Our roundup was the hardest of all work we had to do, but the most interesting, at least it was to most of us, because we then had roping and bul-dogging to do.One of the more than 400 Texans interviewed in American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940, early settler Mrs. Emma Falconer, described the state’s natural beauty:
“Dave Hoffman,” Fort Worth, Texas, Sheldon F. Gauthier, interviewer, circa 1936-40. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940
…let me tell you my impression when I came to Texas and saw the sunrise, the Texas Bluebonnets and the wild flowers, the Indian head, the “Yellow Rose of Texas”, the wild verbena, and all the many beautiful Texas flowers. The traveller may be oblivious to the wonders of his own land and feel that distance lends enchantment, he may grow rapturous over other sunny clines, but if there is a sunnier or more beautiful country than Texas, I have not seen it.
“Mrs. Emma Falconer,” Marlin, Texas, Miss Effie Cowan, interviewer, circa 1936-1940. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940
- Read other Texans’ stories. Search on bluebonnets, rangers, cowboys, Indians, or Texas in American Life Histories, 1936-1940.
- The work of commercial photographer Robert Runyon (1881-1969) comprises the collection The South Texas Border, 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection External. This collection, with more than 8,000 items, documents the history and development of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and includes images of the Mexican Revolution and the U.S. military presence along the border prior to and during World War I.
- For more images, search the collections of Photos & Prints on Texas. The following collections are particularly rich in material concerning Texas.
- Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955
- The South Texas Border, 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection External
- Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
- Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
- History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library External
- Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933
- Search on Texas in the Today in History archive to learn more about the events in Texas history such as the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, and the hurricane that decimated Galveston Island on September 8, 1900.
- Browse Railroad Maps, 1828-1900 by geographic location, selecting the state of Texas or, under Regions, the southwest, to see images illustrating the growth of travel, settlement, industry and agriculture in the state. See Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929 for bird’s-eye-view maps of Texas towns at the turn of the twentieth century.