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Sutherland Springs, Texas: Saratoga on the Cibolo
     

Sutherland Springs, Texas: Saratoga on the Cibolo

by Richard B. McCaslin
 

In Sutherland Springs, Texas, Richard B. McCaslin explores the rise and fall of this rural community near San Antonio primarily through the lens of its aspirations to become a resort spa town, because of its mineral water springs, around the turn of the twentieth century. Texas real estate developers, initially more interested in oil, brought Sutherland

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In Sutherland Springs, Texas, Richard B. McCaslin explores the rise and fall of this rural community near San Antonio primarily through the lens of its aspirations to become a resort spa town, because of its mineral water springs, around the turn of the twentieth century. Texas real estate developers, initially more interested in oil, brought Sutherland Springs to its peak as a resort in the early twentieth century, but failed to transform the farming settlement into a resort town. The decline in water tables during the late twentieth century reduced the mineral water flows, and the town faded. Sutherland Springs’s history thus provides great insights into the importance of water in shaping settlement.
Beyond the story of resort spa aspirations lies a history of the community and its people itself.
McCaslin provides a complete history of Sutherland Springs from early settlement through Civil War and into the twentieth century, its agricultural and oil-drilling exploits alongside its mineral water appeal, as well as a complete community history of the various settlers and owners of the springs/hotel.

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“This is a well written and clear description of the struggle of a single town in Texas history trying to grow and thrive in very difficult circumstances, such as poor transportation and insignificant location.”—Anne Sutherland, author of We Cousins: The Robertsons, the Sutherlands, and the Making of Texas
 
Sutherland Springs, Texas, will be recognized for its thorough research and scholarship. It may well end up being kind of an anchor in a handful of academic studies of place in Texas. I was gripped by the devastating reality of the Civil War and the account of the history of the Mustang Grays; this chapter is strong because it anchors in broader, national scholarship a small, Texas locale.”—M.J. Morgan, author of Border Sanctuary and Land of Big Rivers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574416732
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
02/15/2017
Series:
Texas Local Series , #2
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


RICHARD B. McCASLIN, TSHA Endowed Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862; Lee in the Shadow of Washington; and Fighting Stock: John S. “Rip” Ford in Texas.

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