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"The indefatigable T. Lindsay Baker has now became his huge, immense psychological and actual energies to the topic and has delivered to view - if to not lifestyles -eighty-six Texas ghost cities for the reader's excitement. Baker lists 3 standards for inclusion: tangible continues to be, public entry, and statewide insurance. In every one case Baker reviews in regards to the town's founding, its former value, and the explanations for its decline. There are maps and directions for attaining each one website and diverse pictures exhibiting the previous and current prestige of every. The modern photographs have been taken, in so much circumstances, via Baker himself, who proves as adept a photographer as he's researcher and writer....Baker has performed his paintings completely and good, inside limits imposed via necessity. He evidently rejoiced within the approach and it indicates in his prose."---New Mexico historic assessment

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A year later a chartered train brought 375 church members from the North. Temporarily billeting in the mansion, the new residents quickly started erecting a sixty- by eighty-foot wooden tabernacle, small clapboard residences, and two large dormitories for unmarried male and female colonists. Construction continued for almost the entire history of Burning Bush, with work on sewage system, waterworks, electric powerhouse, and school, not to mention the erection of a two-story building to house visitors and a communal kitchen.

Photograph by the author, 1984. Indians who remained in the state. Tribes represented by the almost two thousand Native Americans located there included the Caddo, Anadarko, Tonkawa, Waco, and small groups from other tribes. Though the Indians were not warlike, the hostility of the white settlers who were moving into the general area verged on open warfare, and Indian agent Robert S. Neighbors was forced five years later to lead his wards for their own safety to federal reserves in the Indian Territory.

They ranged from virtually intact but empty towns to bare sites in cultivated fields indistinguishable from any others nearby. Some have been surrounded by urban growth, while others have been miles from even the nearest ranch house. The variety of sites, as demonstrated in the book, is difficult even to imagine until one has begun visiting them. In preparing the book I identified well over one thousand abandoned towns in Texas. From this multitude I selected approximately three hundred for actual site documentation.

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