Romancing the Panhandle: An Affair to Remember
Mariwyn McPherson Webb
Jacketed cloth; 192 pages; color illustrations throughout; index
Published by the Panhandle Tourism Marketing Council
A coffee-table photographic hardcover gift book for those who love the Texas Panhandle and the history it represents
Author Mariwyn Webb and her family have spent a lifetime loving the Texas Panhandle. The romance began in the early 1900s when her grandparents settled on the raw Donley County prairie and Granddad Bain continually talked about the beauty of “this country.” Her research included traveling the continuous ribbon of highway, visiting the people and all the museums in tall the cities, towns, and burgs. Her love for the land was enhanced, and the pictures and text capture an affair to remember.
The twenty-six counties in the to of Texas come alive on the pages and the reader is transported back thousands of years and then beamed back to the present with tales of ancient Indian cultures, wooly mammoths, Indian wars, early railroads, Colonel Goodnight, ranching, oil exploration, and today’s tourism.
The Panhandle was the last area in Texas to be civilized and settled, with the Red River War ending the Indian reign and giving way to settlers, windmills, and barbed wire. Travel through the pages along famed Route 66 and become a part of Panhandle history. Pre-Columbian people once lived and worked in the area and explorer Coronado camped in the canyon in the 1500s, searching for the elusive cities of gold.
Experience the splendors of Palo Duro Canyon, and the immense XIT Ranch. History becomes real as you travel through pioneer hardships: prairie fires, grasshoppers, dust storms, blizzards, and cyclones and end up in today’s thriving, scenic metroplex of Randall and Potter Counties.
Area photographers, both professionals and hobbyists, provided more than three hundred spectacular photos for the book.