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Selected Readings:
The Plains & the Texas Panhandle

Charles Goodnight: Father of the Texas Panhandle (Oklahoma Western Biographies) by William Thomas Hagan

Deep Time And the Texas High Plains: History And Geology (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest) by Paul Howard Carlson

Empire Builder in the Texas Panhandle: William Henry Bush (West Texas A&M University Series) by Paul Howard Carlson

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne (Scribner, 2010) tells two stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second is the saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Borger is mentioned on p. 216. This history although it includes all the big names we know, including Billy Dixon, is NOTHING like what we learned in Texas history.

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains David J. Wishart (Editor)

Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland to 1880 by Robert F. Pace & Dr. Donald S. Frazier

Great Plains by Ian Frazier

Great Plains, America's Lingering Wild by Michael Forsberg

The Great Plains during World War II by Prof. R. Douglas Hurt PhD
The Greatest Gamblers: The Epic of American Oil Exploration (University of Oklahoma Press) by Ruth Sheldon Knowles

Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America
by Patrick Carr and Maria Kefalas

Land of Bright Promise: Advertising the Texas Panhandle and South Plains, 1870-1917 (M K Brown Range Life Series, No. 17) by Jan Blodgett

A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andre Resendez

Life and Adventures of 'Billy' Dixon of Adobe Walls, Texas Panhandle by Billy Dixon

The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell Edited by Joan C. Troccoli

Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains by William Ashworth

Panhandle Cowboy by John R. Erickson and Bill Ellzey

Panhandle Pilgrimage: Illustrated Tales Tracing History in the Texas Panhandle by Pauline Durrett Robertson and R. L. Robertson

Prairie: A Natural History by Candace Savage

Rewilding the West; Restoration in a Prairie Landscape by Richard Manning

Route 66: The Mother Road 75th Anniversary Edition (St. Martin's Griffin) by Michael Wallace

Sam Houston and the American Southwest
, 3rd Edition (Library of American Biography)
by Randolph B. Campbell

Stained Glass and Railroad Tracks by Virginia Pirtle Malicoat

Taming the Land: The Lost Postcard Photographs of the Texas High Plains (Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life Series) by John Miller Morris

Texas Panhandle Frontier (Double Mountain Books--Classic Reissues of the American West) by Frederick W. Rathjen

West Texas: A Portrait of Its People and Their Raw and Wondrous Land by Mike Cochran , John Lumpkin , Ron Heflin

The Wide Open; Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie Edited by Annick Smith and Susan O'Connor

Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier by Wallace Stegner

Woman of the Plains: The Journals and Stories of Nellie M. Perry (West Texas A&M University Series) by Nellie M. Perry

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl  by Timothy Egan  (Mariner Books, 2006). This book won the National Book Award and several other prizes with a story centered on Dalhart.

For younger readers:

The Wind Blows Free: A Tale of the Texas Panhandle (Texas Panhandle Series Book 1) by Loula Grace Erdman

The Wide Horizon (Texas Panhandle Series Book 2) by Loula Grace Erdman

The Good Land (Texas Panhandle Series Book 3) by Loula Grace Erdman


Titles in Rare Book and Texana Collections, University of North Texas Libraries
(940) 565-2769  Willis Library Room 437, 1516 Highland Avenue
PO Box 305190  Denton, TX 76203-5190
Stanley, Francis
The Phillips, Texas, Story.
Nazareth, TX: n.p., 1975.
F394.P44 S72 1975 Texas County Histories Collection
Stanley, Francis
The Plemons, Texas, Story.
Nazareth, TX: n.p., 1973.
F394.P63 S72 1973 Texas County Histories Collection
Dixon, Billy and Olive K. Dixon
The Buffalo Wallow Fight: Extract from the Life of "Billy" Dixon.
Houston: The Union National Bank, 1935.
F594.D613 B83 1935 Texana

An Unassuming Man:
The Memoir of Joe Hayes

by Leslie Monden

Paperback: 132 pages

Publisher: iUniverse (April 5, 2010)

ISBN-10: 1450205062


Joe Hayes was born on the day that President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany. Only a few days later the United States would enter World War I. He lived through six wars, the Roaring Twenties, the Dust Bowl days, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Cold War and the dawning of the nuclear age. Along the way, Joe Hayes accomplished, as an outstanding athlete, a status few other athletes can claim. Joe lived his entire life by a single philosophy: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." -Matthew 23:12. Joe died on Valentine's Day 2012.

About the Author: A native of the Texas Panhandle, Leslie Monden is a lifetime resident of Stinnett, Texas. A longtime journalist, Leslie is also a photographer, a grant writer, and an amateur archeologist. She is a member of several historical organizations in Hutchinson County, Texas.



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