Big Bend Natural History Association

Ghost Towns of Texas

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By T. Lindsay Baker. The history of these places tells of the high expectations of new settlers and speculators, the hopes and eventual failures of railroad, mining, and oil towns.

"The indefatigable T. Lindsay Baker has now turned his enormous mental and physical energies to the subject and has brought to view - if not to life -eighty-six Texas ghost towns for the reader’s pleasure. Baker lists three criteria for inclusion: tangible remains, public access, and statewide coverage. In each case Baker comments about the town’s founding, its former significance, and the reasons for its decline. There are maps and instructions for reaching each site and numerous photographs showing the past and present status of each. The contemporary photos were taken, in most instances, by Baker himself, who proves as adept a photographer as he is researcher and writer....Baker has done his work thoroughly and well, within limits imposed by necessity. He obviously had fun in the process and it shows in his prose."-New Mexico Historical Review.

University of Oklahoma Press. 8 1/2" x 11" softcover, 196 pages. 1986.

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