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“Legends of the Trail”

Kenneth L. Untiedt, editor University of North Texas Press PDF

LEGENDS OF THE TRAIL by Francis E. Abernethy

[A legend is a traditional prose narrative that has a historical setting and real people as characters. It deals with extraordinary happenings, even supernatural events, in a realistic way. Legends are folk history which document heroic or dramatic events of a culture’s life.—Abernethy]

The following happened in August of 1886 on the Camino

Real de los Tejas, where the Trail crosses Onion Creek southwest of Austin.

1886 was the drouthiest year in over a generation, and the wells had dried up, and the black land on Tobe Pickett’s farm had cracks in it wide enough to swallow a jackrabbit. María, who with her husband Pablo were Tobe’s hired help, walked alongside a great wide crack on her way to cut prickly pear for the hogs. As she looked into the depths of the crack, thinking to see a trapped jackrabbit, her eyes caught the gleam of old metal. A closer look revealed a crack’s-width view of a large chest with an iron chain around it.

María had found the chest of gold the Spaniards had buried on the Camino Real when they were attacked by bandits a hundred years earlier—before Spaniards became Mexicans. María marked the spot and told her husband, and they waited and planned how they would get the chest out when nobody could see them.

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Chapter 13: Restoring Other Parts

Andrew Everett Brooklands Books ePub

By hard parts, I mean bits like the suspension cross members, steering racks, differentials etc big and small lumps of the car that came from the factory in a black painted finish. The best way of getting parts like this clean is by sandblasting, but be careful with mechanical components, like the differential, because you really do not want to get sand inside them. Once blasted they should be primed, but resist the temptation to do what most restorers do and get parts stove enamelled. Stove enamelling really is not that good. It is a thick, yet often brittle, coating that once cracked, allows moisture underneath. The best finish is obtained by etch priming and them using a satin black paint, either from a gun or from an aerosol can. Put it this way BMW did not stove enamel their bits so why should you? A few good coats of paint are all that’s needed. If you just want it to look nice and presentable, rather than exactly as factory finish, then use a brush-on paint like Hammerite, which is good, tough stuff.

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9 The Rail Use Case: Ours and the Government’s

Howard H. Lewis Indiana University Press ePub


The Rail Use Case: Ours and the Government’s

It was essentially the transferors’ burden to demonstrate the value of their properties in continued rail service. The government’s primary contention, by contrast, was that absent Congressional action expressed in the Rail Act, the railroads in the Northeast would simply have disappeared, replaced by trucks on a much expanded highway system, ships on an enhanced intercoastal waterway, increased air freight, and I guess snowshoes. The government believed its role was counterpunching, that is, demonstrating that our contention would not have worked and that our properties would be largely ignored by profitable roads, or at best bought for a pittance no greater than what they would have yielded in liquidation for nonrail use.

My approach of beginning at the end of the case by imagining oral argument had the advantage of focusing my mind and the work product it developed, so that I didn’t range over a mass of fact and speculation trying to find the compelling argument emerging from the jumble like weeds sprouting in a yard. Admittedly, it had the disadvantage of limiting inquiry, so that I might well overlook a big piece of evidence which a less structured, more open investigation might have revealed. The truth is, however, I really had no choice, since the timetable set by the court effectively precluded any kind of full-range inquiry given the limited resources available to me and my own physical capacity.

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18 J. B. Hunt Takes a Ride on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe

RushJr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub


J. B. Hunt Takes a Ride on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe


WHILE A FEW PEOPLE LIKE SWEENEY AND BILL JOHNSON wanted out of the business, other railroaders were struggling to decrypt the mysteries of the free market. Most still did not understand the key to the industry’s future—the intermodal business—and some did not want to. Many men like CSX’s Jim Hagen had always recognized its potential, if it could be priced high enough to bring in a reasonable profit.

Although intermodal traffic, especially trips combining transportation modes like boats and trains, had been in existence since the infancy of the railroads, mixing rail service with trucking was a late bloomer. Tractor-trailers, or semis, had been traveling America’s highways since the 1920s, and some, delivering new cars to dealers, had been operating since the invention of the automobile, two decades before that. Railroads had experimented with piggyback, or intermodal, as early as the 1930s. Yet, it was not until 1955 that the first batch of highway trailers was placed on regularly scheduled intermodal trains. The Pennsylvania Railroad opened the service with dedicated trains, one each way, each day, between New York and Chicago. The business grew, and other railroads expanded their own services.

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Chapter 20 - Elan Developments

Gordon Lund Brooklands Books ePub

The original Lotus Elan caused a storm when it was announced back in 1962 even though it was not made available to the public until 1963. John Bolster, a well known motoring journalist at the time recommended that people should sell the television, the washing machine, their granny even, so that they could purchase a Lotus Elan. So bowled over by this new revelation was he that he simply ran out of superlatives.

The whole Elan car range lasted for only ten years and in that time underwent a number of developments as covered earlier. The options list was fairly impressive for such a small firm at the time but was limited due to the scale of the company’s operations. By the big boys standards, Lotus was virtually a jobbing shop making vehicles on a batch production basis. This could never be called mass production.

In this light it is obvious that in order to stay profitable, Lotus had to keep a tight ship and keep diversifed developments to a minimum.

As a supplement to the first edition of this book I have therefore added a few developments on the Elan theme, concentrating more on recent events.

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