The Birth of a Texas Ghost Town

The Birth of a Texas Ghost Town : Thurber, 1886-1933

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In its heyday, Thurber was home to coal miners and brick plant workers from Italy, Poland, and as many as fourteen other European nations, not to mention the many Mexican immigrants who came to the area. In this, her master's thesis, Mary Jane Gentry, who started the first grade in Thurber and graduated as valedictorian of its high school in 1930, records first-hand memories of the town's vibrant charm.Now edited and with an introduction by T. Lindsay Baker, Gentry's lively history of the rise and decline of a Texas coal town provides a unique window into a bygone era. Her narrative of rancorous labor disputes, corporate machinations, and the eventual shuttering of the plants and virtual disappearance of the once-thriving town will allow Thurber to live again, if only in the minds of her readers.show more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 154.94 x 241.3 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 16 b&w photos, 2 tables, bib., index
  • 1585446297
  • 9781585446292

About Mary Jane Gentry

MARY JANE GENTRY died in 1996, after a long and distinguished teaching career in Texas in Thurber, Springer Gap, San Angelo, Austin, and Odessa, where she retired from a tenured teaching position at Odessa College. T. LINDSAY BAKER directs Tarleton State University's W. K. Gordon Center for the Industrial History of Texas, located at the former town site of Thurber, and holds the W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair in History at the university. He lives in Rio Vista, Texas.show more

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