Texas Highways to feature professor's gangster book

Dr. T. Lindsay Baker

Tarleton State University

Monday, December 3, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Texas Highways magazine in its January 2013 issue will feature the new Gangster Tour of Texas book by Tarleton State University professor Dr. T. Lindsay Baker. The book, published by the Texas A&M University Press, guides readers to sites of historic organized crime activity in the Lone Star State.

Historian Baker wrote the Gangster Tour of Texas as a guidebook for heritage tourists. It begins in 1918, when the Texas Legislature voted to prohibit the sale of alcohol a full year ahead of national prohibition. The book continues through 1957 and the closing of the illegal casinos in Galveston. Among the criminal enterprises Baker discusses are gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, bank robbers the Newton Boys from Uvalde, the 1933 Charles F. Urschel kidnapping by Machine Gun Kelly, and the 1930s and ’40s medical fraud perpetrated by Dr. John R. Brinkley in Del Rio.

Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas. Published by the Texas Department of Transportation since 1953, it has a worldwide circulation of about 200,000. It is noted for its fine color photography.

“I was delighted when I heard that Texas Highways would be making an eight-page extract from the gangster tour book,” Baker said. He added that he was pleased that the monthly magazine would bring some of the organized crime stories from the book to a wider audience.


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