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Texas Gothic: Fame, Crime & Crazy Water

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  3 reviews

It began in the 1800s. In the Texas town of Mineral Wells, people drinking the strange-tasting water claimed to be cured of insanity, rheumatism, and terminal illness. Discovery of the phenomenon beguiled thousands of tourists, curiosity seekers, and the afflicted who desperately sought cures.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published September 2014 by Jacobus Books
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Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Of course, I also grew up in Mineral Wells, being born the year the Hexagon was tragically torn down.

James Pylant has written a masterpiece, in my opinion. This doesn't read like a "history" book at all, yet it truly is. What I really like about the way Pylant put this together is that it could almost be a series of short stories that revolve around the same, central characters. I was delighted to read of the crazy antics (and I believe "crazy" just might be lite
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this to anyone who really enjoys history - especially if you are from north central Texas. This book concentrates on Palo Pinto County and its settlement. And on some of the colorful and real life characters that settled it and began raising families here. Well researched and written in a conversational style that makes the reading fast and fun!
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An award-winning writer, James Pylant is the author of a family-authorized celebrity biography, In Morticia's Shadow: The Life & Career of Carolyn Jones. He has also interviewed several famous personalities, including Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Audrey Landers (Dallas), Ruth Buzzi (Laugh-In), Peter Mark Richman (Dynasty), Linda Purl (Matlock), Stanley Li ...more