The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

store Mission Nuestra Sefiora del Espiritu Santo de Zufiiga, an impor-
tant Spanish colonial entity established in 1749 near Goliad. Subse-
quently he undertook the restoration of Presidio La Bahia, another
Spanish outpost, as well as a number of East Texas buildings.
Commissioned by Ford Albritton, Jr., Restoring Texas is an off-shoot
of a symposium honoring Raiford in September, 1983, at the Institute
of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. The book traces the life and times of
Raiford, who practices out of an office located in the Old San Augus-
tine Jail-an interesting adaptive use. The discussion is set in the con-
text of the institutions and events surrounding his life, all of which pro-
vide good perspective for his work. Consequently, information on the
preservation movement and other restoration architects in Texas is in-
cluded, along with historical events associated with buildings on which
he has been employed.
The book also provides insight into some of the processes of restora-
tion. For instance, the importance of painstaking research and careful
observation for accurately documenting projects is well cited by Rai-
ford and exemplified by his work. The importance of approaching res-
toration with freedom from preconceived ideas, another important
requisite for good work, is also emphasized.
The book is written in an entertaining style. Throughout, anecdotes
add warmth and interest to the narrative. Restoring Texas is recom-
mended reading for all who have an interest in Texas culture. While
honoring an important historical architect, it provides valuable insight
into the preservation movement in Texas in general. It is well illus-
trated with handsome photographs and copies of Raiford's drawings.
Detailed descriptions of several important restoration projects are also
included.
Texas Tech University WILLARD B. ROBINSON
Ballot Box 13: How Lyndon Johnson Won His 1948 Senate Race by 87 Con-
tested Votes. By Mary Kahl. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Com-
pany, Inc., 1983. Pp. xii+272. Acknowledgments, prologue, map,
epilogue, notes, bibliography, index. $18.95.)
Somewhere in Don Quixote the author observes that there is some-
thing of value in even the worst of books. I hope he is right. For ex-
ample one can learn fascinating things from this volume. One can learn
how the heroes of the Alamo died in their places surrounded by piles
of dead Mexicans. One can learn about the horrors of Reconstruction
in Texas. One can learn that the 1948 Cotton Bowl was played in Aus-

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117152/. Accessed December 20, 2014.