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By Paul H. Carlson

In Empire Builder within the Texas Panhandle, writer Paul H. Carlson tells the tale of Chicago-based William Henry Bush and his function in shaping improvement of the Texas Panhandle from the Eighteen Eighties to the 1930s.
In 1881, Bush secured curiosity within the sprawling Frying Pan Ranch — a ranch that lined counties and bordered what may later turn into Amarillo. The ranch's not likely new proprietor from the north was once a garments wholesaler, genuine property developer, philanthropist, and fledgling cattleman. As an intruder, he introduced his company savvy and imaginative and prescient of civic development to undergo on one among America's final frontiers.
In an age of unrestricted capitalism and flamboyant monitors of wealth, Bush's kind was once quiet and unassuming. an enormous actual property proprietor within the burned-over district of post-1871 Chicago, Bush solid his eye in other places for chance and located it within the Texas Panhandle. There, he risked his destiny and fortune on a zone that have been left mostly untouched via commerce.
By the overdue Eighteen Eighties, Bush had taken higher keep watch over over operations on the Frying Pan Ranch, assuming an enormous function as a company and civic chief within the area. His philanthropic efforts serious about the vitalization of Amarillo—helping to create a group that might come to dominate the Panhandle through the 1930s.

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