Historic Road Trips from Dallas/Fort Worth

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Rick Steed and his driving companion, Wendi Pierce, set off with one goal in mind: to travel Texas’s old fort trails and scout today’s remnants of the bloody skirmishes and battles of long ago. Historic Road Trips from Dallas/Fort Worth provides not only a road map of day trips throughout Texas but also a narrative history of the tiny towns, historic markers and frontier excitement along the way. After collecting these stories for years, Steed teamed up with Pierce to bring to life this fascinating guidebook for ...
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Overview

Rick Steed and his driving companion, Wendi Pierce, set off with one goal in mind: to travel Texas’s old fort trails and scout today’s remnants of the bloody skirmishes and battles of long ago. Historic Road Trips from Dallas/Fort Worth provides not only a road map of day trips throughout Texas but also a narrative history of the tiny towns, historic markers and frontier excitement along the way. After collecting these stories for years, Steed teamed up with Pierce to bring to life this fascinating guidebook for anyone who yearns to venture off the main road and discover old Texas. Each drive begins in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and travels a different route through the state. Travel along and discover the site of Buffalo Hump’s revenge raid or Cynthia Ann Parker’s harrowing pioneer experiences, as well as other local lore, including the haunting of Jefferson, Texas’s Jefferson Hotel, the notorious New London school accident and much, much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596290815
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 991,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Having spent most of her childhood in Florida, Wendi Pierce came to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University, where she earned a degree in English, with a minor in philosophy. She then moved to Dallas to earn her Master of Arts in English from Southern Methodist University, thus beginning her career as a professor of writing. After graduate school, she returned to Fort Worth, and in 2003, she began working with Rick Steed on their first book project, Historic Day Trips from Dallas/Fort Worth. While her first love is writing, she is also an avid film watcher, and when the weather is just right, she takes a canoe trip on the Brazos with her husband, Reese. Currently, Wendi is a member of the English faculty at Tarrant County College.

Rick Steed graduated from the University of North Texas in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. Painting north Texas landscapes sparked his interest in its frontier history. Rick has been a member and contributor to the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico Historical Societies for many years. Originally, financial responsibilities required in raising a family relegated his artwork in history studies to hobby status. Today, as he approaches retirement age, art and expanding forttours.com are Rick’s main pursuits, and he considers his investments more like a hobby.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mike Shropshire 7

Preface Rick Steed 11

Parker's Fort 15

Forest Trail East 28

Forest Trail West 42

Highway 6 Trail 58

Early Settlements 65

The Texas Independence Trail 81

Hill Country/Buffalo Hump's Raid 105

Crossing the Red/Fort Sill 121

Texas Forts Trail 136

Road Trip Maps and Directions 155

About the Authors 175

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