Early Settlers of the Panhandle Plains

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The panhandle plains were Texas's last frontier, barren lands populated by hostile Comanche and outlaws attempting to outrun civilization. It was Texas Ranger and frontier scout Jim Jackson who first saw potential in the region. Jackson accompanied Col. Ranald Mackenzie into unsettled Kent County in 1875. He climbed a mountain at Polar to witness a sea of tall grass and a good stream of water. This was good news for Jackson's friends and relatives in Coleman County. Many chose to leave the crowded range and move their cattle herds west. Those who answered the call of the wild were Elkins, Mann, Brown, Overall, Sharp, Wallace, and a host of others. They were the point riders who took the challenge of opening Kent, Garza, Crosby, Lynn, Borden, Dawson, Mitchell, Fisher, Scurry, Stonewall, and Nolan Counties to permanent settlement.
ISBN: 9781467130684
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Norman Wayne Brown is retired from the Air Force and the State of Texas. He is a coauthor with Chuck Parsons on the book A Lawless Breed, a biography of John Wesley Hardin. Sarah Bellian is the curator of the Scurry County Museum in Snyder, Texas. She is the primary author of Images of America: Snyder and Scurry County.