134 Southwestern Historical Quarterly July
Across the tops of many pages is a time line which runs from 1836 to 1998
with a listing of events that happened during that time both in Fort Worth and
elsewhere, though, as would be expected, most of the information is about Fort
Worth; for example, pages 16o and 161: 197o-Midtown Church of Christ
opens; 1972-Kimbell Art Museum opens; 1973-Fort Worth holds first mod-
ern-day Mayfest in the newly renovated Trinity Park; 1973-Mexican-American
(later Hispanic) Chamber of Commerce founded.
Under this time-line material is an unrelated series of articles and pictures of
various aspects of Fort Worth. While there is an index, there is no table of con-
tents or list of topics covered. The back of the book also contains an Appendix
which lists museums, libraries, the Fort Worth Independent School District, and
organizations-most with their addresses and fees, and many with telephone
numbers and hours. There is also a short bibliography.
The book begins with five pages of pictures and captions of the "Early Views of
Fort Worth," followed by "The Railroad Arrives, July 19, 1876" (four pages),
then in "1902 Fort Worth" begins the description of a six-decade alliance with
the meat-packing industry (six pages). Where there is text it is by various people
with some relationship to the topic chosen, for example Delbert Bailey, Publicity
Manager Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, who wrote "From Cattle
to Culture: Fort Worth's West Side Adventure" (four pages).
There is much material about Fort Worth's relationship to various war efforts
and defense industries, buildings, influential people, women, African Amer-
icans, Jews, floods and other disasters, colleges, schools, museums, and the
Dallas-Fort Worth airport. If it happened in Fort Worth, it's in here somewhere,
though in no discernible order.
In general the book is interesting, though the change in writing styles is off-
putting. It covers a great deal of information about the city in four- or five-page
articles. If you find something that interests you, you could always dig into it
more deeply elsewhere. The pictures, in general, are very good.
While I might question a few of the topics included, almost all the material is
to the point. A quick and painless way to learn a good deal about Fort Worth.
Austin Martin Margulis
Texas Trailblazers: San Augustine Pioneers. By Harry P. Noble Jr. (Lufkin: Best of
East Texas Publishers, 1999. Pp. 289. Preface, introduction, index. ISBN 1-
Collected from the author's weekly newspaper columns in the San Augustine
Tribune, the book examines surviving records concerning the lives of fourteen
early, prominent San Augustine residents. All but one of these people were
active in the mid-nineteenth century. Each attained a measure of notoriety in
the East Texas Redlands and most at least rubbed shoulders with the icons of
Texas history. Some were participants in primary governmental and military
events that shaped the state.
The short biographies rely on court papers and deed records to provide the
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101221/. Accessed July 31, 2014.