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Books About Maverick County Texas People and Places
What's Your Favorite Book about a Maverick County Texas Person, Place or Event? Here are some of our favorites about Eagle Pass, Chula Vista, Eidson Road, El Indio and Fabrica.

 

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The Mystery of Lawlessness

"It is Friday, August 1, 2008 at 3:37 P.M. when Eagle Pass defense Attorney Joe González walks into a  San Antonio courtroom courtroom and finds District Judge Galaviz lying on the floor, surrounded by his bailiff, attorneys, and  others. Judge Galaviz is dead of a massive heart attack. When Kevin Helms, the head of a prestigious law firm, calls Gonzalez into his office the next day, he reveals that a large briefcase filled with fifty bundles of five thousand dollars each had been left in Judge Galaviz's chambers a few days before his death in a botched attempt to bribe him...." Read more Look inside

Broken Borders, Broken Promises

"A July 1997 headline in the New York Times read 'The Drug Lords of Maverick County"" The article details the enormous increase in drug trafficking in this rural area. It cites, US and local law enforcement agencies are aware that the ranchers in once-tranquil Maverick County, Texas are under siege. Tony Castaneda, chief of the Eagle Pass Police, says, 'I'm uneasy myself, and I'm trained for this. They're hauling drugs just down from my house. I even carry a .38 to mow my lawn, but those guys are carrying assault rifles ..." Read more Look inside

Death Rides a Chestnut Mare

"There's Del Rio and Eagle Pass, about a day's ride between them. You probably won't learn much at Del Rio, but King Fisher has a ranch near Eagle Pass. It's common knowledge that King rides across the border, rounds up wild horses, and drives them into Texas, but you would be wise not to mention that. He might be willing to identify some of the men you're looking for if he understands your reason. But he's almighty swift with a pistol, and he don't like company. Are you familiar with him?..." Read more or Listen

Rawhide Ranger, Ira Aten: Enforcing Law on the Texas Frontier

"Arriving in the border country the Rangers brought themselves up to speed with the facts--meager as they were. Quickly they learned that on the river seven miles from Eagle Pass, Jacob Meyer had fished a snagged body from the current on February 27, 1889. It was a female, well past middle-age, and she had been not too effectively weighted with a large stone tied to her waist. She was not a local lady, none were missing. And, no one could identify the dead body as anyone they knew in the area. The next day the body of another female was found, a twisted apron around her neck, and a heavy rock dangling at the end of a rope tied around her waist ..." Read more Look inside

The Chronicles of Tap

"The Chronicles of Tap is a true story of the life of a cowboy, Tap Duncan, born in the heart of Texas in 1869. The story tells of certain struggles in his life that marked him to be the great man he became. Much of this story is from old journals found in the attic of a house the author purchased in 1981. This amazing story tells of Tap Duncan;s brother being hanged in Eagle Pass, Texas in 1891 accused of a murder he didn't commit. Tap and his brothers quietly investigate and then "Take Care" of the real murderers ..." Read more Look inside

The Thistle and the Rose: Romance, Railroads, and Big Oil in Revolutionary Mexico

Like Mexico itself, the McNab family story tells of a rich mix of cultures—French, Scottish, Zapotec. The Thistle and the Rose captures that complexity, providing a unique lens through which to view a magnificent, complicated country during critical years of change. "...and the large and well-respected Thomson Ranch near Eagle Pass suited him perfectly. Just of college, he started as a ranch hand, despite his parents' reservations about the rough and tumble world of southwest Texas..." Read more Look inside

Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940

Drawing on her expertise as a bankruptcy lawyer, historian Alicia M. Dewey tells the story of how a diverse group of entrepreneurs, including Anglo-Americans, ethnic Mexicans, and European and Middle Eastern immigrants, created and navigated changing business opportunities along the Texas-Mexico border between 1880 and 1940. "Michael Riskind owned the major department store in Eagle Pass for many years. Born in Russia, he moved with his family to Chicago as a child. He left Chicago as a young man in his twenties ''' Read more Look inside

Tejano South Texas: A Mexican American Cultural Province

"Because the land for the plaza was never formally deeded to the city, there were several attmpts to convert the space to other uses. When the Eagle Pass School Board expressed an interest in building a high school on Plaza San Juan around 1910, a local judge advised against it, claiming that was held in trust for the people of Eagle Pass as a plaza ..." Read more Look inside

A Texas Ranger: Adventures of Leander H. Mcnelly's Texas Ranger Company in the Wild Horse Desert

"In the following story of those years of my life which were passed on the broad tablelands of western Texas, I have endeavored to set down, plainly and truthfully, events as they actually occurred. We reached Eagle Pass at daylight and made camp in the wagon yard of the little hotel. While we were eating our breakfast, two guests of the hotel came out and began talking to us. One of them seemed especially curious to learn our..." Read more Look inside

Unbridled Hope

Life is a dream come true for Callie Roberts––until her worst nightmare ruins the fairy tale. A steamboat boiler explosion kills her parents, her older brother, and her beloved fiancé. It also deafens her younger brother and leaves Callie with a scar from cheek to chin, a haunting reminder of the tragedy for which she was partly responsible. To put the past behind her, she settles in Eagle Pass, Texas, and launches a business that takes off... Read more

Tenacity: An Immigrant’s Stories of Leadership, Navigation, and Adaptability in Realizing The American Dream

"José Rolando Villarreal, J.D., was born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. At the age of eight, he immigrated to the USA in 1953, with his parents and three sisters to the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas.This is the story about the life experiences of the author. It is an American immigration story that reflects the life stories of many immigrants who came, and continue to come from all parts of the world, to the United States of America seeking to realize the American Dream ..." Read more Look inside

The Leech's Kiss

David Hume spent  his early years in Eagle Pass Texas. "Soaring global economies created thousands of new millionaires, but this explosion of wealth attracted more than fame; the extortionist leech slithered closely behind. These parasites were tech savvy and adept at tracking their prey through the social media. Their target’s behaviors were studied, vulnerabilities identified, evidence was fabricated, and the attack began. The primitive shakedown had evolved into a profitable cottage industry managed by lawyers whose ethics fit neatly in a flea’s navel..." Read more Look inside

Warriors Of The Rio Grande; The History of Maverick County in WWII

"During our research for this book, we discovered that many veterans never talked about their experiences in the war when they were younger. Not only did WWII have a lasting effect on the soldier, but it affected the community as a whole . . . every community in the United States was affected, but this is about our community in South Texas. As a member of the "Baby Boomer" generation of Eagle Pass, I grew up knowing many of the veterans mentioned in this book ..." Read more

Eagle Pass: Adventure on the Borderlands

"He awakened. He couldn’t move.The bright sun streamed through a window just above his head, blinding his eyes. A terrible pain in his leg caused him to wince and groan.
Where was he? What was happening to him? The sounds of feet shuffling and two people talking in Spanish could be heard. He tried to lift his head, but the pain forced it back down against the pillow ..." Read more Look inside

Crescent City Blues: A Contemporary Western Novel

"Texas Ranger Concho Ten-Wolves grew up on the Kickapoo reservation just outside Eagle Pass, Texas, on the Rio Grande border between Mexico and the United States. His mother was full-blooded Kickapoo, his father was black – they disappeared before he was a year old ..." Read more Look inside

Son of a Dress Maker: Life and Struggle of a Foreign Medical Graduate in USA

by Dr Carlos Cruz Soriano M. D.

"The cases I got from the ER were something else. We were right on the border of Mexico, with the Rio Grand river separating it from the United States. When you crossed the bridge you were in a different country. Most residents in Eagle Pass when their for dental work and to buy medications ..." Read more Look inside

Pass Me the Lip Gloss: Surviving the challenge with fashion

At an early age, and for as long as she can remember, author Rosina Ramón from Eagle Pass Texas has had an obsession with fashion and beauty. For more than thirty years, fashion has been Ramón's sole profession, representing models, coordinating fashion shows, styling photo shoots, and consulting on trends and image.  In this memoir, Ramón chronicles the journey of her Challenge sprinkling in stories of her childhood, telling how she faces life with a positive attitude and spicing it with a touch of lip gloss . . . Read more Look Inside

On Both Sides of the River

"Joe Gonzalez had lived all his life in Eagle Pass and had great respect for Mark Balbuena's family. He was Balbuenas' trusted attorney. He was particularly fond of Mark's venerable grandfather, Don Onesimo Balbuena. What a shame, Mark Balbuena was not the son that Canuto Balbuena deserved and certainly the erratic young man did not represent the values and work ethic of Don Onesimo. Gonzalez had lived through it all. Mark's reputation had suddenly changed from a mere consumer of marijuana and an occasional snort of cocaine, to a drug dealer who had mysteriously and meteorically transformed himself into a major force in the border drug-trafficking scene ..." Read more

The Salt Block: Heartwarming Stories from a Cowboy-Pastor

"One of the ranchers down in El Indio, where we lived at the time, had a large brushy pasture leased close to the town site of El Indio; in fact, it bordered the last street of the town. There were only about nine square blocks or so in El Indio, and it would be a stretch streets since none of them were paved. Anyway, this pasture was the only way to get from the highway down to the stretch of river I rode ..." Read more Look inside

Salazar: A Story of Love, Faith and the American Dream

"Our goal was highway 1021, heading south to El Indio, Texas. The closer we got, the more excited I got. For years, I had heard Papa talk about the ranch and the cattle and all the people who had become his friends ..." Read more Look inside

Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

"The experiences of the Rivera sisters, Mercedes, Juanita, and Josefa, exemplify this process. The sisters were second generation Tejanas born in El Indio, Texas. Their father operated a cotton gin but ... Read more Look inside

A Rock between Two Rivers: The Fracturing of a Texas Family Ranch

"... more trash and debris from recent floods, but no sign of cartels or alambristas—wire jumpers—wanting to cross until I round the bend at the hamlet of El Indio, Texas..." Read more Look inside

Camp Verde: Texas Frontier Defense

"On January 8, 1983, Public Law 97-429 resolved the Kickapoo's' ambiguous land situation. Under this statute, they were officially granted lands near El Indio, Texas, and became identified by United States authorities as the Texas Band of the Oklahoma Kickapoos, thereby becoming eligible for federal aid..." Read more Look inside

Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands

"One day in early 2011, my grandmother, who was then in her ninetieth year, told me she had seen a drone flying above El Indio, a little hamlet south of Eagle Pass, during an outing with some of her friends. The news papers that summer..."Read more Look inside

The Other Roswell: Ufo Crash On The Texas-Mexico Border

Shocking eyewitness testimony that is just as riveting as the story of the 1947 Roswell UFO crash. "This crash reportedly occurred along the Rio Grande River on the Mexican side, about halfway between El Indio, Texas and Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico on a clear spring day in 1955 ..." Look inside Read more

Rodriguez... Texas Ranger!: The True Story of the First Mexican American Texas Ranger

"You're gonna be sorry you ever set one foot in Eagle-by-god-Pass, Maverick County, Texas. your ass is mine dude!" Still fumin, I slam my outer office door behind me. I demanded justice! and uh.. maybe a little helping of revenge ..." Read more Look inside

The Texas Indians

"The State of Texas took a dim view of the Tigua casino and filed suit to close it. The tribe contended that their casino was ... Then, in 1983, Texas officially granted them about 120 acres near El Indio, Texas..." Read more Look inside

Eagle Pass; or Life on the Border

Jane Cazneua, writing as Cora Montgomery, came to a place called Eagle Pass on the Rio Grande in the middle of the 19th century. A native of New York, she faced tremendous hardships while starting a new life on the Mexican border. Full of self-confidence and the determination to see justice done, Jane Cazneau became the voice of the helpless peons of the border region. Originally published in 1852, this account opens a window onto life circa 1850 on the border between Texas and Mexico . . . Read more Look inside

Texas Ranger by James Patterson

"It was about forty miles, in a westerly direction, from Carrizo Springs to Eagle Pass the county seat of Maverick County. About one-half the white citizens of Eagle Pass are friends of King Fisher's gang. The remainder of the citizens there are too much afraid of ..." Read more Look inside

The Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Seminole

Found Inside: "In March, 1851 a commission was sent out to have a talk with him and other Indians in Texas. It was hoped to discover Wild Cat's real purpose and to determine the extent of mischief or good he was capable of doing. The commission found the Seminole chief at Eagle Pass, Texas  ". . . Read more Look inside

American Reboot: An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done

"The people of Maverick County would be dragged through hell in 202  when COVID slammed into them. It was one of the worst-hit communities in the country. But all this was not yet in front of this hardworking community, which I would get ..." Read more Look inside

Our Gal Someday: A Scalar Signature Western

A classic "fish-out-of-water" tale set amid the quirks of a small Southwestern town where UFO investigator Curt Wick first loses, then finds, and finally defines himself. "I flew into the Maverick County airport east of Oreville on one of those twin-engine turbo-prop shuttles that are barely commodious enough to encase a panatela. Winds were gusting to forty miles an hour or so and the pilot and ..." Read more Look inside

Welfare Reform in Persistent Rural Poverty: Dreams, Disenchantments, and Diversity

"Because of their huge populations of new immigrants from Mexico, documented and undocumented alike, and their famously "independent" local political cultures, Star and Maverick Counties are considered something akin to "outlaw" territories in the region and respectively referred to as "the most Mexican place in the Untied States" and the "Free State of Maverick County" ... Read more Look inside

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

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Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

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