The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982

Book Reviews

history of the missions from the time of their construction to the
present. Included are not only the pueblo missions but also those
erected in the villas of Albuquerque, Santa Cruz de la Cafiada, and
Santa Fe-including the Cathedral of St. Francis; excluded are the
missions abandoned before 1776 and those established thereafter. Al-
together, the detailed histories of thirty-two missions are included.
The author places these buildings in the context of their times with
a good introduction. In lively style he presents background informa-
tion about the friars and their work, the missions and their neglect.
Kessell also includes information about the influence of the missions
upon subsequent architectural taste and upon the early development
of the preservation movement in New Mexico.
The histories of the missions arouse one's sentiments: it is sadden-
ing to read that some were destroyed, some collapsed, and some have
been modified unsympathetically, but heartening to find that others
have been restored and are well maintained. The essays on history, in
addition to describing the missions, provide insight into life in the
wilderness. All the essays are well documented, and the liberal use of
quotations from early visitors adds interest and color.
The text is supported by over two hundred illustrations. Historic
photographs taken at various times show the evolution of the archi-
tectural fabric of the missions. In addition, reproductions of drawings
from the Historic American Buildings Survey and other sources add
clarity to the graphic descriptions. Sketches of the missions by Hein-
rich B. Hllhausen and John G. Bourke, reproduced in color, con-
tribute to the attractiveness of the volume.
The book is handsomely designed and, aside from a reversal of two
columns of print on pages 78-79, well laid out. It is an excellent ad-
dition to the history of southwestern architecture.
Texas Tech University WILLARD B. ROBINSON
Captain Clint Peoples, Texas Ranger: Fifty Years a Lawman. By
James M. Day. (Waco, Tex.: Texian Press, 1980. Pp. x+S2o.
Illustrations, notes, index. $17.50.)
For a young boy from Montgomery County, Texas, the thought of
being a lawman in 193o was the height of ambition, to be a Texas
Ranger almost beyond comprehension. Yet Clint Peoples fashioned,
for more than fifty years, an enviable record that few law officers have
matched. After serving as a chief deputy constable and chief deputy

219

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101208/. Accessed December 20, 2014.