Bob and Doris Bowman bring their stories from ‘Forgotten East Texas Towns’ to library

From Staff Reports

May 7, 2007 - Bob and Doris Bowman of Lufkin, authors of the new book, “The Forgotten Towns of East Texas, Volume 1,” will be the featured speakers at Thursday’s, meeting of the Sulphur Springs Friends of the Library.

�East Texas, the first area to be settled by white families, has so many forgotten towns that a listing of them all would be almost impossible,� said the Bowmans.

But they have undertaken the responsibility of telling the stories of hundreds of these towns in a series of books.

The first volume in the series, “The Forgotten Towns of East Texas,” has been released by Best of East Texas Publishers of Lufkin, and will be followed by at least three more volumes in coming years.

The Bowmans, already the authors of 36 books about East Texas, embarked on the towns project three years ago.

�The Forgotten Towns of East Texas,� Volume I, includes stories and photos dealing with about 66 towns in 45 East Texas counties, including several in Newton and surrounding counties.

The book deals with some of the region’s earliest towns, including Caddo Mounds, a prehistoric Indian village in Cherokee County; Mission Tejas, the first Spanish settlement in East Texas; and Champ de Aisle, a French community in Liberty County.

Other towns include religious communities, resort towns, oddly-named towns, ethnic communities, former county seats, river ports, sawmill and logging communities, ferry crossings, forts and military posts, railroad stops, and iron and oil towns.

�What attracted us to all of the towns was the diversity of history they brought to East Texas during their lifetimes,� he said.

Mr. Bowman is a member of the Texas Historical Commission, and serves as vice-chair of its Archeological Committee. 

He is also a former president of the East Texas Historical Association, and past member of the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission and the Texas Capitol Centennial Commission.

Both Bowmans have also served as chairs of the Texas Council for the Humanities.

�The last time Bob and Doris were in town, it was like a down-home gathering,� said Cheryl Lawson, library director. �They are true East Texas historians that not only live in this area, but have uncovered a wealth of information about the forgotten towns in our area and I�m looking forward to hearing more about them.�

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room and is free to the public.

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