The Collin County Historical Society announces a new publication about the history of Collin County.
The evolution of Collin County has taken on a new perspective with the publication of “From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop: A History of Collin County” ,written by Randolph W. Farmer. Now one of the fastest-growing and most prosperous counties in the United States, the area was once described as “a howling wilderness” where pioneers literally fought Comanche warriors from their doorsteps.
“From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop” covers 12,000 years of human habitation of the land that became Collin County in 1846 to the present. From its primitive origins, to early settlement, Civil War tribulations, reconstruction and railroad expansion; the advent of Collin County as one of the major cattle shipping and farming areas of the United States, to its present-day incarnation as the High-Tech “Silicon Prairie”, the book chronicles significant events with over 100 photographs, many never before published.
From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop eschews folklore for fact in re-telling the forgotten history of what was once the Wild West, the occasional habitat of Sam Bass and his gang as well as Jesse and Frank James. It is a “must read” for the growing population of new residents of Texas as well as those who desire a new perspective on North Texas History.
About Randolph W. Farmer
Randolph W. Farmer has spent his life in teaching, writing and research while residing on the Blackland Prairie. The author received his graduate degree at the age of 22 and published his first book in 1989; a financial planning guide that was well reviewed by the American Library Association, Bill Bresnan of WABC in New York City, and Barbara Brotman for the Chicago Tribune. By 1994 he was teaching at the collegiate level and is currently Adjunct Faculty at University of ‘Dallas.
In 2008 Farmer was awarded the prestigious Rex MacBeth Scholarship Grant from the Wild West History Association for his research. He is also called upon regularly to contribute information for other published authors’ work in his area of expertise.
About the Collin County Historical Society
The mission of the Collin County Historical Society, founded in 1957, is to serve by preserving and collecting our cultural resources to nurture the understanding of the diverse human experience that is unique to North Texas.
For more information or to become a member of the Collin County Historical Society, please visit our website at www.thenthc.org or call 972.542.9457, ext. 101. From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop can also be purchased on our website.