by Myra Hargrave McIlvain
University of Texas Press
Dallas is the starting point for the five driving tours - day trips and weekend holidays - included in this entertaining and informative new book from the author of Texas Auto Trails: The Southeast.
Myra McIlvain's five "auto trails" will take you away from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to the fascinating small towns and peaceful countryside of northeastern Texas. Whether you "get away from it all" for a few hours or a few days, you will come back refreshed and informed by your journye.
Good directions and a clear map of each route accompany Myra McIlvain's lively tales of the hsitory of the region. She points the way to hsitoric houses, art galleries and museums, unusual features of the landscape, restored hotels and favorite eating places, antique shops and artists' studios, and myriad of toher hidden treasures of the northeastern Texas countryside.
The trails sweep from Lufkin and Crockett int he south to Texarkana, Paris, and Denison in the norht, from Waxahachie in the west to San Augustine and Jefferson - with a short sidetrip to Louisana - in the east.
As a free-lance writer Myra Hargrave McIlvain authors historical marker narratives and articles on the Texas for the Texas Historical Commission.
Also by Myra Hargrave McIlvain:
Texas Auto Trails - The Southeast
"This is a marvelous book - both entertaining and educational, containing lively historical narrative deftly woven into area descriptions, directions, information, and contact numbers for the traveler...The reading of these secelent sections could make getting there half the fun." Lone Star Library
Drawings by Virginia Adams Erickson
Above was copied from the back of one of the original books we now have in storage
Personal Note from the Author:
The author donated a copy of this book to the museum and included a note card for with the book.
Autographed dedication to Rebecca reads:
Happy Birthday Rebecca,
We hope you use this to explore this summer.
The authors note about the dedication:
Rebecca McIlvain (1951-2012) was my husband's daughter. She was an elementry school teacher and later a bookstore manager.
She loved books and travel.