The Texas State Historical Association is pleased to offer a third edition of Watt Matthews of Lambshead. This book is work of art and important historical document about Texas ranching history.
Since the first edition in 1989, Laura Wilson’s chronicle of this prominent Texas ranch has proven to be an important contribution to the story of Texas. In words and especially Wilson’s beautiful images, Watt Matthews of Lambshead captures an iconically Texan way of life, one now only available to a number of residents of the Lone Star State due to industrial activities like oil extraction on rural landscapes.
In The 50+ Best Books on Texas (1998), A. C. Greene wrote that “[Watt] Matthews … was the last living link with all the Texas cowboy and ranch mythology and lore from the 1850s”. This edition includes an afterword that details developments on the Texas ranch since his death in 1977.