And Here’s Bartee’s New Book, Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil


Oil famously brought prosperity to Texas but it also gave rise to violence, brothels, bordellos, and slums.  Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil explores the folks who took high-risk jobs in the fields and the volatile communities they formed.  This exciting new book releases November 30th.  Of course, is the only place you can pre-order a copy signed and dated by the author himself!

“Murder Most Texan” Already in Second Printing!

Just heard from my publisher that “Murder Most Texan” completely sold out of the first printing six days after the official publication date of November 11!  The History Press has authorized a second printing, as it scrambles to fill all the back — and future — orders.

So I must say that my second book of 2014 is off to a great start.  Many thanks to those readers that have made “Murder Most Texan” such a rousing success!



A Big Barnes & Noble Weekend For Bartee!

Barnes & Noble has scheduled book-signings for Bartee and his new book “Murder Most Texan” at three different Houston-area locations for this coming weekend November 21 thru 23.

*Friday, November 21 –  The Barnes & Noble at 3003 West Holcombe from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

*Saturday, November 22 – The Barnes & Noble at 2030 West Gray in River Oaks Center from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

*Sunday, November 23 – The Barnes & Noble at Westheimer Crossing, 7626 Westheimer, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

If you live in or plan on visiting the Houston area this weekend, come on by one of these Barnes & Noble events and meet Bartee Haile in person.  And he will be happy to autograph your copy of “Murder Most Texan.”

Texas Senator Father of Eighteenth Amendment

A year and a half after introducing the Eighteenth Amendment, Sen. Morris Sheppard was reelected on November 5, 1918 with 87 percent of the vote.

Although the East Texas native had many other legislative achievements during his 28 years in the U.S. Senate, the ardent prohibitionist would always be remembered as the man who squeezed America dry.  Sheppard died in office of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 9, 1941.

The Alamo – Most Haunted Place In Texas?

That’s the title of the Halloween week column, “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, October 29 through Tuesday, November 4.

Given the circumstances of the defenders’ deaths and the fact Santa Anna denied them a Christian burial, it stands to reason that ghosts have been seen in and around the Alamo on countless occasions for the past 178 years.  The chilling stories are guaranteed to make your hair stand on end!

Don’t Miss the Houston History Book Fair Saturday, November 8

Here’s an announcement for all history lovers from Houston Arts & Media and Houston Metropolitan Research Center:

It’s almost Halloween, but there’s nothing scary about our fifth annual Houston History Book Fair & Symposium. In fact, it’s pure history fun, and all to be had for free. Make sure you join us between 10 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, November 8. It’s at the Julia Ideson Library Building, 550 McKinney. That’s downtown across from the City Hall Reflecting Pool. There will be Texas and Houston history authors speaking all day long. Come meet them and get a signed copy of some great history books for yourself and for Holiday gifts. There are also door prizes, plenty of great regional history conversation and other features you won’t want to miss.

One of the featured speakers is none other than Bartee Haile, who is scheduled to talk at 12:30 about his new book “Murder Most Texan.”  Bartee will be available after his presentation to answer questions and to sign copies of his soon-to-be Texas true-crime classic.

Tribe Paid High Price For Befriending Texans

“A surprise attack by four hostile tribes on October 25, 1862 cut the number of Tonkawas in half leaving less than 150 still alive and kicking.”

If you haven’t read this installment of “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 28, you are missing out on the fascinating story of the Indians who called themselves “the most human of men.”

See You At The Texas Book Festival This Saturday!

The 20th annual Texas Book Festival, the biggest event of its kind in the Lone Star State, will be held the weekend of October 25-26 in Austin.

I will be there on Saturday the 25th at The History Press booth on 11th Street.  I will be signing copies of my brand-new book “Murder Most Texan” from one o’clock until two, so come on by. 

Look forward to meeting you!

Crew Talked Captain Out Of Abandoning “Houston”

“A Japanese torpedo so badly damaged the HOUSTON on the night of Oct. 13, 1944 that the captain of the light cruiser gave the order to ‘abandon ship.'”

That’s how the Wednesday, October 8 through Tuesday, October 14 column for “This Week in Texas History” starts.  The second World War II fighting ship to bear the name of Texas’ biggest city looked like it would follow the first to the bottom of the Pacific, but that would spoil the story. Read all about it in your local newspaper or with a private email subscription available on the web site.


Old Rip Ford Was The Texans’ Texan

“This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 7 tells the story of John Salmon Ford, better known as “Rip” and widely admired as the Texans’ Texan.

In his long life, Rip did it all:  fought Indians and Mexican raiders, practiced medicine and the law, taught Sunday school, served in the Republic Congress and wrote plays as well as one of the best autobiographies in Texas history.