Download e-book for iPad: Mythic Texas by Bryan Woolley

By Bryan Woolley

For Texans and non-Texans alike, Mythic Texas is an interesting trip right into a tradition that's like no different on the earth. in the event you contemplate the observe "Texas," vibrant pictures spring to mind. The symbols and legends that the majority people go along with Texas all have their foundation within the historical past, tradition, and geography of the country. throughout the eyes of the folks of Texas, this publication takes a glance at a few of these symbols--oil wells, the "leather throne" (the saddle), longhorn farm animals, and the recognized Lone big name of the Texas Rangers--and reviews on their courting to Texas this present day.

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His customers are cowboys, oil-field hands, and a few welders who have been imported to install a new boiler at a nearby West Texas Utilities plant. Near the bar, six or eight flyswatters hang from a nail. Mr. Bohanan explains the reason for so many: "It's a game we play. You get a flyswatter and sit down at a table with three or four other fellows. Whenever you see a fly, you swat it and rake it into your pile. When it's time for another round, the fellow with the fewest dead flies has to buy.

He could be the model for the longhorn that shows up everywhere in Texas on signs, billboards, TV commercials, menus, company stationery, business cards, and calendars. In Dallas, at least thirty-five businesses named Longhorn sell cars, copiers, fences, loans, wheel alignments, drywall, foundation repairs, gaskets, motorcycles, liquor, barbecue, insurance, guitars, pet supplies, pipe, tires, tours. Fort WorthCowtownhas twenty-three. Across Texas, such longhorn enterprises number in the hundreds, maybe thousands.

We're due another flood," he says. "We had a flood in '32. We had a flood in '54. We had one in '74. We haven't had one since. So we're due one. And we need it. We need something to break this drought. We're looking at five years of drought so far. " After living in their shelters for thousands of years, the Pecos River cave dwellers left. Nobody knows where they went. Nobody knows why. Maybe they couldn't take it anymore. Page 15 Cattle Proud: The Longhorn Even if you've never seen him before, Amigo Yates looks familiar.

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