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The Republic of Austin

A young girl kidnapped by Indians and spirited away; a man shot, scalped, and left for dead but rescued when a friend dreams that he yet lives; a group of young boys frolicking in a creek who witness a brutal murder; all within the city of Austin!

Not the modern city, but the frontier version, in which Anglo settlers and black slaves walked dusty streets sparsely lined by log cabins and Indian encampments popped up occasionally on the edge of town. The stories in Jeffrey Kerr's The Republic of Austin not only bring to life those long-gone days but, through maps, photographs, and the paintings of artist Ray Spivey, tie them to the modern cityscape. Read this book to discover the vibrant past that pulsates yet among us.
The Republic of Austin
(Paperback) $20.00
 
 
 

 

Austin Texas: Then and Now

Open this book to step into Austin’s past, but also to see the past from a fresh perspective.  In Austin, Texas: Then and Now Jeffrey Kerr shows us not only how the city once appeared, but how the earlier scenery relates to the familiar sights of today.  Each historic photograph presented here is paired with an identical modern view taken from precisely the same spot.  Viewing the images side-by-side allows the reader a unique sense of connection to Austin’s earlier inhabitants.  Orienting maps and lively text enhance this fascinating look at the evolving Texas capital.  Older readers will enjoy recognizing scenes from long ago, younger ones will marvel at the recognition of hitherto mysterious city landmarks, and all will treasure this wonderful book. 
Austin, Texas: Then and Now
(Hardcover) $39.95
Austin, Texas: Then and Now
(Paperback) $24.95