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Tales From out Yonder is a mixture of stories about people, places, and things-from frontiersman-rancher-fugitive Humpy Jackson, who drove Col. Randald Mackenzie and his 4th Cavalry soldiers crazy; to the Earl of Aylesford, an English nobleman who settled in Big Spring, bought a ranch and businesses, then drank himself to death; to Pancho Villa's war for the movie cameras; to Mason County's "Hoodoo" War. Read about aviation, outlaws, rainmakers, ghost towns, painted rocks, barbed wire, Nazi prisoners, Buffalo ...

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Tales From out Yonder is a mixture of stories about people, places, and things-from frontiersman-rancher-fugitive Humpy Jackson, who drove Col. Randald Mackenzie and his 4th Cavalry soldiers crazy; to the Earl of Aylesford, an English nobleman who settled in Big Spring, bought a ranch and businesses, then drank himself to death; to Pancho Villa's war for the movie cameras; to Mason County's "Hoodoo" War. Read about aviation, outlaws, rainmakers, ghost towns, painted rocks, barbed wire, Nazi prisoners, Buffalo Soldiers, cedar choppers, madstones, gold, salt, onions, and more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781556228483
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Look Yonder ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part I People
Eloping Lovers' Story Ends Violently: Girl's Parents Chase Couple; Kill Them In Shootout 3
C. W. Post, the Cereal King: Grape Nuts and other crunchy stuff 13
Captain Randolph B. Marcy: The Prairie Traveler's Companion 16
Ben Sublett's Secret Gold Mine: Little of the precious stuff has been found in western Texas 19
America's First Emperor: Visited Fredericksburg in 1876 23
"Fighting Parson" Potter: And His Circuit Ridin' Brethren 28
William Leslie Black: Frontier Entrepreneur 38
Teacher's Life a Mystery: She Was Mighty Young to Be in the Schoolroom 47
"Guinea Pigs In Zoot Suits" The Women Had to Prove They Could Be Ferry Pilots 50
Pancho Villa, Bandit-General: Fights Movie War With Real Bullets 55
Indian Emily, Fact or Fiction? A Love Story From the Frontier 61
Clay Wyatt, Cowboy Philosopher: Eighty-Seven-Year-Old Pen Pal Man of Integrity 63
The Concho Country Had Its Bad Boys: Cherokee Bill, the Ketchums, and others were among the worst 65
The Earl of Aylesford: The English gentleman was a true tenderfoot 75
The History of Aviation: Did It Start in the Texas Hill Country? 83
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: Droughts Bring Out the Rainmakers 87
Humpy Jackson Fought Army Three Years: The Menard Frontiersman Gave 4th Cavalrymen Bad Time 91
Part II Places
Remnants of the Past: Ghost Towns, Faded Hopes of Yesterday 99
Fort Chadbourne: The Indians Won the Horse Races 104
Brambletye: An Englishman's Texas castle 111
The Indians Won Some, Too: Peaceful Kickapoos Whip the Texas Militia 114
The Mining Town That Fizzled Twice: Shafter Becomes Ghost Town Twice in Same Century 119
Family's Abrupt Departure Leaves Mystery: Ostrander Ranch House Believed To Be Haunted 124
Rankin Beach: The Hot Spot of West Texas 128
Part III Things
Don't Fence Me In: Barbed Wire in Texas 133
Saving a Train Load of Mohair: 800,000 Pounds Damaged by Floodwaters 141
Painted Rocks on the Concho: A Major Rock Art Site in Texas 146
A Wild and Woolly Land Rush: With Guns Drawn and Fists Flying 151
Nazi Terrorism: Reminders of Brutality Found in Texas 156
The Freighter and the Madstone: Only Treatment Available for 'Hydraphoby' 162
Onions Bring in a Railroad: Eye-Watering Veggie Helps San Saba Grow 165
Dead Man's Cut: Dynamite Blast Snuffs Out Lives of Two Men 168
The Bloody Salt War: Important Mineral Center of Conflict 171
Tom Green County: Big Momma to 66 Texas Counties 175
2,000 Show Up for Dam Party: Rededication Fest Marks Dam's 50th Birthday 177
Rocksprings Lynching: 1910 Murder Triggers Riot, Diplomatic Threats 182
Cedar Choppers, a Vanishing Breed: Cedar Posts Became a Hot Commodity 185
The Violent World of the Frontier: Living History Groups Bring the Past to Life 190
The "Hoodoo" War: Even the Texas Rangers Were Divided 197
The Menard Stink House: Trapping Flies to Help Fight Screwworms 208
Bibliography 211
Index 213
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