How did camels find their way to Camp Verde, Texas? And why? Was Main Street in Bandera always Main Street? Who were the Hays, the Langfords, Amasa Clark and what did they look like? How long has Stein's Clothiers been on 11th Street? Did you know that shingle making was once a thriving industry in the Cowboy Capital?
With the debut of Bandera County, a pictorial history of the county's heritage, all those questions and many others are not only answered, they are documented in one jam packed volume. Beautifully reproduced photos dating from the mid-eighteen hundreds to the present introduce readers to founding families of Bandera County along with early businesses, churches, livestock, rodeos, cowboys, natural disasters and even the construction of the dam that created Medina Lake.
Published as part of its "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publishing, under the umbrella of The Frontier Times Museum, Bandera County reads like a favorite family photo album. Museum Collection Manager, Rebecca Hoffstutler Norton coordinated the project as primary writer and editor and is quick to give credit to those who assisted her and those who loaned family and private collection photos. In the book's
Acknowledgements, she writes, "A special thank-you to Peggy Tobin for not only contributing to the introduction, but also for her dedication to preserving and documenting the history of Bandera County. " Museum trustee, Claire Roberts, and Lauren Langford are also credited for their help and assistance. Rebecca adds, "Please mention how indebted we are to the Bandera County Historical Commission for opening their photo archives to us and for their support of this project."
Bandera County dusts off the history of the county's past and makes it real and new for all who visit or live here. Whether you are a history buff or just want to see a picture of Scooter Fries as a fresh-faced kid being honored in1948, Maudeen Marks on one of her beloved longhorns, or John Graham riding a camel, this book has something for you.
The Frontier Times Museum would like to invite the community to a book launch party on Thursday, June 3, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the museum. For more information, call the Museum at 830-796-3864.