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What's Your Favorite Book about a Schleicher County Texas Person, Place or Event? Here are some of our favorites about Eldorado.  

Books about Schleicher County Texas

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And the Rains Never Came

by Jerry Doyle

This is a story about the West Texas drought of the 1950s, written by a man who as a teenage boy grew up on a drought stricken Schleicher County ranch during those years. Seven years of relentless dry weather saw crops writher, top soil blown away, farms lost, and ranches forced into bankruptcy. Lakes went dry, towns were short of drinking water, and dust storms . . . Read more Look inside

The Deadliest Outlaws: The Ketchum Gang and the Wild Bunch

Found Inside: "Then, on July 22, 1982, after less than six months of marriage, and two days short of her eighteenth Viana Byler Carver died of complications during pregnancy. All authorities agree that Carver was badly broken up by what had happened. Bob Evans and John Rae, another local rancher, well known in Irion, Tom Green, and Schleicher Counties, agree that he never punched cows in Texas thereafter " . . . Read more Look inside

Texas Woollybacks: The Range Sheep and Goat Industry

With a new epilogue to carry the story to the present, Paul Carlson engagingly chronicles the development of the range sheep and goat industry from Spanish times to about 1930, when widespread use of mesh-wire fences brought an end to the open-range management of sheep and goat ranches in Texas. Found Inside: "In 1882 he established regular headquarters at the TenMile Water Hole, located between Eldorado and Christoval. Here he built a picket house and corrals ... Read more Look inside

Church of Lies

"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too " . . .

Found inside: "I haven't spoken to my Mom since 2001, and no one will tell me where she is. I filed a missing person's report on her in 2004. I leaned at one point that she had been sent to Warren Jeff's compound outside Eldorado, Texas. She must have been " . . . Read more Look inside

A Serpent's Tooth: A Longmire Mystery

It’s homecoming for the Durant Dogies when Cord Lynear, a Mormon “lost boy” forced off his compound for rebellious behavior, shows up in . . .

Found inside: “Nope.” “If all of you are related, then why do none of you look alike?" He glanced around, embarrassed. "We are lost boys—were kicked out of the communities in Hildale, Utah; Colorado City, Arizona; and Eldorado, Texas. Mr. Lynear adopted us and gave us a place to be " Read more Look inside

Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days

Found Inside: "A careful review of nearly every interview provides information on which its validy can be based. For example, Mrs. C. C. West stated that her husband established the first post office in Eldorado and was the first justice of the peace in Schleicher County. This information is corroborated by the publication " . . . Read more Look inside

Escape: A Memoir

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. Found inside: "Johnny Jessop, one of the "lost boys" Dan Fisher, can't find his mother, Sue, and has filed a lawsuit against to reveal her whereabouts. There have also been rumors that children were being taken from their mothers and sent to the FLDS compound in Eldorado, Texas ... These were children who belonged to men Warren had kicked out of the cult ..." Read more Look inside

God's Brothel

The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalist Polygamy and the Stories of 18 Women Who Escaped. Found inside: "When local officials turn on the heat, the polygamist groups move to areas where they believe they can convince locals that they are quiet, law-abiding people, as the FLDS has attempted to do in Eldorado, Texas, only to have their cover blown by former polygamists who recognized their presence and tactics and alerted officials " . . . Read more Look inside

The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

... The church, however, had a way of pulling her back in-and by 2007, Rebecca had no choice but to take the witness stand against the new prophet of the FLDS in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being forced to marry at shockingly young ages. The following year, Rebecca and the rest of the world watched as a team of Texas Rangers raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS in Eldorado Texas. Rebecca's subsequent testimony would reveal the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, sending their leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life . . . Read more Look inside

Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

Found inside: "Why did the FLDS move to Eldorado, Texas, and build a new religious community? The isolated, dry and dusty site of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County, Texas, evokes the sect's deep desire to practice its lifestyle privately in the refuge provided by the vast landscape of West Texas. The site itself speaks volumes about . . .  " Read more Look inside

Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

Found Inside: "By late afternoon on Thursday, April 3, a short string of dusty government sedans was driving north on U.S. 277 just outside of Eldorado, population 1951, the only town in Schleicher County, Texas. After less than a mile, they peeled onto a chip seal track called County Road 300. The cars were carrying Brooks Long and three other Texas Rangers, County Sheriff David Doran and two of his deputies, and nearly a dozen . . . " Read more Look inside

Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs

Found Inside:" Meanwhile, various oversight and government agencies within Schleicher County do their part to discourage FLDS migration to the YFZ ranch. In February 2011, the Plateau Underground Water Conservation and Control District Board denied ". . . Read more Look inside

Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues

Few people realize that polygamy continues to exist in the United States. In late March and early April of 2008, media attention turned to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—the FLDS—in rural Eldorado, Texas, when over 400 children and 129 mothers were removed from their Yearning . . . Read more Look inside

A History of Schleicher County, Texas

by Schleicher County Historical Society

Schleicher County or Eighty Years of Development in Southwest Texas

 

1983 Yearbook: Eldorado High School, Eldorado, Texas

by 1983 Yearbook Staff of Eldorado High School

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