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"The indefatigable T. Lindsay Baker has now became his huge, immense psychological and actual energies to the topic and has delivered to view - if to not existence -eighty-six Texas ghost cities for the reader's excitement. Baker lists 3 standards for inclusion: tangible is still, public entry, and statewide assurance. In each one case Baker reviews in regards to the town's founding, its former value, and the explanations for its decline. There are maps and directions for attaining every one web site and various photos displaying the earlier and current prestige of every. The modern pictures have been taken, in so much cases, via Baker himself, who proves as adept a photographer as he's researcher and writer....Baker has performed his paintings completely and good, inside limits imposed through necessity. He evidently had a good time within the procedure and it exhibits in his prose."---New Mexico ancient evaluate

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After the hide hunters in 1872-73 had decimated the western Kansas buffalo herds, they began shifting their operations southward across the Arkansas and Cimarron rivers into the Texas Panhandle. They had killed so many bison in Kansas that it became difficult for them to make a living taking hides. Consequently in the winter of 1873-74 hunting crews moved southward into an area that had been exclusively the hunting grounds of the Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians. When the hunters began shifting south, merchants in Dodge City, Kansas, fearing the loss of their trade, also began planning branch stores to operate in the midst of the new buffalo range.

Peters, Carlsbad, New Mexico; Mary Glover Henson, Pine Spring; Isabel Hammack Gilmore, Salt Flat; Sherman Harriman, Amarillo; staff of the Bullard Community Library, Bullard; B. Byron Price, Billy R. , San Antonio; David B. Gracy, Donaly E. Brice, and Jerry Sullivan, Austin; John Allen Templeton, Jacksonville. The purpose of this book is to get people out of their easy chairs and into the field where they can see, smell, and touch Texas history where it was made. If readers find that the status of sites has changed since my writing about them, I would be very much obliged if you would drop me a line and let me know.

The military post at Fort Belknap originated in 1851, when it was established by General William G. Belknap. Originally located two miles higher on the Brazos River, it moved downstream a few months later to a point that it occupied for the next twenty-five years. The post was one of a series of forts stretching from the Rio Grande to the Red River, which were constructed in the early 1850s to protect the Texas frontier from marauding bands of Indians. The town of Belknap was built about half a mile east of the fort, just off the military reservation, and in 1856 it became the first seat of Young County.

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