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Cowboys, cops, killers, and ghosts: legends and lore in Texas

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  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • On the job: legends and language in occupational lore. Recalling a Texas legend: Samuel Thomas 'Booger Red' Privett / Jerry Young -- The legacy of Bill Pickett, the Dusky Demon / Courtney Elliott -- Day work cowboys in the Depression era / Len Ainsworth -- Red Overton, Somervell County cedar chopper / Robert J. (Jack) Duncan -- Folklore of gunfighter John Wesley Hardin: myths, truths, and half-truths / Chuck Parsons -- Houston cop talk / Scott Hill Bumgardner -- Jury selection the old-fashioned way / Jerry B. Lincecum -- A sampling of Texas cultures: from bikers to Knanaya Catholics to Tejana culture: The Texas biker sub-culture and the ride of my life / Veronica Pozo -- Texas Knanaya Catholics and their wedding customs / Jenson Erapuram -- Hemphill: revisiting small-town Texas / Sue M. Friday -- Musica Tejana recording pioneers / Alex LaRotta -- "But, Miss, my family doesn't have a saga!" / Lucy Fischer-West -- Urban legends, ghost stories and towns, and searching for lost treasure. Living an urban legend: Galveston ball in the early 1970s / Gretchen Kay Lutz -- The truth versus the legend of the Interstate 45 Serial Killer / Marissa Gardner -- Ghost towns of the Big Thicket / Francis Edward Abernethy -- The ghost lights of Marfa / Stephanie Mateum -- Beyond Texas folklore: the Woman in Blue / Jennifer Curtis -- "There's gold in them there hills; or, silver at least" / Lee Haile -- Ben Sublett's gold / Winston Sosebee -- "Just for fun" lore. "Here kitty, kitty, kitty: fishing with Bubba / L. Patrick Hughes -- Texas Country churches / Pat Parsons -- Texas weddings: rattles on the garter and 'barbwire' in the flowers / Mildred B. Sentell -- Sally and Chance: an unusual love story / Sheila Morris -- They're still singin' and sayin' on the range: cowboy culture enters the 21st century / Charles Williams -- Contributors' vitas -- Index
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