"Howdy, folks. This story starts back in 1886, in Henrietta, Texas. My name is Bob and I was six years old back then..." Thus speaks Bob Crump, the author's father, as he begins to describe the family's move to settle Lubbock County on the High Plains of Texas in 1890. His family was one of the first to homestead that area and his description of that empty, desolate grassland and everyday life on the scattered ranches opens a window into a vivid American West of yesterday, one that is rapidly fading away. Illustrated by old family photos, Bob's narrative will transport today's readers into the Texas of his childhood.