Title: High Plains Yesterdays: From XIT Days ...
Publisher: Eakin Press, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: By Author
Edition: Stated First Edition
Not ex-library copy. Hard cover with jacket - jacket is in mylar covering but there is some light rubbing on the jacket and the edges are lightly crinkled. 274 pages - the binding is tight and the text is clean and in fine condition. The author has inscribed and signed the front free-endpaper - "For (named couple), our old old friends. With best regards, John C. Dawson, Sr. Sept. 17, 1985". Set in the book is an order form for the book from Eakin Press, a Houston Post article about the author dated February 4, 1986, and a type written letter to the previous owners asking if they had ever experienced a high plains mirage - letter is signed in ink by the author. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 025824
Synopsis: The northernmost portion of the Texas Panhandle, the Dalhart High Plains area, is perhaps best known for its legendary cold weather. There is "only a barbed wire fence between it and the North Pole," as the saying goes. To many it is famed for the three-million-acre XIT Ranch that was carved out of the Texas Public Domain as payment for construction of the State Capitol building in Austin, pursuant to a contract let in 1832. Buffalo Springs, thirty miles northwest of Dalhart, was the original XIT headquarters, and many early residents of the Dalhart area spent their youthful years as cowboys on the ranch. From about 1901 to about 1939, those living in the High Plains area witnessed and took part in its transition from a purely cattle-raising empire to a cattle and farming empire. Only venturesome, independent, and self-reliant people were willing to cast their fate with the High Plains. In "High Plains Yesterdays," John C. Dawson, a retired Houston lawyer who grew up in Dalhart, captures the personalities and characters of some of these people and makes the reader intimately acquainted with them. The uninitiated will also feel the blizzards, sandstorms, droughts, and hot winds, and the contrasting clear, invigorating atmosphere, enormous skies, and broad vistas that the settlers experienced.
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