Bibliography of Val Verde County History


This is not yet a comprehensive list of sources for Val Verde County history. But there is no harm is trying to create one. V.V.C.H.C. members will put a few things on the list; visitors to the website can offer more sources.


Barnett, Ruby L. and Rachel L. Moore, "A History of the Del Rio Independent School District, 1890-1953," Sul Ross State College, History Paper, May 1953.

Boyd, Carolyn E., Rock Art of the Lower Pecos, College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Braudaway, Doug, Val Verde County, Arcadia Publishing, 1999.

———, "Desegregation in Del Rio," Journal of South Texas, Volume 13, Number 2, Fall 2000, pages 240-265.

———, Railroads of Western Texas: San Antonio to El Paso, Arcadia Publishing, 2000.

———, Del Rio: Queen City of the Rio Grande, Arcadia Publishing, 2002.

———, "John Taini: Italian Stonemason of Del Rio," Journal of South Texas, Volume 17, Number 1, Spring 2004, pages 60-78.

———, "Noah H. Rose," Journal of South Texas, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2006, pages 32-43.

———, "Santos Garza: The Father of San Felipe Schools," Journal of South Texas, Volume 19, Number 2, Fall 2006, pages 210-220.

———, "The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore," Journal of Big Bend Studies, Volume 18, 2006, pages 165-182.

———, "The Charters of the City of Del Rio: The Making and Remaking of a Municipal Government," Journal of South Texas, Volume 20, Number 2, Fall 2007, pages 198-211.

———, "On The Border: The Stool Brothers Reshape Del Rio,” in Lone Stars of David: The Jews of Texas, edited by Hollace Weiner and Kenneth D. Roseman, Brandeis University Press, 2007.

———, "The Charters of the City of Del Rio: The Making and Remaking of a Municipal Government," Journal of South Texas, Volume 20, Number 2, Fall 2007, pages 198-212.

———, "Bracketing Bean: The Other Two Leaders of Langtry, Texas," Journal of Big Bend Studies, Volume 20, 2008, pages 61-74.

———, "African American Del Rio," Journal of Big Bend Studies, Volume 21, 2009, pages 151-177.

Brinkley, John R., Roads Courageous: Being a Compilation of Radio Talks Given Over Radio Station XERA During the Fall and Winter Months of 1937 and 1938, published by the author, 1938.

Brock, Pope, Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, The Man Who Pursued Him, And The Age Of Flimflam, New York: Crown Publishers, 2008. This is another of the many books about Doctor Brinkley.

Carson, Gerald, The Roguish World of Doctor Brinkley, New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1960.

City of Del Rio, City Council Minutes. The records of the City government are maintained by the City Secretary.

Comstock Study Club, Comstock: Friends and Neighbors, privately published.

Del Rio News-Herald, including its predecessors, the Del Rio Evening News and Val Verde County Herald.

"Del Rio: 'The City of Roses,'" Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Magazine, February 1922.

Elliott, Claude, "The Building of the Southern Pacific Railroad Through Texas," University of Texas at Austin, Master’s Thesis, June 1928.

Finegan, John K., A Texas Ranching Family: The Story of E.K. Fawcett, Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2007.

Fowler, Gene and Bill Crawford, Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves, Austin: Texas Monthly Press, 1987.

Garabedian, Charles A., "The Wildcats vs. The Mustangs: The Consolidation of the San Felipe and Del Rio Independent School Districts," Sul Ross State University Master's Thesis, July 1994.

Garcia, Mario A., Stories From The River By the Creek And The Railroad Track: A Collection of Short Stories About A Young Boy And Life In A Mexican-American Community, Phoenix: Clear Stream Publishing Co., 2007.

Gutierrez, A.E. (Tony), A History of San Felipe, Del Rio: Whitehead Memorial Museum, 1978.

Jarrett, T.J., Kin, Cowboys, Outlaws & Friends, Austin: Nortex Press, 2004.

Lamb, Mark H., "Del Rio to Sanderson: Southern Pacific County along the Rio Grande," Journal of Big Bend Studies, Volume VI, 1994.

Lee, R. Alton, The Bizarre Careers of John R. Brinkley, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2002.

Lewis, Leonard, "A History of the Del Rio Public Schools," University of Texas Master’s Thesis, June 1938.

Lloyd, Everett, Law West of the Pecos: The Story of Judge Roy Bean, San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1936.

McCormick, Patricia, Lady Bullfighter: The Personal Story Of A Girl From Texas Who Has Become Famous As A Bullfighter, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1954.

McDaniel, Ruel, Vinegarroon: The Saga of Judge Roy Bean, "The Law West of the Pecos," Kingsport, Tennessee: Southern Publishers, 1936.

Mehling, Harold, The Scandalous Scamps, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1959.

Morrill, Clifford, "History of the El Paso Division," unpublished manuscript, [@1925].

Muenzenberger, H., Del Rio, 1900. Copies of this can be found at several archives, but the whole document has been reprinted in La Hacienda by the Whitehead Memorial Museum.

Newcomb, W.W., The Rock Art of Texas Indians, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967. This was reissued in 1996.

Overfelt, Robert C., The Val Verde Winery: Its Role in Texas Viticulture and Enology, El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1985.

Peña, J.B., "A History of the San Felipe Independent School District and Its Influence on the Community: 1929-1951," Master’s Thesis, Sul Ross State College, 1951.

Perkins, George O., "The Early History of Val Verde County," Sul Ross State College [now University], Master’s Thesis, January 1954.

Prewitt, Steven, "'We Didn't Ask to Come to This Party' Self Determination Collides with the Federal Government in the Public Schools of Del Rio, Texas, 1890-1971," University of Houston Dissertation, 2000.

Reed, S.G., A History of the Texas Railroads, New York: Arno Press, 1981.

Seale, Axcie, "The Writings and Collected Papers of Mrs. Axcie C. Seale," 1979, including a thirty-page "A History of Val Verde County" dated 1948.

Shafer, Harry J. and Jim Zintgraff, Ancient Texans: Rock Art and Lifeways Along the Lower Pecos, Texas Monthly Press [for the Witte Museum], 1986.

Skiles, Jack, Judge Roy Bean Country, Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1996.

Smith, Thomas T., Jerry D. Thompson, Robert Wooster, and Ben E. Pingenot (editors), The Reminiscences of Major General Zenas R. Bliss, 1854-1876: From the Texas Frontier to the Civil War and Back Again, Austin: Texas State Historical Commission, 2007.

Sonnichsen, C.L., Roy Bean: Law West of the Pecos, New York: Macmillan Company, 1943.

United States Census Bureau. (These records can be viewed on microfilm, but in recent years, they can be also accessed online.)

Val Verde County. The County Clerk’s office has several sets of government documents.

"Val Verde County Texas: Part of the TXGenWeb Project and USGenWeb Project," < HYPERLINK "">. This online source is a collection of census data, text and photos about the county’s history.

"Vest Pocket Guide of Del Rio," 1892. The whole document has been reprinted in La Hacienda by the Whitehead Memorial Museum.

Whitehead Memorial Museum, La Hacienda: An official Bicentennial Publication, Compiled by the Whitehead Memorial Museum and the Val Verde County Historical Commission, 1976.

Wilson, Neill C. and Frank J. Taylor, Southern Pacific: The Roaring Story of a Fighting Railroad, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1952.

Wood, Clement, The Life of a Man: A Biography of John R. Brinkley, Kansas City: Goshorn Publishing Company, 1934.

Zertuche, Diana Sotelo, Spirit of Val Verde, privately published, 1985.

———, "Fragile Masks," Halapid, Fall 2007.

———, "Colorin Colorado, Este Cuento No Se Ha Acabado!," Halapid, Winter 2009.