Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Track Going Back. By Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. (Fort Worth: Amon
Carter Museum, 1969. Pp. 103. Illustrations. $4.95.)
This is a picture book. It is for railroad buffs. Its author is clearly
proud of his buff status; he is also a serious student of transportation
history. The book contains 103 photographs reproduced to face 25- to
Soo-word descriptions. It deliberately excludes well-known pictures. The
prints are in black and white. A sense of nostalgia and a touch of wry
humor pervade the text. The collection attempts to suggest the varied
environmental setting of western railroads and to indicate differences
among railroads. It does both well.
Since DeGolyer has photographed 25,00ooo railroad subjects and collected
another 65,ooo negatives, the selection of only 103 for this catalog, de-
signed to accompany an exhibit by The Amon Carter Museum commem-
orating the centennial of the completion of the first trans-Plains railroad,
must have been frustrating. The result is satisfying, if one can stop won-
dering about the other 89,897 pictures in DeGolyer's collection.
University of Montana ROBERT L. PETERSON
Texas Historic Forts: A Report by the University of Texas School of Archi-
tecture. (Austin: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1969. 5 vols.
Pp. 470. Illustrations, appendices, bibliographies.)
Texas Historic Forts is a five-volume set of reports prepared for the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department "in order to further the preserva-
tion, restoration, and interpretation" of five historic sites: Forts Leaton,
McKavett, Lancaster, Griffin, and Richardson. Since only 400 copies of
each volume were printed, the supply was quickly exhausted. Such reports
represent the first step in any restoration project, that is, the historical
research that is undertaken before any plans for archeological research or
physical restoration are made.
Each volume consists of a preface, a history of the particular fort, a
description of the site, and a proposal for an approach to restoration. The
historical sections are adequate but not exhaustive, and are somewhat
marred by a six-page segment of "interchangeable" material on Texas
forts in general that is incorporated into the text of all five volumes. The
pictorial appendices are superb, and include photographs, maps, plans,
and architectural drawings from military records. The proposals for res-
toration are of great interest, since the problems of the sites range from
those of an abandoned adobe private fort (Leaton) to those of a former
military post that is now the heart of a small town, with citizens living
in the post buildings (McKavett). These are working documents, and
should be carefully examined by all historians who are interested in the
processes-historical, architectural, and political-of restoration.
Texas State Historical Association
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117147/. Accessed April 2, 2015.