Van Alstyne

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Images of America: Van Alstyne relates the story of a Texas town born in an era when small-town life was deeply ingrained in America. Founded by 1873, Van Alstyne is a close-knit, patriotic, religious, hardworking, and progressive-minded community. Surrounded by prime farmland, Van Alstyne thrived as a center for cotton ginning. In addition to railroad service, a far-ranging interurban line enhanced Van Alstyne's transportation system for 40 years. The Van Alstyne Grays, a semiprofessional team that placed its stars into baseball's big leagues, represented the national pastime. The town's former opera house still stands, and so do other Victorian commercial buildings and homes—tangible reminders of a classic American town that continues to offer the amenities of a comfortable community.
ISBN: 9781467130776
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Bill O'Neal is the state historian of Texas. He is the author of more than 40 books, including four Arcadia titles. The Van Alstyne Historical Society, propelled by dedicated and knowledgeable local historians, preserves the past of the city through an excellent downtown museum. The Van Alstyne Public Library maintains an exceptional collection of archival records, interviews, and multiple other sources of information about the town and its citizens.