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Gospel Tracks Through Texas: The Mission of the Chapel Car Good Will (Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life) [Hardcover]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.64" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.27 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2005
Publisher   Texas A&M University Press
ISBN  1585444340  
EAN  9781585444342  

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In 1895 a different kind of railroad car rolled into Texas, bringing the "good news" of the evangelical Gospel to transient railroad workers and far-flung communities alike. A ministry to railroad men and their families lay at the heart of chapel car work, which over a period of fifty years saw thirteen rail chapel cars minister to thousands of towns, mainly west of the Mississippi. Author Wilma Rugh Taylor's portrayal of this ministry for the one car, Good Will, which served Texas, provides a view of life in towns such as Denison, Texline, Marshall, San Antonio, Laredo, Abilene, and Dalhart. The railroads that carried the Texas chapel car included the Texas & Pacific; the Missouri, Kansas & Topeka; the Southern Pacific; the International & Great Northern; and the Mexican International. Taylor writes about the travels of Good Will with fondness and an eye for detail. She describes the car itself (its living area was just nine by eighteen feet with a decorative rococo stencil on the ceiling), the missionary couples who traveled in it, the services that were held. She considers the philanthropists who supported the mobile chapel and the guilt and other motives that moved them. She looks at the issues the chapel car faced as it rolled into town: temperance, turbulent religious rivalries, racism and immigration, the role of Masons and other lodges in rural society, and even the devastating Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston. A novel window onto Texas and railroad history, this book tells a warmly human story set on a larger stage of charitable works, evangelical fervor, and social change. A window into Texas and railroad history, this book recounts the ministry of a chapel car that brought the "good news" to railroad workers and rural Texas towns beginning in 1895. Besides describing the car itself and the missionaries who traveled in it, Taylor considers issues it faced such as temperance, religious rivalries, racism and immigration, and even the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston.

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More About Wilma Rugh Taylor

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Wilma Rugh Taylor, an author, historian, and former journalism teacher, is an active member of the American Baptist Historical Society and National Railroad Historical Association. With her husband, she is the co-author of a previous book on chapel cars nationally, "This Train Is Bound for Glory: The Story of ""America""'s Chapel Cars." Their research encouraged the restoration of chapel car Grace, which is currently in progress at the Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Wilma Rugh Taylor currently resides in the state of Indiana.

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Scholars praise Taylor's book  Nov 30, 2005
"Gospel Tracks through Texas offers an exceptionally well-crafted examination of the nearly forgotten railroad chapel car phenomenon. This study of the chapel car Good Will is wonderful church history, railroad history, social history, and Texas history." H. Roger Grant, Clemson University

Gospel Tracks through Texas is "a fine work of social, cultural, and religious history. Taylor's style is almost cinematographic. . . . It's a powerful narrative and great fun to read." Paul C. Stone, University of Minnesota

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