15 Captivating Images of Old Texas

We are so grateful when universities and historical societies take the time to digitize their old photo and negative collections.  Below are some of our favorite photos from the William "Bill" Deming Hornaday Collection at the University of Texas Archives.  They date from 1890-1940, but this post includes mainly earlier photos of Texas towns, industry, and its people.  

Plowing with one of the BIG Tractors on a Texas farm.  The farmers had wide-open land in Texas, so they had to pioneer ways to do more work with less people.  Hit "Next Page" below to see the rest of the photos...

Old-time cattlemen cutting out the herd on a Texas Ranch

 

One of the last of his race. A typical long-horn Texas Steer.

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Full force of Texas Rangers, who prevented the Fitzsimmons-Mahr fight from taking place

 

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D.W. Bass, mounted inspector of customs and other Texas Rangers on scout patrol

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A typical oil well gusher, which happened quite often in the oil fields

 

A successful Texas fishing trip!

Three men in camp, with fish. There was a healthy fishing trade in Texas.

 

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Laredo, Texas
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An automobile sales agency in Laredo, Texas

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Brownwood, Texas
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A street scene in Brownwood Texas during a festival

 

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Cuero, Texas
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The Annual Turkey Festivities and Roundup in Cuero, Texas

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Cuero, Texas
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The Annual Turkey Festivities and Roundup in Cuero, Texas

Galveston, Texas
Galveston, Texas
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Cars ready for a race at the Galevston Beach Race "Track"

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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brite and their 14 children

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Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Maxwell, unknown event

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Texon, Texas
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Texon, Texas. School in Big Lake Oil Company's camp