100 Years of the Texas Highway Department

Author: Carol Dawson,Roger Allen Polson

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623494567

Category: History

Page: 368

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On the eve of its centennial, Carol Dawson and Roger Allen Polson present almost 100 years of history and never-before-seen photographs that track the development of the Texas Highway Department. An agency originally created “to get the farmer out of the mud,” it has gone on to build the vast network of roads that now connects every corner of the state. When the Texas Highway Department (now called the Texas Department of Transportation or TxDOT) was created in 1917, there were only about 200,000 cars in Texas traveling on fewer than a thousand miles of paved roads. Today, after 100 years of the Texas Highway Department, the state boasts over 80,000 miles of paved, state-maintained roads that accommodate more than 25 million vehicles. Sure to interest history enthusiasts and casual readers alike, decades of progress and turmoil, development and disaster, and politics and corruption come together once more in these pages, which tell the remarkable story of an infrastructure 100 years in the making.
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An Illustrated History

Author: Andrea Guy-Halat

Publisher: HPN Books

ISBN: 1935377248

Category: History

Page: 136

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An illustrated history of Fort Bend County, Texas, paired with histories of the local companies.
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One Hundred Years and One Hundred Miles of Day Trips

Author: Lucinda Freeman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450275101

Category: Travel

Page: 392

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In HISTORIC HOUSTON: HOW TO SEE IT, Lucinda Freeman brings Houston’s history to life by coupling entertaining stories that highlight influential personalities and key historical events with day-trip itineraries, providing a comprehensive and useful guidebook for heritage tourists interested in the history of Houston and surrounding region. Freeman is a native Houstonian, a fifth-generation Texan, and the daughter of two parents who also wrote books on Houston’s history. She relies on careful research and personal experience to offer unforgettable adventures into early Houston and Texas. She brings to light colorful historical characters like Sam Houston, Deaf Smith, and legendary cattle rustler and oilman Shanghai Pierce. Freeman also recounts stories of immigrants and highlights events from key time periods like the Texas Revolution, Antebellum Texas, and the Civil War, offering guided day-trip plans for seeing it all, including historical markers, museums, plantations, battle sites, and renovated historical buildings. HISTORIC HOUSTON: HOW TO SEE IT com bines historical facts and easy to- follow itineraries with captivating anecdotes about the famous, the infamous, the heroic, and the eccentric in order to provide a fascinating, in-depth glimpse into a forward-thinking city and region with great personality and character. For more information about the book and related projects and events, visit www.historichoustontourism.com
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A Fortnightly Review of Railway Practice; Extraordinary Cases in the Last Ten Years Described ...

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Publisher: N.A

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Category: Railroads

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Author: William C. Foster

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292793138

Category: History

Page: 351

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Mapping old trails has a romantic allure at least as great as the difficulty involved in doing it. In this book, William Foster produces the first highly accurate maps of the eleven Spanish expeditions from northeastern Mexico into what is now East Texas during the years 1689 to 1768. Foster draws upon the detailed diaries that each expedition kept of its route, cross-checking the journals among themselves and against previously unused eighteenth-century Spanish maps, modern detailed topographic maps, aerial photographs, and on-site inspections. From these sources emerges a clear picture of where the Spanish explorers actually passed through Texas. This information, which corrects many previous misinterpretations, will be widely valuable. Old names of rivers and landforms will be of interest to geographers. Anthropologists and archaeologists will find new information on encounters with some 139 named Indian tribes. Botanists and zoologists will see changes in the distribution of flora and fauna with increasing European habitation, and climatologists will learn more about the "Little Ice Age" along the Rio Grande.
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Ein Mädchen verschwindet. Eine Fremde kehrt zurück. Roman

Author: Amy Gentry

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641204933

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Tom und Anna haben das Schlimmste erlebt, was sich Eltern vorstellen können: Ihre 13-jährige Tochter Julie wurde entführt, alle Suchaktionen waren vergebens, die Polizei hat den Fall längst zu den Akten gelegt. Acht Jahre später taucht plötzlich eine junge Frau auf und behauptet, die vermisste Tochter zu sein. Die Familie kann ihr Glück kaum fassen. Doch schon bald spüren alle, dass die Geschichte der Verschwundenen nicht aufgeht. Anna hegt einen furchtbaren Verdacht. Sie macht sich auf die Suche nach der Wahrheit über die junge Frau, von der sie inständig hofft, dass es ihre Tochter ist, die ihr gleichzeitig aber auch fremd erscheint und das gesamte Familiengefüge gefährlich ins Wanken bringt ... Good as Gone ist ein von Anfang an atemberaubend spannendes Buch darüber, wie wenig wir die kennen, die wir lieben. Amy Gentry spielt grandios mit verschiedenen Erzählperspektiven und führt die Leser auf zahlreiche falsche Fährten – bis zum fulminanten Finale.
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Author: Mark Ellis,Heather Stauffer

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738541280

Category: History

Page: 127

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Kearney is situated in the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska. The Platte River has always been an important route across the Great Plains. Native American tribes such as the Pawnee followed the river to their western hunting grounds. Soldiers at nearby Fort Kearny guarded the Oregon and Mormon Trails while the Pony Express skirted through the county. The Union Pacific Railroad pushed through the region in 1866, and when the Burlington Railroad reached the area in 1871, Kearney (originally Kearney Junction) was born. By the early 1900s, the automobile began to make its mark. The Lincoln Highway, the nation's first paved transcontinental highway, traveled through the heart of town. Today Kearney sits on Interstate 80, and the Archway Monument, a museum that celebrates the region's transportation history, spans the thoroughfare.
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Category: Industries

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Beginning in 1956 each vol. includes as a regular number the Blue book of southern progress and the Southern industrial directory, formerly issued separately.
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Die Geschichte des Scharfschützen Chris Kyle

Author: Chris Kyle,Scott McEwen,Jim DeFelice

Publisher: Riva Verlag

ISBN: 3864138027

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Chris Kyle diente von 1999 bis 2009 bei den US Navy SEALs und verzeichnete in jener Zeit die höchste Zahl an tödlichen Treffern in der amerikanischen Militärgeschichte. 160 gezielte Liquidationen schreibt ihm das Pentagon offiziell zu. Seine Kameraden nannten ihn "Die Legende", seine Feinde "Teufel" ... In dieser eindringlichen Autobiografie erzählt der geborene Texaner, der 2013 erschossen wurde, die Geschichte seiner außergewöhnlichen Karriere. Nach dem 11. September 2001 wurde er im Kampf gegen den Terror an die Front geschickt und fand seine Berufung als Scharfschütze. Hart und ehrlich spricht Kyle über die Schattenseiten des Krieges und das brutale Handwerk des Tötens. Seine Frau Taya schildert in bewegenden Einschüben, wie der Krieg sich nicht nur auf ihre Ehe und ihre Kinder auswirkte, sondern auch auf ihren Mann. American Sniper ist das Psychogramm eines Scharfschützen und ein fesselnder Augenzeugenbericht aus dem Krieg, den nur ein Mann erzählen kann.
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