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Books and Articles About Ector County Texas

Favorite Books, Authors and Articles about Ector County People, Places and Events. Here's our list of books and articles about people and places in Odessa, No Trees, Goldsmith, Gardendale and West Odessa.

Books about Ector County Texas

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Things Unimportant, but remembered

"She and my stepson, Alex were visiting with her son there in Cuidad Acuna, Mexico where he has a small jewelry store. Me not speaking Spanish was standing out front of the place of business. the place of business. I noticed a clean cut young Mexican fellow walk by and he stopped a few store fronts up, turned and came back and extended his hand and said, “I am George Garza from Odessa, Texas.” I told him that was a coincident for I was raised in Odessa. He told me he graduated from Odessa High School. I told him that was another coincident for I had graduated " . . . Read more

Washed in the Blood

Washed in the Blood is a page-turning read about the early 1960s in Odessa, Texas--during its rowdy oil boom days when violence often rode the range.  It is at once an examination of local mores and foibles, piety and hypocrisy and an inside-look at the famed ‘Kiss and Kill’ murder of a 17-year old would-be actress, Betty Jean Williams, whose ghost is said to haunt the Odessa High School campus to this very day.  And it is a courtroom saga starring the late trial super-lawyer, Warren Burnett . . .  Read more Look inside

Friday Night Lights, 25th Anniversary Edition: A Town, a Team, and a Dream

Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams, but every Friday night from September to December, when the Panthers play football, dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize winner H. G. Bissinger unforgettably captures a season in the life of Odessa and shows . . . Read more Look inside

Murder In Odessa

In the oil town of Odessa, Texas, Calhoun T. Banks just wants to mind his own business and drill for black gold. But after a night out at Mickey's bar, he discovers a dead body in the bed of his pickup truck. . . and himself being framed for murder! On the run with the entire police force of Odessa and Midland searching for him . . . Read more

Not far from Dryden: A Collection of Columns

Charlena Chandler has received positive feedback since her first opinion column appeared almost 20 years ago. Her topics range far and wide. Ranch life provides a background for subjects such as growing up on the Pecos River, of eating goat meat in Peru, of hanging clothes on the line to dry, and of remembering her grandmother's macaroni and cheese ... Today she writes regularly for the Odessa American in Odessa, Texas, with a circulation that covers the vast Trans-Pecos area of the Chihuhuan Desert . . . Read more

Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier, Revisited

by Patrick Dearen

Found Inside: The lost mine of Will Sublett, who found gold and kept its location secret unto death.

"Will doubtless spent time twenty miles east of Odessa at Midland, a sister ranching community. There not only did Charles Dixon claim to have heard Will state that he learned the gold's location from an Apache, but folklore dictates that some of the town's leading citizens once plotted to steal the mine from him. As recounted by master storyteller J. Fank Dobie, the conspirators were pioneer banker W. E. Connell, rancher George Gray, livery stable operator Lee Driver, and horseman Jim Flannigan" . . . Read more Look inside

Oil Field Child

"The boomtown lifestyle of which Mrs. Stowe tells is long gone. She realized by the late 1930s, when she was a young woman living and working in Odessa, that this unique experience had already passed into history. for the most part it is unlamented, for it was undeniably hard. But it had compensations which shine forth in this book, chief of them a strong sense of fellowship and generosity among those people who endured it together . . ."  Look inside

Hayden Fry: A High Porch Picnic

A "high porch picnic" is a Texas expression for "an exceptionally good time" During Hayden Fry's glorious career as one of college football's most unique coaches, that's a good way to describe his life. Ranked 10th on the all-time collegiate list for Division 1 victories, Fry successfully combined his football coaching savvy with a down-home charm to make him one of the game's most colorful personalities. Hayden Fry tells of his childhood days in Odessa . . . Read more

Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers: Thirty-three Years in the Oil Fields

Oil, the black gold of Texas, has given rise to many a myth. Oil could turn a man overnight into a millionaire—and did, for some.

"Our rig moved into the Andector field just northeast of Goldsmith, Texas, on a Phillips Petroleum Company location. It was only 25 miles from Odessa, and the road was paved, a real luxury ride after Big Lake's dusty dirt roads. I got some good . . . " Read more Look inside

The True Story of the Sharpest Ever-: Michael Eugene Sharp

The true story of the investigation and capture of a serial killer in a small West Texas town, including details of the killer's arrest and execution. "Mike Evans becomes burned out with law enforcement in the big city. He transfers to a small oil dependent community, where law-abiding citizens dominate the town. The biggest crimes in No Trees range from an occasional DWI to shoplifting" . . . Look inside

Drug Lord: The Life & Death of a Mexican Kingpin-A True Story

"It sounded so easy! It was just a matter of bringing a stash back to Odessa after a week-end visit to relatives in Ojiinaga. One day Pablo drove down to Ojiinaga with the intention of smuggling drugs back into the United States. He had never smuggled anything before. It was May 28, 1968. While Pablo was being readied in Ojiinaga with the heroin . . .. . . " Read more Look inside

Blood and Money: The Classic True Story of Murder, Passion, and Power

New York Times Bestseller: The “gripping” true story of a beautiful Texas socialite, her ambitious husband, and a string of mysterious deaths.

Found Inside: "For a time Marcia worked the "spots" in West Texas, staying a day or so in San Angelo, moving on to Lubbock or Odessa. Then she telephoned home and her mother had disturbing news. The Texas Ranger had come looking for her, and the Houston homicide detectives had called to warn that Marcia was in danger of being killed by "characters" unless she contacted them ... "  Read more Look inside

The Secret of Mojo: The Story of the Odessa, Texas, Permian High School Football Team

An insightful documentary of how the Permian High School team of Odessa developed into perennial state champions in the super-competitive state of Texas.
"The Secret of Mojo" lays bare Permian's secrets in becoming the winningest 5A-football program in the Modern Era of Texas High School Football, garnering national recognition in the process . . . Read more

The Last of The Old-Time Cowboys

Working cowboys live on as genuine legends who rode through a golden moment in American history. In the 1980s historian/ author Patrick Dearen went looking for the last of these fading icons.

Found Inside: William Earnest Broughton was born May 21, 1901 in Mitchell County, where his father ranched. He took up cowboying as a youngster on his father's ten-section spread near Gomez in Terry County. By age sixteen he ... Finally pulling off his leggings, he pinned on a badge in 1948 and served eight years as Ector County sheriff . . .  Read more

Voices from the Heartland: Volume II

Found inside: I had left my most recent abusive relationship a year before, one that broke me mentally and physically. After staying nine months with my mother and her third husband, I found a job and moved us out on our own. my son and I lived in the projects in Odessa, Texas, because that's all I could afford on my minimum-wage part-time job. . . .Read more Look inside

The Odessa Assignment

Welcome back to the continuing adventures of OSI agent Jerry Doty. In this adventure he investigates the Texas Mafia and drug Cartel in his Uncle's hometown of Odessa Texas. Who can he trust this time? He has lost his long trusted partner in his last assignment. Now with a new young partner will she have his back or get him or both of them killed. Which of the locals can he trust? . . . Read more Look inside

A West Texas Soapbox

by Jim Sanderson

Whether sprawled on barstools or preaching from pulpits, people need to make sense of their world, and in Jim Sanderson’s world of West Texas, pulpits and barstools are where many of them do so. Sanderson himself stood for many years at a podium, teaching at a community college in Odessa, Texas. There, tired of academic papers and sometimes losing the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, he turned to the world around him to figure out the meaning . . .  Read more Look inside

Bits of Practical Wisdom

My dad and mom moved from a Hockley County, Texas farm to Odessa, Texas and we set up central station for alarms in their home on North Muskingum Street there. We arranged with telephone answering services to monitor some system . . . Read more Look inside

Just the Way You Are

by Trent Jones

"How could I not want to love a woman who looked like, and acted like, played like, and had the same attitude like me, was just as sensitive and loved hard, just like all the women who raised me? Doris Faye, Linda Gail, Lulu, Jackie Von and Charlotte are my aunts from Odessa, Texas. Mama Rebecca my great Grandmother, Myrtle Jones my Grandmother, and Carolyn my Mother, were the first Women to nurture me, scold . . . " Read more Look inside

Odessa (Texas Fridays)

"High school football and mystery overlap as private detective Pete Hamilton is called upon to investigate the disappearance of a student at Permian High School. As Pete digs into the case, he delves deeper into Odessa's underbelly, eventually unearthing connections to the highest levels of Odessa's establishment--both in and out of football. . . . Read more Look inside

The Great Plains during World War II

Emphasizing the region’s social and economic history, The Great Plains during World War II is the first book to examine the effects of the war on the region and the responses of its residents.

"As early as May 1940 law enforcement near Odessa, Texas, had to rescue more than fifty members of the Jehovah's witnesses from a ranch house where they they had fled from an angry mob because they " . . . Read more Look inside

Texas Cemeteries:

The Resting Places of Famous, Infamous, and Just Plain Interesting Texans

Winner, Journalistic Achievement Award, Texas Historical Foundation, 2004

" Alfred M. Wilson was a 1967 graduate of Odessa High School in Odessa and entered the military service in Abilene, Texas Private First Class Wilson was assigned to the Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in Quang TriProvince, Vietnam, on March 3, 1969 . . ."  Read more Look inside

Texas Far and Wide: The Tornado with Eyes, Gettysburg’s Last Casualty, the Celestial Skipping Stone and Other Tales

Found Inside: "In 1892, Julius D. Henderson, the twelve-year-old son of Ector County rancher John J. Henderson, took his horse out to find a lost calf on their property. he located the young bovine wander grazing in an odd, oblong shaped drop-off in the terrain. He noted the landscape deviation and drove the calf home. In 1920, Elisha Virgil Graham--whose father was also a rancher and whose family had settled in the area after their wagon oxen were killed by a freight  train discovered a peculiar, lava-like rock near the center of the oblong-shaped declension . . ." Read more Look inside

Take Two Aspirins, But Don't Call Me in the Morning

In response to the stifling socialism of the Canadian health care system and the intolerably long Canadian winters, Dr. Mel Genraich made a life-altering decision: leave Toronto for good, and seek his fortune in Texas. "I've been fortunate (and conniving) enough to have lived in some great homes in such great cities as Toronto, Houston, Lubbock, Oklahoma City, Odessa, Monahans, Levelland, and now back in Lubbock TX. In Amarillo, Texas, I lived in an exclusive country club community right up to and after, my second divorce . . . Read more, Look inside

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


According to this book of haunted places in Texas, Odessa is home to 3 mysterious and haunted places . . .  Check it out

Spirits of the Border: School Spirits

In this newest installment of this award winning series, the authors look at what they like to call School Spirits! Find Haunted Texas schools in Alpine. . . Levelland, Lindale, Littlefield, Lubbock, Luther, Mcallen, Mesquite, Mission, Monahans, Moody, Nacogdoches, Odessa, Pasadena, Pearsall, Plainview, Rio Hondo, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Benito, San Juan, San Marcos, Santa Ana, Sealy, Seguin, Shafter, Sweetwater, Tyler, Uvalde, Waco, Weslaco, White Oak, and Zapata, Texas . . . Read more

Folklore in Motion: Texas Travel Lore

The adventurous spirit of Texans has led to much travel lore, from stories of how ancestors first came to the state to reflections of how technology has affected the customs, language, and stories of life on the go. "Our confirmation, postmarked “No Trees, Texas,” came about ten days later, saying that we could meet them in Tahoka. Upon arriving, we quickly found there were basic rules for all participants, including taking care of the campsites, and . . . " Read more Look inside

Dead Men's Clubs: A Story of Golf, Death, and Redemption

”Well, I guess any guy who's been to No Trees, Texas can't be all that bad,” she teased. ”Great! Are you home tomorrow, or working?” ”I have three days before I fly again,” she said, writing her telephone number on Munch's card and handing it ... Read more Look inside

Tejano West Texas

Featuring a side of Tejano history too often neglected, author Arnoldo De León shows that people of Spanish-Mexican descent were not passive players in or, worse, absent from West Texas history but instead were active agents at the center of it . . . Read more Look inside

Valentine: A Novel

"It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow. In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law  . . . Read more Look inside

Odessa: An Illustrated History
Odessa - A Pictorial History [Odessa, Texas]

“A Pictorial History – Odessa” is divided into three sections: Around the Town, Friends & Family, and Schools & Sports. The photographs in each section are displayed in chronological order so that the progression of this Texas city and its people can be felt as the images from the past are viewed . . .

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