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John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas

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15 Lancaster Gate

From Water Supply to Urban Oasis


John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas

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John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas (2016)

Steven R. Butler's John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas is now available at AMAZON.COM $15.99 plus tax and shipping.

John Neely Bryan: The Father of Dallas is not only the story of the founding father of one of America's largest cities but also the story of the individuals, largely journalists, who wrote about Bryan in the past. Drawing both on their work and his own original research, Butler has managed to produce a scholarly but readable narrative that forms the most complete picture of the enigmatic Dallas founder that's been published to date.

ISBN 978-0-692-64211-5

Butler donating book to DPL
On Wed., November 23, 2016, Butler donated a copy of his book to the Dallas and Texas history department of the Dallas Public Library. He has also donated a copy to the library of Richland College, where he teaches U.S. History.

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From London to Kentucky: The Life & Times of James Haycraft, Jr. and his son, Samuel Haycraft, Sr. (2016)

Steven R. Butler's From London to Kentucky is now available at AMAZON.COM $12.99 plus tax and shipping.

During the colonial era, English courts sentenced tens of thousands of petty criminals to "transportation" to the colonies in North America. From London to Kentucky is the true story of one of those convicts, a London chimney-sweep named James Haycraft, Jr. who after being apprehended for committing a burglary, soon found himself first in London's notorious Newgate Prison and then, after a brief trial, in chains aboard a ship bound for Virginia. There, after serving out his seven-year sentence, James was married and started a family. The story continues with the experiences of his son, Samuel Haycraft, Sr., who after serving on the frontier during the American War for Independence, became one of the founders of Hardin County, Kentucky, an employer of Abraham Lincoln's father, a sheriff, and a respected Kentucky state legislator.

ISBN 978-0-9981526-1-5


15 Lancaster Gate
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15 Lancaster Gate: A Transatlantic Love Story (2016)

Steven R. Butler's 15 Lancaster Gate: A Transatlantic Love Story is now available at AMAZON.COM $11.99 plus tax and shipping.

15 Lancaster Gate is the extraordinary true story of a young American sailor, who at the close of the 1960s, unexpectedly spends a week in “Swinging London,” where between escapades, he meets the girl of his dreams, only to be stymied by a situational mix-up. From London, he travels to the Netherlands, back to England, out to sea, and then to Germany and Denmark (and back to sea again), before returning to the British capital, where at long last he has a second chance for romance. Before love can blossom however, the sailor and his new-found English girlfriend must overcome obstacles that threaten to keep them apart. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, this oftentimes humorous memoir will surely make you laugh while at the same time touching your heart.

ISBN 978-0-998-15260-8


From Water Supply to Urban Oasis
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From Water Supply to Urban Oasis: A History of White Rock Lake Park, Dallas, Texas (2011)
After five years out-of-print, the Centennial Edition of From Water Supply to Urban Oasis: A History of White Rock Lake Park, Dallas, Texas, by Steven R. Butler, is available again at AMAZON.COM $14.99 plus tax and shipping.

From Water Supply to Urban Oasis was first published in 2004. It was adapted from a two part series originally published in Legacies, A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas in 2002 and 2003. A revised, expanded, and improved 84-page "Centennial Edition" was published in 2011, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the White Rock dam. Only three hundred copies were printed and sold in 2011. Finally, here's your chance to own a copy of this thoroughly-researched and informative history of one of Dallas' most beloved public playgrounds!

ISBN 978-0-615-48138-8

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