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Books about Palo Pinto County, TX

1. History of Palo Pinto County, 1978, reprinted by The Palo Pinto County Historical Association.

You may purchase copies at Bennett's Office Supply in Mineral Wells, or contact Ann Reagan at (940-659-2555) to order your copy
($40 plus $3.25 for shipping)

2. "Complete Cemetery Census of Palo Pinto County Texas 1854-2002" compiled by Nelda Moren, Jack Loftin, and Marie Loftin.  It has 671 pages and is a very nice book.  To obtain your copy send $40 plus $3.25 shipping to:

Jack Loftin
2627 Loftin Road
Windthorst, TX 76389
(940) 423-6426

3. The Doyle Marshall book, A Cry Unheard , can be purchased from Mary Kemp, 2603 South Main, Weatherford TX 76086; 817-594-6837; for $40 plus $5 shipping. This is a tremendous book about the Indian depredations in Parker and Palo Pinto Counties.

4. Time Was in Mineral Wells, A. F. Weaver, Houghton Printing Co., Mineral Wells, TX

5. Santo: The Hub, Palo Pinto Story

6. The Palo Pinto Story by Mary Whatley Clarke; Copyright: 1956; Printed by: The Manney Co., 1041 Isbell Rd Ft Worth 14, Texas

7. Pioneers, Moses Taylor and Elizabeth Prevatte Taylor Sr. of Kentucky and North Carolina, 1968 Revision by L. Rhea Taylor Sr.

8. The Ramsey's, a family Story by John Paul Black, 1990.

9. Glancing Backward, A History of Lipan Texas.

10. Possum Kingdom Country compiled by Fern Caudill, Georgia Coulson; published by Leonard Paul Printing, Ft. Worth. 

11. PETTIT, MICHAEL.  Riding for the Brand: 150 Years of Cowden Ranching. University of Oklahoma Press, cloth, 320 pages, $29.95.  ISBN 0-8061-3718-5.
    Since the first Cowdens skirmished with the Comanches in the 1850s until the present day, the JAL Ranch and the Cowdens have been part of the history of the American Southwest.  Pettit, a former rancher and a Cowden descendant, traces the history of the Cowden ranching empire from its beginning in Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1853, to the JAL Ranch in southern New Mexico, in 2005.  This is a story of a real ranching family over six generations that includes tales of cowboys and Indians, buffalo and cattle, open range and barbed wire, water rights and good grazing land. Pettit tells the story well without any of the good ole boy flavor, but with the style of a literary Novel of the West-which this book could almost be except it includes end notes, bibliography, and index.  This is a marvelous history of a ranching family from past to present.
Review from Roundup Online Magazine.

12. BITS AND PIECES FROM THE PALO PINTO STAR, 1885-1887. These abstracted newspaper articles provide a glimpse into the history of the Palo Pinto County area of Texas and the lives of its citizens. Also mentioned are happenings around the state and the nation. 237 pages. Indexed. By Karen Ladd Acker. Can be ordered at:

13. Five Early Settlers of Palo Pinto and Parker Counties, Texas: a Bearden, Burt, Carter, Daves and McEntyre Family History by Deedie McIntire published in 1988

14. Images of America:  Mineral Wells.  It can be purchased through Amazon or at the Book Satchell at 800 E Hubbard St. in Mineral Wells. Phone number (940) 325-8441



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