance to contribute so much of themselves to the American story as General Tommy Franks. In American Soldier, he captures it all. The Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, General Tommy Franks made history leading American and Coalition forces. . . read more.

A Red Raider Officer’s Diary during WWII

A personal diary of 1st Lt Carroll G. Henry with the 408th Bomb Squadron in the Southwest Pacific

1st Lieutenant Carroll Gene Henry grew up in West Texas in the towns of Midland and San Angelo. Once he saw his first airplane he wanted to fly. With the advent of WWII, he joined the United States Army Air Forces to be a pilot. After he failed pilot training, he became a bombardier and a navigator. He served with the 408th Bomb Squadron in the South West Pacific Area. This book is an overview of his life including pictures, letters, a diary he kept during the war, mission reports and newspaper clippings . . . Look inside

Chaparral: Can-Am Racing Cars from Texas

Few sports-racing cars have captured the imagination as did the Chaparrals. The menacing white machines from Texas oil country cut a swathe through American sports car racing in the 1960s, and even won at the Nurburgring and Brands Hatch. Created by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp from Midland Texas -- the Chaparrals pioneered such innovations in racing as the wing for aerodynamic down force and the automatic transmission . . . Read more

How to Go Further: A Guide to Sustainable Living by Woody Harrelson

by Woody Harrelson

Born in Midland, Texas, in 1961, Woodrow Tracy Harrelson is better known as Woody Harrelson the Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor, playwright and now author. He is the son of Diane and Charles Voyde Harrelson. Woody's father disappeared from Woody’s life in 1968 when he was just seven years old, leaving Woody's mother Diane to raise Woody and his two brothers . . . read more about Woody's life here. or  . . . Take a closer Look at his Book

The Great Plains during World War II

Emphasizing the region’s social and economic history, The Great Plains during World War II is the first book to examine the effects of the war on the region and the responses of its residents.

"... when black troops arrived at Midland, Texas, in January 1942, given the military and social traditions of the time, they were segregated into service and quartermaster units. The black soldiers also had their own mess, housing and service club on the base and a segregated USO club in Odessa. Racial clashes did not occur on the base, however, until " . . . Read more Look inside

The Texas Frontier and the Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858–1861

This is the story of the antebellum frontier in Texas, from the Red River to El Paso, a raw and primitive country punctuated by chaos, lawlessness, and violence. During this time, the federal government and the State of Texas often worked at cross-purposes, their confused and contradictory policies leaving settlers on their own to deal with vigilantes, lynchings, raiding American Indians, and Anglo-American outlaws. "The Overland Mail Road does cross Denton Creek, but this crossing is almost 8 miles upstream from Allison, near present-day Greenwood, Texas . . . " Read more Look inside

The Trial of Prisoner 043

by Terry Jastrow

Terry Jastrow was raised in Midland, Texas. He has been the Producer and / or Director of some of the world's greatest events for more than 30 years.   . . . more about Terry Jastrow

 

In his novel, The Trial of Prisoner 043 Jastro poses the question, What Would Happen If George W. Bush Were Prosecuted for War Crimes?"On a glorious autumn morning in St. Andrews, Scotland, former US president George W. Bush" approached the first tee of the world-famous Old Course to play a round of golf he would not finish . . . read more about this novel by a former Midland Resident

The Films of Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones was born in 1946 in San Saba, Texas and raised in Midland, Texas where he attended Robert E. Lee High School. His mother, Lucille Marie (née Scott), was a police officer . . .More about this famous actor from Midland.

 

. . . see books, movies and memorabilia featuring Tommy Lee Jones

Wahoo McDaniel Record Book: 1962-1996

Wahoo MckDaniel was raised in Midland  While he was in middle school, in Midland, one of his baseball coaches was George H. W. Bush. He was a Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American who achieved fame as a professional football player and later as a professional wrestler . . . read more about Wahoo

 

This book is a record book containing the results of over 5000 matches from the legendary professional wrestler, Wahoo McDaniel. One of the sport's legitimate tough guys, Wahoo was an unstoppable force in the ring. This record book looks back over his 34 year career . . . take a closer look

A Woman's Guide to Better Golf by Judy Rankin

Born in 1945, Judy Rankin was Judy Torluemke until her marriage to Walter "Yippy" Rankin in 1967. She is a professional golfer and golf broadcaster. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, she joined the LPGA Tour in 1962 at age 17 and won 26 tour events. They lived in Midland, Texas. . . more about Rankin

 

. . . look inside her book, A Woman's Guide to Better Golf

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Midland County Church Histories
To God Be the Glory

A history of First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas 1886-1975

by Billy Keith

The Memorial Presbyterian Church of Midland

The first one hundred years, 1867-1967

 
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