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Doyle Phillips
Big Spring, Texas

Doyle Phillips

Doyle Phillips was born 22 March 1939 in Big Spring, Texas -- and it never left him, wherever he roamed. So it was with many people who grew up in the 1950s in Big Spring; itís not exactly a pride in the place that lingers in them, but rather more a pride of place. There was much to laud in those days.

Originally, the city came into being because of the "big spring of the Colorado River" situated at the juncture of three great geophysical features. Prehistoric creatures are abundant in the fossil record of the region. Paleolithic nomads hunted gigantic game thereabout. Amerinds passed through repeatedly harvesting flora and fauna around (now-dry) lakes and springs. The historic array of Spaniards, Mexicans, Texas Rangers, cavalry, outlaws, buffalo hunters and cowboys knew the big spring as the finest of resorts. How could such a rich past not capture and hold the interest of people who took root here?

And so whatever skills Phillips acquired before leaving Big Spring and those augmented by his sojourn in Mexico, Colorado, California, Europe and New Mexico have now been directed toward the documentation of the history of Howard County. He has produced numerous books, videos, posters, poems and photos -- all related to the region -- since his return in 1993.

He works as a free-lance graphic designer, salesman and when the spirit moves he spends a little time at The History Store, his little tiendita in one of Big Springís oldest buildings.

Contributor of photos for the following:
  • Big Spring
  • Camp Travis
  • Garden City
  • Soash
  • Oil well in a cotton field, Texas image
    An oil well being drilled in the middle of a cotton field.
    From Doyle Phillips Collection

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