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Product Details

  • Series: Texas A&M Travel Guides
  • Flexibound: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; 1 edition (February 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603441514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603441513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a work designed to tell the stories "behind" selected Texas historical markers, it will make a worthwhile contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the regional past. . . the outstanding features are the compelling nature of the stories that the authors selected and the careful way in which they recounted these stories in order to intrigue the readers. They did a superb job."--T. Lindsay Baker, W. K. Gordon Chair, Tarleton State University
(T. Lindsay Baker Tarleton State University)

". . . thoroughly researched and remarkably well written with both emotion and overall clarity of fact. . . History Ahead . . . provides the 'rest of the story' and then some for those featured. These nineteen chapters are complete biographies of Texans of significance . . . and essays on important events."--Archie P. McDonald, former executive director, East Texas Historical Association, community liaison, Stephen F. Austin University
(Archie McDonald East Texas historical Association)

"I'm a native Texan, and I thought I knew most of the state's oddballs. This book introduced me to a whole new set of hermits, flimflam men, curanderos, bimetallists, ghost busters and aviatrixes. I guess I need to slow down and read the markers." --John Burnett, NPR Texas correspondent
(John Burnett NPR Texas Correspondent)

"History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers is an extremely enjoyable and informative book. Utley and Beeman divulge the fascinating back stories behind some of Texas' more obscure historic sites, and delve into the cultural and economic forces and the famous and not-so-famous figures that have shaped the state's history. Their entertaining and informed writing touches on subjects as diverse as architecture, aviation, the oil and cotton industries, the military, religion, music, theater and conversation. I'm ready for more! - Liz Carmack, author, Historic Hotels of Texas
(Liz Carmack Author-Historic Hotels of Texas)

" . . . part travel guide and part history book. Loaded with unusual places to explore, this new book puts a face and personality on Texas history. If grade-school history books were this interesting, then recess would become most students' second favorite subject."--Austin Chronicle
(Gerald McLeod Austin Chronicle 2010-03-26)

"With so many historical markers already, and others constantly being erected, there are unlimited possibilities for more interesting collections like History Ahead.”--San Angelo Standard-Times

(Glenn Dromgoole San Angelo Standard-Times 2010-05-20)

"Breaking with the traditional roadside guide, History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers brings together little-known sites and facts, as well as helpful maps to include the largest manmade oil tank, a WW II detention camp cemetery and the remains of Fort D.A. Russell. The stories of Charles Lindbergh, Will Rogers and the Big Bopper are a real treat."--True West

(True West Magazine 2010-07-13)

"Historical markers probably aren’t your idea of a riveting read, but authors Dan K. Utley and Cynthia J. Beeman manage to make them completely engrossing. . . gives an idiosyncratic look at the forgotten corners of Texas history. . . A goldmine for Texas history buffs."--The Austinist

(The Austinist 2010-08-13)

"History doesn't have to be a boring succession of dates or trends to remember. The way to learn history is to appreciate it as a collection of interesting stories. History is a book like History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers."--Austin American Statesman

(Mike Cox Austin American Statesman 2010-10-23)

About the Author

UTLEY, former chief historian of the Texas Historical Commission, has served as the president of the East Texas Historical Association and is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. A resident of Pflugerville, he now teaches at Texas State University-San Marcos. BEEMAN, of Austin, retired in 2007 as director of the Texas Historical Commission’s History Programs Division. She is a board member of the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History and current president of the East Texas Historical Association. Both Utley and Beeman serve on the Texas Oral History Association board.


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Full of great stories, details and interesting information.
K. W. Heydrick
Since there are so many of these markers, my hope is that there will be future volumes published by the author detailing more of them.
Ag52
This book is full of Interesting Texas history, great pictures, funny stories, travel ideas and conversation starters.
Charmagne Rogers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2011
Format: Flexibound
The best history books not only reveal the past so as to help us learn from it but also are fun to read. This book meets that mark. It is a "micro -history" in that it tells the smaller stories, tales that might otherwise go unknown. And some of the fun comes from the design: the material is entirely based on roadside historical markers in Texas. This means you can not only read about events but also plan your road trip to the specific marker site; this is cool!

Just because I refer to this as a micro -history does not mean the stories are insignificant. The story of Bessie Coleman, who in June of 1921 became "...the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license," or of Carl Morene, who was perhaps the least likely person to bring organized music instruction to Schulenburg High School in the 1930s and '40s, are inspirational, touching and meaningful.

Similarly, reading about Margo Jones -- perhaps my theatre friends know the name, but I'd never before heard of her -- was interesting, given that her work in the first half of the 20th century may have played a big role in my ability to see live theatre in a variety of venues today.

Nearly every chapter gives a similar example. This is a very enjoyable read.

But, not without flaw: editing in chapter 19 allowed reference to Margo Jones' 1942 encounter with Tennessee Williams to be described on page 272 and again on page 273 as though it hadn't previously been mentioned. This would be easy to correct in a following edition. [The page references are from my hard copy first edition, which I acquired at the Texas Book Festival, having had the good fortune to also hear the authors speak at one of the sessions.]

All in all this is a book worth owning -- most particularly, but not exclusively, for those living in Texas; it deserves a five-star rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ag52 on December 8, 2010
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It is very apparent the author did thorough research and is a very good writer. Anyone interested in Texas history should find this book facinating. If you ever wanted the complete story behind a Texas historical marker, this is the book for you. Since there are so many of these markers, my hope is that there will be future volumes published by the author detailing more of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Webster on February 28, 2014
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I like history and the less known history facts are always interesting to read about. Find out what you don't know and read the book!
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