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Allan Kimball

Allan C Kimball

I've been writing since I was seven years old when my grandmother put paper and pen in front of me to keep me occupied on a rainy day in my native Vermont. "Write me a story," she said, and I've doing that ever since. My first paying job was at a newspaper (back when 10-year-old kids got to deliver them to your front door before dawn each morning). All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was either a cowboy or a writer, and when I moved to Texas I got to be both. I had a slight detour in the U.S. Navy, but thanks to Uncle Sam I got to see most of Europe, some of Africa, Australia, lots of the Caribbean, and all of the Orient including an interesting place called Vietnam.

For most of my adult life, though, I've worked as a journalist at daily newspapers in Texas. Sometimes I was an editor, but most of the time I was a reporter. I got to cover major league sports, gubernatorial races, prison boot camps, banking scandals, hurricanes, heart transplants, and cowboy hat manufacturing. Thanks to my press pass I got to meet several presidents, sports stars, musicians at the top of the charts, movie stars, Bronco Birnbaum, and beer drinking goats.

In 1990 my wife Madonna and I moved to the Texas Hill Country and started the Hill Country Sun magazine where we met many wonderful people and got to write about them. We sold the magazine a couple of years ago and now just take on projects we love to do.

Rainbows Wait for Rain

Rainbows Wait for Rain

Fiction, Western, Historical Fiction

Set in the Big Bend of Texas in the 1880s, Rainbows Wait For Rain is historical fiction at its best, heavily spiced with blistering action, non-stop adventure, and simmering romance. A sage saloonkeeper, a canny Indian scout, a youthful Texas Ranger, and a cavalcade of memorable characters follow a suspenseful trail with kidnappers, Apaches, Comanches, Buffalo Soldiers, and cold-hearted killers.

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Who is Mother Neff and why is she a state park?

Who is Mother Neff and why is she a state park?

Non-Fiction, Travel, Texas

 

Since 1923, from when the Texas state park system began, no one set of records was pooled together to show all the parks namesakes from biographical data; that is, until 2009 [86 years later] with Allan C. Kimballs WHO IS MOTHER NEFF and why is she a state park?

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Texas Redneck Road Trips

Texas Redneck Road Trips

Non-Fiction, Travel, Texas

 

Where can you find a bait and taco cafe, a real shrunken head, catch catfish by hand, get a trophy for spitting seeds, watch beer being made, play cowboys and Indians using real bullets, eat dead animals while being watched by dead animals, stand in awe at the Toilet Seat Museum (no sitting allowed), observe the sunset in the east, and spend the night in a historic bordello where good looking ghosts roam the hallways? All these and much, more -- Texas Redneck Road Trips will tell you where to go.

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Texas: The Capitol of Capitols

Texas: The Capitol of Capitols

Non-Fiction, Travel, Texas

Why is Hawkins the Pancake Capital of Texas? Why is Friona the Cheeseburger Capital?

Where is the Spinach Capital? The Hippo Capital? The Chili Capital? The Spur Capital? The Fruitcake Capital?

Why is Kenedy the Texas Horned Lizard Capital of the World and Denison the Wine Root Stock Capital of the World?

Sometimes more than one place claims to be a capital, like the watermelon or antique capitals.

Find all the answers to questions you never knew you had in these pages, and learn a little bit more about the Lone Star State than you ever knew in TEXAS: THE CAPITAL OF CAPITALS.

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