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A Guide to the Big Spring (Texas) Scrapbook, 1923
The Big Spring scrapbook was prepared in support of the city's bid to become the site of Texas Technological College in 1923.
"Big Spring, the county seat of Howard County, is at the intersection of Interstate Highway 20, U.S. highways 80 and 87, State Highway 350, Farm Road 700, and the Missouri Pacific line in southwest central Howard County. The city is in a rocky gorge between two high foothills of the Caprock escarpment in West Texas. It derives its name from the nearby "big spring" in Sulphur Draw, which was a watering place for coyotes, wolves, and herds of buffalo, antelope, and mustangs; the spring was a source of conflict between Comanche and Shawnee Indians and a campsite used by early expeditions across West Texas." (Handbook of Texas Online)
The scrapbook contains statistics, charts, maps, and photographs documenting the city of Big Springs, Texas in 1923. Topics covered in the scrapbook include Big Spring's climatic conditions, health conditions, water supply, transportation and accessibility, agriculture, public utilities, and community life.
Big Spring (Texas) Scrapbook, 1923, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.