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"Letters from Central Texas"
by Clay Coppedge

website: www.claycoppedge.com
Clay Coppedge

Texas History and Travel

  • How to Kill a Town 11-17-17
  • Quotable Sheridan 11-3-17
  • Skyline Club 10-16-17
  • Bobby Layne's (alleged) curse 10-2-17
  • Harvey's Ancestor 9-20-17
  • Saltpeter and Bat Bombs 9-3-17
  • Dangerous Al Jennings 8-17-17
  • The Earl of Excess 8-2-17
  • Bombing of Desdemona 7-16-17
  • A Short History of Beer in Texas 7-2-17
  • The First Texas Revolution 6-16-17
  • Rube Burrow, Notorious Train Robber 6-3-17
  • Frontier Forts of Texas 5-15-17
  • The Unsung Saloonkeeper 5-1-17
  • Fine Texas Horses 4-16-17
  • Kleberg, Hirsch and Assault: Three of a Kind 4-2-17
  • Texas Dunker Joe Fortenberry 3-17-17
  • Forgotten founder of Dallas 3-4-17
  • Henry Skillman, frontier mail courier 2-4-17
  • A Bald-Headed Whiskey Town 1-3-17
  • Billy the Kid's Texas Vacation 12-3-16
  • The road that became an Interstate 11-1-16
  • Who killed J.W? 10-3-16
  • Bobby Fuller 9-2-16
  • Ragtime Texas Henry Thomas 8-5-16
  • Mystery of the Spider Rocks 7-7-16
  • W.D. Smithers and the Ways of the Border 6-4-16
  • Uncle Dick's Toll Road 5-2-16
  • Moon Mullican 3-20-16
  • Deaf Smith 2-21-16
  • Glen Springs Raid 1-4-16
  • Thomas Toby, Privateer 12-2-15
  • J. Frank Norfleet 10-2-15
  • A Couple of Alleged Incidents 9-6-15
    Two of the most famous gunfights from the fabled era of the gunfighter might or might not have taken place and involved (or didn't involve) some of the most iconic names of the Old West...
  • First (official) flight over Texas 8-1-15
  • The Big Bopper 7-4-15
  • Texas Fakes 6-6-15
  • Dallas Vice 5-1-15
  • Bulldog Turner 4-4-15
  • The Old Gringo in Texas 3-1-15
    Writer and civil war veteran Ambrose Bierce
  • Texas Hoaxes 2-1-15
    Aurora Spaceship, Big Foot, Dickie Don and Rickie Ron Yewbet
  • From Bugs Bunny to Sam Houston 1-5-15
  • The Not So Great Cowboy Strike of 1883 12-5-14
  • Thurber, Texas 11-1-14
  • Miss Bettie Brown and Haunting of Ashton Villa 10-12-14
  • Sweetwater Swatter 9-15-14
  • Tex Avery 8-14-14
  • The Saga of Texas Iron 7-8-14
  • Red River Expedition 6-6-14
  • Soapy Smith 5-10-14
  • Terraqueous Transportation 4-6-14
  • A Fiddler’s Redemption 3-1-14
  • The First State Fair of Texas 2-17-14
  • A Dalliance to Remember 1-19-14
  • The Curious Saga of R.G. Dyrenforth 1-8-14
  • Ill Fated Nolan Expedition 12-4-13
  • Ben K. Green 11-2-13
  • Juan Seguin: A foreigner in his native land 10-2-13
  • Neighbors Expedition 9-6-13
  • Clyde Barrow, motorist 8-2-13
  • Peyote Gardens 7-6-13
  • Steel Dust 6-16-13
  • The opium war, Texas style 5-11-13
  • Pat Garrett 4-9-13
  • Bullet Riddled Buddies 2-1-13
  • Frontier Journalism in Texas 1-3-13
  • The Bone Wars 11-30-12
  • Albert Pike in Comancheria 11-18-12
  • Sally Skull 11-1-12
  • The Alleged Battle of Bandera Pass 10-3-12
  • A Snakebitten Legacy 9-17-12
  • The Oilman and the Sea 9-3-12
  • Sam Bell Maxey 8-18-12
  • Wilson Pottery 8-4-12
  • The Ranger Formerly Known as Pidge 7-22-12
  • Trick ‘Em and Skin ‘Em 7-2-12
  • Kit Carson at Adobe Walls 6-16-12
  • Hello, Sucker 6-6-12
  • Tex Thornton: King of the oilfield firefighters and rainmaker 5-1-12
  • Frederick Law Olmsted 4-13-12
  • The Big Boom of 1882 3-9-12
  • Desdemona 1-27-12
  • William F. Drannan told it like it wasn’t 1-9-12
  • Creed Taylor 12-9-11
  • “The Great Western” 11-4-11
  • Bone Haulers 10-3-11
  • Comancheros 9-4-11
  • Max Hirsch, Healer and Winner 8-8-11
  • Turkeys and Tenderfeet 7-8-11
  • Ferdinand Lindheimer 4-12-11
  • Fruit Tree Ramsey 3-22-11
  • Custer in Texas 2-23-11
  • Bose Ikard 2-1-11
  • Pig War 1-1-11
  • Frontier Doctors 10-15-10
    John F. Webber and Gail Borden
  • LBJ and Sad Irons 9-10-10
  • Slats Rodgers 8-20-10
  • Ice in Summer 8-6-10
  • Blind Man’s Town 7-20-10
  • Texas Mormons 6-11-10
  • Eck Robertson 5-19-10
  • Sally Rand and Yesterday's ‘House of Tomorrow’ 5-1-10
  • Pancho Villa 4-15-10
  • Champ D’Asile 3-1-10
  • Dueling 2-24-10
  • Jean Laffite 1-1-10
  • Ned Green 12-24-09
  • George Kendall 12-1-09
  • Vin Fiz Flyer 11-19-09
  • Temple Houston 11-1-09
  • Dance Pistols 9-21-09
  • The Horse Marines 9-7-09
  • Alex Sweet and His Siftings 8-26-09
  • Roy Crane and Captain Easy 7-31-09
  • Blast From The Past: The Houston Colt 45s 6-19-09
  • The Legendary Stardust Cowboy 6-3-09
  • Bozo Texino 5-2-09
  • Marx Brothers 4-1-09
  • Texas Cherokees 3-16-09
  • Life and Times of James Coryell 2-3-09
  • Doak Good 1-15-09
  • In Praise of the Unappreciated Mule 1-2-09
  • The Reindeer of Texas 12-1-08
  • Thanksgiving as a Texas Thing 11-19-08
  • Mance Lipscomb 10-18-08
  • Granger Through The Years 10-3-08
  • How To Mangle Friends and Influence Coaches 9-11-08
  • Gideon Lincecum: King of Texas’ Wild Frontier 8-24-08
  • Little One-Hearted Stock Tank 8-12-08
  • With A Pit Bull On My Knee 7-24-08
  • The Unholy Catfish 7-10-08
  • Fly Fishing Is Not Always Pretty 6-23-08
  • Tom Slick 6-1-08
  • Bats 5-5-08
  • Old Bill and Handsome Wolf 4-7-08
  • The Plight of the Pleurocoeleus 3-17-08
    Dinosaurs in Texas
  • Goodrich Jones: The best friend Texas trees ever had 3-6-08
  • Avisadores: Messengers of Light 2-18-08
  • The Killer and Me 2-3-08
  • Sanctified Sisters 11-7-07
  • Yoko on the Llanos 10-21-07
  • The Trials and Tribulations of El Kabong 10-5-07
  • A Man Named Pink 9-18-07
  • Ode to the Oleo Strut 9-3-07
  • Loco on the Llanos 8-16-07
  • Lubbock Lights and UFOs 8-7-07
  • King of the Hill 7-15-07
  • White Lightning 6-30-07
  • South Llano River State Park 6-15-07
  • Acres and Acres of Acres 6-1-07
    The Hill Country State Natural Area
  • The Life and Times of Whitey Walker 5-1-07
  • From Patty Hearst to Salado 4-16-07
  • What Stanley Walker Saw 2-16-07
  • Texas' Most Civilized Soul 2-1-07
    Roy Bedichek
  • Historic Joe Lee 1-22-07
  • Zipperlandville, and Other Places 1-3-07
  • Mother Neff State Park: Texas' first 12-8-06
  • Colorado Bend: It Is What It Is 11-21-06
  • Lanky and the POWs 11-8-06
    Mildred "Lanky" Lancaster
  • Flowers For Sarah Herndon 10-12-06
  • Haunted Hill 10-5-06
  • A Classic Walk on The Wild Side 9-21-06
  • Sam Bass: The Not So Merry Bandit 9-13-06
  • In Praise of Texas Corn 8-22-06
  • The Texas Longhorn: Shaped By Nature 8-7-06
  • The Life and Times of Big Bill Babb 7-18-06
  • Jesse James, Supposedly 7-3-06
  • The Chisholm Trail Rides Again 6-11-06
  • Westphalia Waltz 5-30-06
  • Yalgo, the legendary horse 5-17-06
  • The Old Bartlett Western Railroad 4-27-06
  • Folk Medicine 4-11-06
  • Life, death and dog-trot houses 3-11-06
  • Kempner 2-23-06
  • Phantom Alligators 1-21-06
  • FM 2843 1-1-06
  • FM 116: In The Shadow of Fort Hood 12-9-05
  • Horny Toad Hypnosis 11-17-05
  • John Trlica 11-1-05
  • Windmills 10-16-05
  • Bird's Creek 9-28-05
  • Tonkawa Tales 8-26-05
  • Joe Tex 8-4-05
  • Salt of the South 7-15-05
  • Taking Dead Aim in Izoro 7-1-05
  • George Sessions Perry 6-15-05
  • The Eerie Demise of Johnny Horton 5-26-05
  • Killer Vultures 5-10-05
  • Groovin' at The Grove 4-1-05
  • Metheglin Creek 2-22-05
  • Name of This Town Rings A Bell
    Ding Dong, Texas 1-16-05
  • Legends of the Pancake Mine 1-1-05
  • The Most Famous Bathtub in Coryell County 12-15-04
  • Never another like Bill Pickett 12-1-04
  • Major Butt and the Titantic 11-15-04
  • Good old New Corn Hill 10-29-04
  • Ol' Paint's ride started in Bartlett 10-15-04
  • Renaissance Man of Buckholts 9-28-04
  • PRAIRIE DELL
    Tranquil setting belies past
    9-24-04
  • The Hobo of Little River-Academy

  • © Clay Coppedge
    Column began August, 2004

    Clay Coppedge

    Clay Coppedge is a regular contributor to Texas Co-op Power magazine. His work has also appeared in Acres USA, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Field and Stream, Gulf Coast Golfer, Texas Fisherman and other magazines and newspapers. He has worked as a sports editor in Williamson County and as a reporter for the Temple Daily Telegram as well as stints as a cab driver, busboy and other jobs too odd to mention. He lives and writes near Walburg in Williamson County.

    February, 2008

    Subject: Clay Coppedge
    I laughed as I learned from Mr. Clay's recent article on Pat Garrett. I'd have to describe his style as hilarious history, or maybe historical hysteria, or perhaps historical hilarity...at any rate, the man is funny. - Frances Giles


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    Columns:

  • Mike Cox - "Texas Tales"
  • Clay Coppedge - "Letters from Central Texas"
  • Murray Montgomery - "Lone Star Diary"
  • Wanda Orton - "Wandering"
  • Michael Barr - "Hindsights"
  • Maggie Van Ostrand - "A Balloon in Cactus"
  • Jase Graves' "Quips and Salsa"
  • David Knape - "Once Upon A Line" Poems
  • Roger Todd Moore - "Moore Texas" Cartoons
  • John Troesser
  • More Things Historical:

  • "A Glimpse of Texas Past" by Jeffery Robenalt
  • "Bob Bowman's East Texas" by Bob Bowman
  • "All Things Historical" by Archie P. McDonald & Bob Bowman
  • "Cannonball's Tales" by W. T. Block Jr.
  • "It's All Trew" by Delbert Trew
  • "Charley Eckhardt's Texas" by C. F. Eckhardt
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