The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 251
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Texas Collection 251
What is a fitting symbol or emblem of history? What signifies
the insatiable curiosity which sets one off on long travel and search?
Take the delightful account of the Lampasas ghost town Senterfitt
written by Mary Carter and published in the Dallas News of
October 8. Miss Carter traces the origin of the town, and gives
the plat. This research was made because eight Texas Rangers
under Lieutenant Reynolds passed Senterfitt at midnight of July
18, 1878. They were on their way to Round Rock, which they
reached a few hours after their companions had shot and captured
Sam Bass. Jack Martin, Senterfitt merchant, heard them pass
and said he knew "hell had broken loose somewhere." Mary Carter
read the statement, saw a canceled postage stamp bearing the
name of the dead town, and was thus impelled to resurrect it.
Perhaps Gabriel's horn should be the symbol of the historian
who makes dead things come to life.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940, periodical, 1940; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101111/m1/265/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.