Bandera County, Texas (Images of America Series)

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Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, Bandera County was named for nearby Bandera Pass, a naturally occurring passageway through the neighboring hills. Near the pass, the Medina River weaves its way through the county. In 1853, a group of settlers arrived and set up camp to make shingles from the huge cypress trees that grew along the river. Soon immigrant workers from Poland were recruited to work at a newly built sawmill. The beauty and abundance of resources also attracted an early group of Mormons, ...

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Overview

Located in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, Bandera County was named for nearby Bandera Pass, a naturally occurring passageway through the neighboring hills. Near the pass, the Medina River weaves its way through the county. In 1853, a group of settlers arrived and set up camp to make shingles from the huge cypress trees that grew along the river. Soon immigrant workers from Poland were recruited to work at a newly built sawmill. The beauty and abundance of resources also attracted an early group of Mormons, who established a nearby colony. The town of Bandera was designated the county seat at the formation of Bandera County in 1856. Bandera became a staging area for cattle drives up the Western Trail, and today the county still maintains its frontier character. The Western way of life prevails as visitors from around the world come to sample cowboy living on local dude ranches and enjoy honky-tonk music and dancehalls.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738585543
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/24/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,454,399
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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The Frontier Times Museum was established in 1933 by J. Marvin Hunter, publisher of the Frontier Times magazine. Photographs for this publication were gathered from the museum's historic photograph collection and were generously loaned by local families and the Bandera County Historical Commission.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Frontier Settlers 9

2 Building Communities 19

3 Living off the Land 37

4 A Lake Is Born 49

5 Nature's Fury 57

6 Rodeos and Roundups 69

7 Dudes, Dances, and Delights 83

8 Uniquely Bandera 103

9 A Life of Traditions 111

Epilogue 127

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