December 4, 2003

Texas Almanac 2004-2005 puts knowledge of the Lone Star State at readers' fingertips

Dallas, TX -- The 62nd Edition of the Texas Almanac places Texas history, current affairs and culture right at your fingertips. It is a trusted, reliable and enjoyable reference book for business people, journalists, legislators, teachers, students, historians, genealogists, travelers, trivia buffs and people who simply want to increase their knowledge of the Lone Star State. The Texas Almanac has been a valuable factual tool used by many since 1857.

Special features in the Texas Almanac 2004-2005 include:
* A history of the frontier forts of Texas. Shortly after Texas joined the Union in 1845, the U.S. Army established a line of forts across Texas, running north to south, to protect settlers pushing west to claim cheap land.

That line of forts was hardly complete when the army had to build a second line even farther west.

* An account of the challenges and hardships faced by women who also lived at the frontier forts in the late 19th century.

* The story of Fort Anahuac, which was built on the Gulf Coast in 1830 when Texas was still part of Mexico.

Archaeologists have begun to excavate this fort, which played a part in the Texas Revolution.

* A history of Polish immigrants in Texas - how and why they came to the Lone Star State and what they have added to the diverse cultural mix that is Texas.

* An analysis of the religious census, Churches and Church Membership in the United States 2000, with detailed reports by county and denomination.

* An account of the first Franciscan missionaries to Texas in the 1600s, who were summoned from New Mexico by Jumano Indians and came to the area around present-day San Angelo as early as 1629. El Paso became a permanent center for missions in the 1680s.

* A condensed history of Texas that takes the reader from prehistoric times to the 1970s.

* A history of oil discovery in Texas from the 1860s, through Spindletop and the Permian Basin, and up to the new technologies in the Austin Chalk.

* A list of more than 16,000 Texas place names, including 5,800-plus existing cities, town and communities, as well as more than 10,000 others that no longer exist.

The Texas Almanac contains the latest information on such topics as the natural environment and recreation, with complete listings of state and national parks, historic sites, landmarks, and wildlife refuges and management areas.

The Counties section includes up-to-date population and demographic information that reflects the latest estimates since the 2000 census, along with detailed road maps and profiles of all of Texas' 254 counties.
The Political and Governement sections report the latest from the 2003 Legislature, as well as the names of elected and appointed federal, state and local government officials.

There are also sections on Culture and the Arts, Religion, Health and Science, Crime, Media, Education, Business and Transportation, and Agriculture.

The Texas Almanac is also the handiest source for such uniquely Texas information as the words to the state song, the pledge to the Texas flag and the text of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

"The Texas Almanac contains a broad range of information, everything from agriculture to healthcare and transportation to minerals," said Editor Elizabeth Alvarez. "Besides all of the new features and updated data, this edition also includes a detailed Table of Contents and an expanded Index - two improvements that will help our readers find the information they need in this factually dense resource. The Texas Almanac is truly a one-stop resource for all things Texan, for people who need information on nearly every aspect of the state."

Also available is the Texas Almanac Teacher's Guide, a 130-plus-page professionally written teaching tool that provides teachers and homeschoolers with the tools needed to make teaching lessons on social studies, the economy, culture and history fun. The Teacher's Guide is an indispensable resource in the classroom, with suggested interdisciplinary activities based on information found in the Texas Almanac 2004-2005. Each lesson is coded to indicate how it helps fulfill TEKS and TAKS objectives.

Published by The Dallas Morning News, the Texas Almanac 2004-2005 is available at major bookstores in Texas or directly through the distributor, Texas A&M University Press. The book retails for $13.95 paperback and $19.95 hardback. The Teacher's Guide is $9.95. To order the Texas Almanac, call 1-800-826-8911 or visit


To schedule an interview during Ms. Alvarez's statewide tour, please contact McGill & Associates at (214) 999-6700.

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For more information, contact:
Elizabeth C. Alvarez,
(214) 977-8262