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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 existence -eighty-six Texas ghost cities for the reader's excitement. Baker lists 3 standards for inclusion: tangible continues to be, public entry, and statewide assurance. In every one case Baker reviews in regards to the town's founding, its former importance, and the explanations for its decline. There are maps and directions for achieving each one web site and diverse photos displaying the prior and current prestige of every. The modern photographs have been taken, in such a lot circumstances, by way of 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 by way of necessity. He evidently had a good time within the procedure and it exhibits in his prose."---New Mexico historic assessment
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The nearby fort, rebuilt half a century ago, contains a museum and presents to the public not only its own history but also that of the town. 0 miles south of Newcastle in Young County. The fort and surrounding park are on the west side of the road, while the civilian cemetery, with the marked grave of Robert S. 3 mile east from the highway over two cattleguards and through an arched cemetery gate. Belle Plain Mesquite clogs former streets once filled with horses and carriages, while cattle browse in the mined basement of a college building that once rang with music at Belle Plain, one of the most promising towns in West Texas during the 1870s.
The post office had been established on 14 August 1856 under the name of Fort Belknap, and it operated until 5 November 1866. Belknap was the nearest large white settlement to the Brazos River Indian Reservation about fifteen miles to the southeast. 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.
Freeman raised a company for the Confederate Army at Bryant Station. Each man provided his own horse, gun, and equipment. The men were mustered into service at Hempstead as Company D of Colonel D. C. Gidding's regiment, serving until the end of the conflict. Afterward many of the men returned to their former homes in the area. Photograph by the author, 1984. began a decline which by the turn of the century was nearly complete, even though a school continued to operate at Bryant Station into this century.
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