Texas outlaw frontier part of Coffee Talks series at Herman Brown Free Library

Peter R. Rose


BURNET — Author Peter R. Rose will discuss his book “The Reckoning: The Triumph of Order on the Texas Outlaw Frontier” on Oct. 10 at the Herman Brown Free Library.

The free program is part of the Coffee Talks series at the library, 100 E. Washington. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 2 p.m. Early arrival is recommended.

The geologist-turned-historian will talk about the Edwards Plateau and how its unique landscape made it possible for outlaw bands to prey on settlers without punishment, according to a library news release.

In the wake of the Civil War, the region was racked with disorder, including violence by vigilante bands, Indian raids and a range war between Germans and Anglo-Celtic settlers, allowing outlaws to take advantage of the chaos, according to the release.

Hiding in the canyon lands around the forks of the Llano River in lawless Kimble County, families of criminals banded together to rob stagecoaches, raid cattle in several counties and intimidate and murder settlers, according to the release. The criminal confederation even took over the Kimble County government. The lawless period culminated in the Texas Rangers banding with settlers to fight off the criminals.

Rose’s maternal grandparents came to the Kimble County frontier in 1891, and Rose still owns and operates a ranch there, according to the release. He draws on family historical material, his work in geology and Texas Rangers files to create a well-documented, entertaining book.

Books will be available at the presentation for purchase and autograph.

The November program features Margie Crisp, author and water-color illustrator of “River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado.” In December, W.C. Jameson and Mike Blakely will sing and talk about their books and music. Other upcoming presenters include Burnet historian Darryl Debo and David Marion Wilkinson, the author of “Not Between Brothers,” a novel set during the fight for Texas independence.