Building the Lone Star: An Illustrated Guide to Historic Sites

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Texas has changed a lot since the first European settlers arrived. Instead of bare prairies and unfordable creeks, there are now bridges, highways, buildings, and people who use them. Life became easier because engineers thought of unusual and innovative ways to bridge rivers, provide water, and light up the Lone Star skies at night.

Building the Lone Star is the first published book to look at the historical structures, from windmills and lighthouses to dams and bridges, that ...

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Overview

Texas has changed a lot since the first European settlers arrived. Instead of bare prairies and unfordable creeks, there are now bridges, highways, buildings, and people who use them. Life became easier because engineers thought of unusual and innovative ways to bridge rivers, provide water, and light up the Lone Star skies at night.

Building the Lone Star is the first published book to look at the historical structures, from windmills and lighthouses to dams and bridges, that were responsible for making Texas the habitable place it is today. Some of yesterday's engineering works may seem quaint now, but they show the continuum of human achievement. Each project pictured in this book is accompanied by the fascinating tales of how and why the project came to be and of the events that played a role in its history.

Thanks to more than a decade of research and travel by the author, the details of Texas' transformation from a wild frontier to a civilized, productive state are presented here. More than a hundred historic engineering sites in Texas are pictured and described, each description accompanied by directions to the site and suggestions for further reading. A map of the state gives the general locations of the sites described, and an appendix provides brief descriptions of hundreds more engineering works in Texas. Historical as well as modern photographs and some measured drawings are included, and old newspaper accounts provide a view of the times, as in an eyewitness account of a dam break on the Colorado River at Austin.

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Table of Contents

A Personal Introduction xi
Acknowledgments xix
Historic Texas Engineering Works xxii
1. Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Works 3
2. Amicable Building 4
3. Aransas Pass Lighthouse 7
4. Austin Artesian Well 9
5. Austin Dam 11
6. Austin "Moonlight" Tower Street Lighting System 15
7. Balmorhea Irrigation Project 17
8. Bluff Dale Suspension Bridge 20
9. Brazos Santiago Lighthouse 22
10. Buchanan Dam 24
11. Buffalo Gap Railway Water System 26
12. Canadian River Wagon Bridge 29
13. Canon Ranch Eclipse Windmill 32
14. Clear Fork of the Brazos Suspension Bridge 34
15. Cleburne Waterworks 36
16. Congress Avenue Bridge 39
17. Copano Bay Causeway 42
18. Corpus Christi Seawall 44
19. Corsicana Oil Field Discovery Well 47
20. Cuero Hydroelectric Plant 50
21. Cullinan Oil Refinery 53
22. Daisy Bradford No. 3 Oil Well 56
23. Dallas--Oak Cliff Viaduct 59
24. Dallas Union Terminal 62
25. Don Patricio Causeway 65
26. Droemer Brick Yard 67
27. Eagle Lake Irrigation System 69
28. East Navidad River Bridge 71
29. Elissa 72
30. El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Rio Grande Bridge 75
31. El Paso Smelter 77
32. El Paso Waterworks 80
33. Fort Davis Military Water System 83
34. Fort Griffin Iron Truss Bridge 85
35. Fort Worth Stockyards 87
36. Franklin Canal 90
37. Galveston Causeway 92
38. Galveston Grade Raising 97
39. Galveston Highway Bridge 101
40. Galveston Jetties 102
41. Galveston Military Fortifications 105
42. Galveston Seawall 108
43. Galveston Waterworks 112
44. Gonzales Hydroelectric Plant 115
45. Granite Mountain Quarry 117
46. Hangar Nine 119
47. Harris County Dome Stadium 121
48. High Bridge over the Pecos 124
49. Houston 1879 Waterworks 127
50. Houston Ship Channel 130
51. Humphrey Direct Action Pumping Plant 133
52. International and Great Northern Railroad Station 135
53. Justiceburg Railway Water System 137
54. Kelly Plow Works 139
55. Lake Wichita Dam 141
56. Landa Rock Mill 144
57. Lavaca Bay Causeway 145
58. Los Ebanos Ferry 148
59. Lucas Gusher 149
60. McDonald Observatory 152
61. Matagorda Lighthouse 156
62. Medina Dam 158
63. Moore's Crossing Bridge 162
64. Nash Iron Furnace 165
65. Nueces Bay Causeways 168
66. Oil Springs Oil Field 170
67. Old Alcalde Iron Furnace 174
68. Old Lone Star Brewery 176
69. Orange--Port Arthur High Bridge 178
70. Paddock Viaduct 181
71. Paris Abattoir 183
72. Pliska Aeroplane 184
73. Point Bolivar Lighthouse 187
74. Point Isabel Lighthouse 189
75. Porter's Bluff Highway 191
76. Possum Kingdom Stone Arch Bridge 193
77. Post City Windmill Waterworks 195
78. Quitaque Railway Tunnel 198
79. Red Brick Road 200
80. Regency Suspension Bridge 203
81. Republic of Texas Boundary Marker 205
82. Riverside Swing Bridge 207
83. San Antonio Acequias 210
84. San Antonio Sewerage System 215
85. San Antonio Waterworks 218
86. San Jacinto Monument 223
87. San Marcos Activated Sludge Sewage Treatment Plant 228
88. San Marcos River Covered Bridge 231
89. Santa Rita No. 1 Oil Well 233
90. Shafter Mining District 236
91. Slayden Bridge 238
92. Somerville Tie and Timber Preserving Plant 239
93. Terlingua Mining District 242
94. Texas Gulf Intracoastal Waterway 245
95. Thurber Mining District 246
96. Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Depot and Office Building 249
97. Tyler Hydraulic Fill Dam 252
98. Vaughn Brothers Irrigation Plant 255
99. Victoria "Dutch" Windmill 258
100. Waco Suspension Bridge 260
101. Waxahachie Creek Bridge 262
102. Williamson Dam 264
103. Yellowhouse Canyon Bridge 265
Appendix List of Historic Engineering Sites 269
Index 311
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