Few Cyclones, No Earthquakes or Floods…
Welcome to the Wicked South Plains. This is a collaborative project produced by academic historians aimed at showcasing some of the lessor known history of the Texas South Plains with the intention of promoting new social and thematic histories of this region.
This collection is dedicated to the spirit of writer Dorothy Scarborough whose books were burned for being critical of “god’s country” along with all those others who didn’t quite understand how West Texas was supposed to be paradise on earth. It is our intention to give a voice to the lost stories of these pioneers and settlers who for better or for worse took a gamble on a promise of something different way out yonder. We raise our glasses to the early settlers who have yet to “earn” their statue or parade and to all the might-have-beens who had the common sense to turn tail and go home before the drought set in and the money ran out.
“In the old days, the winds were the enemies of women. Did they hate them because they saw in them the symbols of that civilization which might gradually lessen their own power? Because it was for women that men would build houses as once they made dugouts?–would increase their herds, would turn the unfenced pastures into farms, furrowing the land that had never known touch of plough since time began–stealing the sand from the wind?
And the sand was the weapon of the winds…”
–Dorothy Scarborough, The Wind (1925)
The wind has always blown on the South Plains…
Lubbock’s Avalanche Journal, 28 November 1926