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Writer presents stranger side of Texas history at Burnet library Dec. 13

BURNET — Learn about the quirky side of Texas history when historian and columnist Clay Coppedge shares “Real People’s History” on Dec. 13 as part of the Herman Brown Free Library’s Coffee Talks series.

The free presentation is 2 p.m. with refreshments at 1:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, 100 E. Washington. Organizers advise attendees to arrive early.

According to a library news release, Coppedge is a staff writer and columnist for Country World newspaper and a regular contributor to the Texas Co-op Power magazine. He also writes a column, “Letters from Central Texas,” for Texas Escapes Online Magazine at

Whether it’s outlaw Johnny Ringo’s gunfire across the Burnet Square (and his murder of a Burnet resident), the Hoodoo War over cattle, Pancho Villa’s film contract or mines, mules and Bowie knives, Coppedge has plenty of stories to tell, according to the release. He draws his stories from his research on the unusual in Texas history and has written several books, including “Forgotten Tales of Texas,” “Hill Country Chronicles” and “Texas Baseball” among others.

Books will be available for sale and autograph, and coffee will be served.

Coffee Talks are offered the second Thursday of the month.

Later programs in the series will touch on the lives of early German immigrants in Fredericksburg, famous Texas trees and the history related to them, life as a modern wilderness pioneer, the Texas-Mexican drug trade and a blackboard murder mystery.