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Columns IV 2016-2018

Columns IV 2016-2018

South Texas has a long and interesting history from the time it was first explored by Cabeza de Vaca in 1528 to LaSalle in 1685 through the Texas Revolution, Mexican War, cattle drives after the Civil War to the present day. Much of the work centers on Corpus Christi, but as the dominant settlement in the area, it also covers the history of all of southern Texas. Since 1998, Murphy Givens has been documenting this history in a weekly column in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times newspaper. Columns IV is a collection of 122 of those columns from 2016 through Murphy’s retirement in May 2018. Almost every column is four pages long and includes a photograph or illustration.

Columns III 2014-2015

Columns III 2014-2015

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times each week features a column on South Texas history by Murphy Givens. These articles on people, places and events of years gone by are eagerly awaited each Wednesday. Columns III is the third compilation of such articles, with columns from 2014 and 2015 included in this volume. They tell of adventurers, outlaws, settlers, cowboys, ranchers and pioneers who came to the Coastal Bend of Texas, struggling against nature and their fellow man to make their homes and livelihoods. This collection of 102 newspaper columns includes 164 photographs and maps, source notes and a full index.

Columns II 2012-2013

Columns II 2012-2013

Murphy Givens’ historical articles in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times are collected by many readers. This volume, Columns II, is compiled from more than 100 columns published in 2012 and 2013. They are about the pioneers and settlers who tamed the wild land and made South Texas their home. They were adventurers, outlaws, cowboys, ranchers and entrepreneurs, from all over the United States, Europe and Mexico. They lived in dangerous times and left a lasting legacy. This second book of Givens’ collected newspaper columns includes 193 photographs and maps, source notes and a full index.

Perilous Trails of Texas

Perilous Trails of Texas

J. B. (Red) Dunn’s “Perilous Trails of Texas” gives us a unique perspective of the lawless 1870s in the Nueces Strip. Dunn was a participant in bloody encounters between Anglo South Texans and Mexican-Americans in the rough times after the Civil War. It was a time when general lawlessness pervaded the land, darkening the days and threatening the nights. Dunn was a Texas Ranger and hard-riding vigilante. In Dunn’s time violence was ubiquitous. It was a time of undeclared warfare, a war of random encounter, with raids by bandits from across the border, with hide thieves roaming the cattle ranges and killing at will, followed by the punitive lynchings by minutemen vigilantes who were quick with the rope and the gun and left a trail of dead. In the wake of the most notorious outrages of the era, such as the robbery at Peñascal and the Nuecestown Raid, John Dunn was there, armed and in the saddle, pistols ready and rifle loaded and heart full of vengeance.

Columns 2009-2011

Columns 2009-2011

It is finally here. For years readers have been asking of a collection of Murphy Givens history articles. Columns 2009 – 2011 is a compilation of nearly 100 newspaper columns written by Murphy Givens about the history of Corpus Christi, the Nueces Valley and South Texas. The columns document the people who strove to make South Texas their home. Adventurers, outlaws, settlers, cowboys, ranchers and entrepreneurs from the United States, Europe and Mexico all came to the Coastal Bend of Texas, struggling against nature and their fellow man to make their homes and livelihoods. Columns includes 138 photographs and maps and a full index.