History Ahead: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers

History Ahead: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers

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by Dan K. Utley, Cynthia J. Beeman
     
 


More than 13,000 historical markers line the roadsides of Texas, giving drivers a way to sample the stories of the past. But these markers tell only part of the story.

In History Ahead, Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman introduce readers to the rich, colorful, and sometimes action-packed and humorous history behind the famous (Charles Lindbergh, Will

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More than 13,000 historical markers line the roadsides of Texas, giving drivers a way to sample the stories of the past. But these markers tell only part of the story.

In History Ahead, Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman introduce readers to the rich, colorful, and sometimes action-packed and humorous history behind the famous (Charles Lindbergh, Will Rogers, The Big Bopper, and jazz great Charlie Christian) and the not-so-famous (Elmer "Lumpy" Kleb, Don Pedro Jaramillo, and Carl Morene, the "music man of Schulenburg") who have left their marks on the history of Texas. They visit cotton gins, abandoned airfields, forgotten cemeteries, and former World War II alien detention camps to dig up the little-known and unsuspected narratives behind the text emblazoned on these markers.

Written in an anecdotal style that presents the cultural uniqueness and rich diversity of Texas history, History Ahead includes nineteen main stories, dozens of complementary sidebars, and many never-before-published historical and contemporary photographs.

History Ahead
offers a rich array of local stories that interweave with the broader regional and national context, touching on themes of culture, art, music, technology, the environment, oil, aviation, and folklore, among other topics. Utley and Beeman have located these forgotten gems, polished them up to a high shine, and offered them along with convenient maps and directions to the marker sites.

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Editorial Reviews

Tarleton State University

"As a work designed to tell the stories "behind" selected Texas historical markers, it will make a worthwhile contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the regional past. . . the outstanding features are the compelling nature of the stories that the authors selected and the careful way in which they recounted these stories in order to intrigue the readers. They did a superb job."--T. Lindsay Baker, W. K. Gordon Chair, Tarleton State University

— T. Lindsay Baker

East Texas historical Association

". . . thoroughly researched and remarkably well written with both emotion and overall clarity of fact. . . History Ahead . . . provides the 'rest of the story' and then some for those featured. These nineteen chapters are complete biographies of Texans of significance . . . and essays on important events."--Archie P. McDonald, former executive director, East Texas Historical Association, community liaison, Stephen F. Austin University

— Archie McDonald

NPR Texas Correspondent

"I'm a native Texan, and I thought I knew most of the state's oddballs. This book introduced me to a whole new set of hermits, flimflam men, curanderos, bimetallists, ghost busters and aviatrixes. I guess I need to slow down and read the markers." --John Burnett, NPR Texas correspondent

— John Burnett

Author-Historic Hotels of Texas

"History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers is an extremely enjoyable and informative book. Utley and Beeman divulge the fascinating back stories behind some of Texas'' more obscure historic sites, and delve into the cultural and economic forces and the famous and not-so-famous figures that have shaped the state''s history. Their entertaining and informed writing touches on subjects as diverse as architecture, aviation, the oil and cotton industries, the military, religion, music, theater and conversation. I''m ready for more! - Liz Carmack, author, Historic Hotels of Texas

— Liz Carmack

Austin Chronicle

" . . . part travel guide and part history book. Loaded with unusual places to explore, this new book puts a face and personality on Texas history. If grade-school history books were this interesting, then recess would become most students' second favorite subject."--Austin Chronicle

— Gerald McLeod

San Angelo Standard-Times

"With so many historical markers already, and others constantly bei
— Glenn Dromgoole

True West Magazine

"Breaking with the traditional roadside guide, History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers brings together little-known sites and facts, as well as helpful maps to include the largest manmade oil tank, a WW II detention camp cemetery and the remains of Fort D.A. Russell. The stories of Charles Lindbergh, Will Rogers and the Big Bopper are a real treat."--True West

The Austinist

"Historical markers probably aren’t your idea of a riveting read, but authors Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman manage to make them completely engrossing. . . gives an idiosyncratic look at the forgotten corners of Texas history. . . A goldmine for Texas history buffs."--The Austinist

Austin American Statesman

"History doesn't have to be a boring succession of dates or trends to remember. The way to learn history is to appreciate it as a collection of interesting stories. History is a book like History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers."--Austin American Statesman

— Mike Cox

Tarleton State University - T. Lindsay Baker

"As a work designed to tell the stories "behind" selected Texas historical markers, it will make a worthwhile contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the regional past. . . the outstanding features are the compelling nature of the stories that the authors selected and the careful way in which they recounted these stories in order to intrigue the readers. They did a superb job."--T. Lindsay Baker, W. K. Gordon Chair, Tarleton State University
East Texas historical Association - Archie McDonald

". . . thoroughly researched and remarkably well written with both emotion and overall clarity of fact. . . History Ahead . . . provides the 'rest of the story' and then some for those featured. These nineteen chapters are complete biographies of Texans of significance . . . and essays on important events."--Archie P. McDonald, former executive director, East Texas Historical Association, community liaison, Stephen F. Austin University
NPR Texas Correspondent - John Burnett

"I'm a native Texan, and I thought I knew most of the state's oddballs. This book introduced me to a whole new set of hermits, flimflam men, curanderos, bimetallists, ghost busters and aviatrixes. I guess I need to slow down and read the markers." --John Burnett, NPR Texas correspondent
Author-Historic Hotels of Texas - Liz Carmack

"History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers is an extremely enjoyable and informative book. Utley and Beeman divulge the fascinating back stories behind some of Texas' more obscure historic sites, and delve into the cultural and economic forces and the famous and not-so-famous figures that have shaped the state's history. Their entertaining and informed writing touches on subjects as diverse as architecture, aviation, the oil and cotton industries, the military, religion, music, theater and conversation. I'm ready for more! - Liz Carmack, author, Historic Hotels of Texas
Austin Chronicle - Gerald McLeod

" . . . part travel guide and part history book. Loaded with unusual places to explore, this new book puts a face and personality on Texas history. If grade-school history books were this interesting, then recess would become most students' second favorite subject."--Austin Chronicle
Austin American Statesman - Mike Cox

"History doesn't have to be a boring succession of dates or trends to remember. The way to learn history is to appreciate it as a collection of interesting stories. History is a book like History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers."--Austin American Statesman

San Angelo Standard-Times - Glenn Dromgoole

"With so many historical markers already, and others constantly being erected, there are unlimited possibilities for more interesting collections like History Ahead.”--San Angelo Standard-Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603441513
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Tarleton State University - T. Lindsay Baker

"As a work designed to tell the stories "behind" selected Texas historical markers, it will make a worthwhile contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the regional past. . . the outstanding features are the compelling nature of the stories that the authors selected and the careful way in which they recounted these stories in order to intrigue the readers. They did a superb job."--T. Lindsay Baker, W. K. Gordon Chair, Tarleton State University
Author-Historic Hotels of Texas - Liz Carmack

"History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers is an extremely enjoyable and informative book. Utley and Beeman divulge the fascinating back stories behind some of Texas' more obscure historic sites, and delve into the cultural and economic forces and the famous and not-so-famous figures that have shaped the state's history. Their entertaining and informed writing touches on subjects as diverse as architecture, aviation, the oil and cotton industries, the military, religion, music, theater and conversation. I'm ready for more! - Liz Carmack, author, Historic Hotels of Texas

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Meet the Author

UTLEY, former chief historian of the Texas Historical Commission, has served as the president of the East Texas Historical Association and is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. A resident of Pflugerville, he now teaches at Texas State University-San Marcos. BEEMAN, of Austin, retired in 2007 as director of the Texas Historical Commission’s History Programs Division. She is a board member of the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History and current president of the East Texas Historical Association. Both Utley and Beeman serve on the Texas Oral History Association board.

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History Ahead: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rl1955 More than 1 year ago
How many times in your life have you passed a historical marker on the side of the road and wondered why it was there? Growing up in Texas, I have seen hundreds of them but rarely did I stop to read them. They are located on farm to market roads, city streets, interstate highways, and lonely rural roads. "History Ahead: Stories Beyond The Texas Roadside Markers", gives the in depth look at 19 markers and the story of why they were erected. Dan Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman give us a history lesson that is unknown by most. The stories range from ghosts, big oil, a faith healer, Charles Lindbergh, broadway, and the first internationally licensed black female pilot in America. I was astonished with the facts of these stories and have vowed to stop and read markers when I encounter them.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!