by David G. McComb

Published in 2015 by University of Texas Press.

City in Texas

Reviewed by Manning Wolfe.

David G. McComb’s The City in Texas: A History, is an insightful overview of the rise of Texas cities from the time of the Spanish Conquest to modern day. The 342-page book provides an overview, with movement as the primary theme, and emphasis on the transformation of Texas from a rural to urban environment.

In the beginning of the book, McComb’s chronicles the habitat of resident Native Americans and the Texas Revolution in the backdrop of eight major landforms and diverse weather patterns. The book quickens and becomes more compelling after what the author calls the “end of the dirt road frontier.” In this section, attention is on the railroad and telegraph as the most significant factors in city formation, location, and interconnectedness.

McComb’s best-known publication,

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