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Books About Andrews County Texas 

What's Your Favorite Book or article about an Andrews County Person, Place or Event? Here's some of ours about Andrews, KcKinney Acres, Coyote Corner, Fasken and Old Place Windmills


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Madam MillieMadam Millie: Bordellos from Silver City to Ketchikan

" Millie heard back in Wink that the very next day Tad was sent to Andrews, Texas, where an elderly sheriff had shot one of the favorite local sons in an unavoidable dispute. Crowds were gathering in little bunches, and there was talk of a lynching " . . . Read more Look inside

Sandhills BoySandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

by Elmer Kelton

"I discovered America on April 29 , 1926 , at Horse Camp on the Five Wells Ranch a few miles east of Andrews, Texas . My mother recalled that it was a wet, stormy day , which seems ironic. I have spent my life in rain-shy West Texas, where most days we search in vain for a promising rain cloud. My uncle Ben Kelton, still in his teens, hurried to town to fetch the doctor ..." Read more Look inside

Nate of AmericaNate of America: Thirty-Seven Ridiculous Columns

A collection of weekly columns that have appeared in the Andrews County News. The author is a teacher and former coach with multiple disabilities and a twisted sense of humor. You should buy him a burrito . . . Look inside

Life in the Saddle

Englishman Frank Collinson went to Texas in 1872, when he was seventeen, to work on Will Noonan’s ranch near Castroville. He lived the rest of his life in the southwestern United States, and at the age of seventy-nine began writing about the Old West he knew and loved.

"The panthers and the old wells were all that we found on our trip to the lost lake. Today all of that land is in Andrews County, Texas, and the Shafter Lake area is a rich oil field . . ." Read more Look inside

ONCE UPON A LIFE: A Life's Tales, Stories, Views And Friends

A life, every life, has a story to tell, a real actual story. Subject and theme are the only variables in that life and the story it tells. In that understanding of reality, one does not have to invent. It really happened.  "The new rig was driven to Andrews, Texas by one of their drillers. Andrews is in far West Texas approximately thirty miles north of Odessa. The rig was to join their ongoing drilling operation near Andrews. I had driven out in a rented ..." Read more Look inside

The Rounders

The bawdy and moving story of two contemporary bronco busters. Acclaimed for its realistic depiction of modern cowboying and for its humor, it is also a very serious work, described by the author as a tragicomedy. "Three months from my being twelve years old, my parents decided to leave the depression-and-destroyed town of Humble City and move to Andrews, just across the the New Mexico border in West Texas ". . . Read more Look inside

The Road to Disunion, Volume I: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854

"In these new circumstances, believed Andrews, Texas, by emancipating slaves, could entice enterprising whites.” This speculation about harnessing enterprise to emancipation came naturally to a seeker torn between Christ and capitalism..." Read more Look inside

 Get Your Foot Out of the Durn Petunias: Stories from My Life

by Marj Carpenter

"I remember one time when I was working for the newspaper in Andrews, Texas, there were some Andrews men killed in a private plane crash in Rockdale, Texas. I was assigned to fly down there with a private pilot and get pictures on the scene" . . . Read more

Andrews County History

The entire story of Andrews County, Texas from 1876 to 1978. Learn about Colonel Shafter's expedition in the region, an abandoned railroad from Midland, ranch and farm life in the desert, the discovery of oil, and major events that have shaped Andrews' history.

Drifting Sands

by Waymon F. Hughen

Details the ancestral lineage of Waymon Hughen back to 1772 with the arrival of his direct ancestor from Larne, Ireland and his memoirs of being raised in the sand hills and cactus of west Texas and how his band of Hughen's took 171 years to reach Andrews, Texas, where he was raised . . . Read more Look Inside

The Christmas Cross

by Max Lucado

A story about finding your way home for the holidays, told in the context of one man's journey in a small Texas town. Unique interactive elements inside this book-including envelopes with pullout letters and surprises-makes this a one-of-a-kind Christmas treasure . . . Read more Look inside . . . for more like this please see Christmas in Texas

Texas South Plains War Stories: Interviews with Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan

William Bridge wrote "I opened up my own repair shop in Seminole, Texas and was there about 7 years when a man named Bill Gordon from Andrews Texas stopped by my shop and said he was going to start up 13 vocational programs at Andrews High School and he wanted me to teach auto mechanics.. Mr. Gordon budgeted $34,000 so I could set up my own vocational classes. I used the money to set up a shop and to buy tools and equipment. I taught there for 21 years... Read More Look inside

Spirits of the Border V: The History and Mystery of the Lone Star State

"Just north of Andrews, Texas, west of Highway 385, is the original location of the county seat of Andrews County, Shafter. The town was almost wiped out by a smallpox epidemic around the turn of the last century. The cemetery where the victims were buried was located on the near edge of the small lake. There is a legend that a "lady in white" haunted the graveyard. Sometime during the fall of the year, you may also see a troop of Confederate soldiers and their horses galloping across the lake ... Andrews Middle School: There are a number who say that when you go to Andrews Middle School after dark you can park your car at an angle with your headlights illuminating the front of the school and ... Read more

See Also: Mysterious Texas

Far From Texas

by Eric Gober

"He sighed. He had to let Dillon go. His friend was destined for something greater than living in a trailer with him in Andrews, Texas. But as he massaged his aching rectus femoris, he knew no one here could ..." Read more Look inside

The Texas Miracle

I mean, you wouldn't just want to say, “Well, I wonder if there's one up in Andrews, Texas.” You know where they are, if you drive around. Let's bear this down. If you're living in West, Texas, you know that there is some facility there and you have the right to ask people in West Texas ... Read more Look inside

Praise the Lord!: Discovering the Missing Link

From his early years in the cotton patches of West Texas to a battleship in the Pacific Theatre, Leland Hamilton's lucid storytelling offers amazing insight into these seminal moments in the nations history. Praise the Lord! is Leland Hamilton’s first book. At ninety years old, Hamilton continues to be an active member of his church, participates in Kairos Prison Ministry, and is the “official number-one fan” of the Andrews High School Mustangs. In 2015, he and his wife, Joyce, were named the recipients of the Pioneer Award, the highest honor given to citizens of Andrews, Texas. . . . Read more Look inside . . . for more like this please see Texas Church History

The Irish Singer, The Untold Story of the West's Most Celebrated Outlaw

by Chuck Pinnell from Andrews Texas

"His name is Henry McCarty. One day the lad will be christened Billy the Kid and achieve world fame. But in 1875 he is just an obscure orphaned runaway traveling the Southwestern frontier. Enthralled with Hispanic culture and immersed in the twin arts of gambling and gunplay, Henry McCarty comes of age in boomtowns and barrios, in the wilds of the Chihuahua desert and the rugged high country of pine clad mountains ... Read more Look inside

Crude Death

America in 1968 seemed to be falling apart. From the unpopular Vietnam War to the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the social upheaval was energizing the countercultures anti-establishment movement. Yet while people in Andrews, Texas, knew of the problems, their daily lives were largely absent of protesters, hippies and debate over the war. The blue-collared oilfield town tended to family, jobs, and church although for kids at Andrews High School it was all about dragging Main Street . . . Read more Look inside

Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years

"Ol' Max Evans is a rollicking tale of a powerful, if unconventional, literary figure. From his childhood in West Texas to his adolescence as a cowboy in northeastern New Mexico, from D-Day in World War II to the wild world of Hollywood, Found inside: "Now, because Max had skipped two grades in the elementary school back in Humble City, he found himself entering high school just a week after his twelfth birthday.  Right off the bat, Max had two things figured out about high school life in Andrews; football and J. Lee Smith . . . " Read more

The Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation

A city dweller’s vacant lot . . . A rancher's back forty . . . A hiker's favorite park . . . When the places that we love are threatened, we can be stirred to action. In Texas, people of all stripes and backgrounds have fought hard to safeguard the places they hold dear. "We drove out to an area near Andrews, Texas where we hadn't been because we wanted to look at a certain formation that was out there. We happened to hear the sandhill cranes, looked up, and there was a whooping crane with them..." Read more Look inside

Gun Shy: a Ben Rehder Novel

Found Inside:

"Try to become a star? Girls from Andrews, Texas, didn't do things like that. Girls from Andrews became waitresses or bank tellers or grocery clerks, and they married quiet, hardworking men who sometimes lost a finger or a toe out in the oilfield" . . . Read more Look inside

Pieces Of Me: A Collection of Poems

Billy G. Ryan was born in Andrews, Texas lived and raised in Seminole, Texas. He lives with his family in Lubbock, Texas. A love of books and films has inspired him to write his own stories and poems to share with everyone around the world. Pieces of Me is a collection of poems is the debut title of the American-born writer, Billy Ryan, and is a collection of poems dealing with loss, love, pain, happiness, depression and abandonment . . . Read more Look inside

Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History

While the merits of the DOE high-level disposal site at Yucca Mountain were still being debated, Andrews, Texas, became the primary destination for radioactive waste for the entire nuclear power industry ... Read more Look inside

Andrews (Images of America)

Before the creation of the county in 1876 by the Texas legislature, the area had been largely ignored by state officials and avoided by ranchers and settlers because of its remoteness, scarcity of water, and attacks by local Native Americans. That all changed in 1875 after an expedition by U.S. cavalry troops led by Col. William R. Shafter opened the region up to settlers . . . Read more and Look inside

Lincoln School: Andrews, Texas 1950 - 1961

Lincoln School served black students in the community of Andrews, Texas. It was opened in 1950 until desegregation led to the school's closure in 1961. This book looks into the history of the school along with the faculty and students in attendance . . . for more like this please see Black Texans in History

From Andrews County to Eternity

Charlie McReynolds traveled to Cuba for over 30 years taking Bibles, computers, books, shoes, and things that some people needed. He also traveled to England, Poland, and India as well as many other places. He was the Mayor of Forney, Tx for four years, drove a school bus for 10 years, and other fun jobs. He claims to be a Jack of all trades and a master of Some... Read more Look inside

The Last of The Old-Time Cowboys

Within the pages of this book these genuine legends who rode through a golden moment in American history live on. Found inside: "One hundred fifty miles southwest near Andrews, evidently the same storm caught seventeen-year-old Shorty Northcutt unawares. Trailing three bulls ten or twelve miles across the exposed plains en route to Sand Ranch, he was engulfed by a norther  . . . Read more

Cow Chips in the CookstoveCow Chips in the Cook Stove:

Tales from the Good Old Days in the Lower Texas Panhandle

Stories from the Texas plains and a peak over the shoulder of real cowboys and their struggles.

How to Survive the Stabbing Weasels and Other True Stories

by Nathan Waldrip

How to Survive the Stabbing Weasels is a collection of hilarious and inspirational stories of dealing with and overcoming adversity. While in college, the author was diagnosed with a neurological condition and multiple brain tumors that left him deaf. He finished college to become a teacher and coach . . . Look inside

The Worst Hard Time:

The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Andrews County History 1876 - 1978

by Andrews County Heritage Committee

Andrews County, Texas History - Hundreds of Photographs - 488 Pages

The New America: A Collection

"The trip began by meeting relatives in Andrews, Texas and then all together driving overnight to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the ski trip. The adults were warm in the front of my dad's grey truck while the children were freezing in the back of a camper that was strapped over the back of the truck's bed"  . . . Read more Look inside

The Great House of God

by Max Lucado

 I attended church with the son of the mayor. In Andrews, Texas, that's not much to boast about. Nevertheless the kid had clout that most of us didn't. “My father has an office at the courthouse", he could clam . . . Read more Look inside . . . for more like this please see Texas Church History

Lone Star Noir (Akashic Noir)

If everything is bigger in Texas, then that includes the boldness of the criminals who call the state home.  Think of the book as a sort of criminal travelogue of Texas. In Lone Star Noir, you’ll find stories by James Crumley, Joe R. Lansdale, Claudia Smith, Ito Romo, Luis Alberto Urrea, David Corbett, George Wier (Duckweed: Littlefield Texas) , Sarah Cortez, Jesse Sublett, Dean James, Tim Tingle, Milton T. Burton, Lisa Sandlin, Jessica Powers (Preacher's Kid: Andrews Texas), and Bobby Byrd.  . . . Read more Look Inside

Books by Authors from Andrews County
Elmer Kelton


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Max Lucado


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Andrews County Treasures

Historical and Nostalgic Treasures from Andrews Texas. Rare books, memorabilia, and photos from Andrews, McKinney Acres, Coyote Corner, Fasken and Old Place Windmills Texas.

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