Hill Country Hindsights: Stories from a Simpler Time

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Settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, Fredericksburg’s corner of the Texas Hill Country bustles with the trendy energy of an international tourist destination. But there was a time not long ago when the quiet community remained off the beaten path, even if it continued to draw in luminaries like O. Henry, Buck Taylor and Bob Hope. A working knowledge of Town Creek German wasn’t necessary, but it sure came in handy. From the White Elephant Saloon to the 87 Drive-In, Michael Barr tours the bygone byways of the Hill Country, showcasing the fascinating history that predates the overbooked wine tours and vacation rentals.
ISBN: 9781467153522
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 50
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Michael Barr earned a BS degree in history and government from the University of Texas–Austin and an MA degree in history and government from Texas State. He was a teacher and a principal in Fredericksburg, Johnson City and Gatesville. His books include Remembering Bulldog Turner: Unsung Monster of the Midway, Cloyce Box: 6’4” and Bulletproof and Rope Burns and Lead Poisoning: Stories of Western Mentality, Throat Disease and the Open Range. His articles have appeared in Old West magazine, True West magazine, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Texas Highways magazine and Rock and Vine magazine. His “Hindsights” column appears in the Fredericksburg Standard, the Johnson City Record-Courier and on TexasEscapes.com.
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