Known as "Miss Amarillo," Laura V. Hamner devoted much of her life to recording and sharing the history of the Texas Panhandle. She became known for "prowling" the region, interviewing ranchers, cowboys, and pioneers—and once boldly facing gunfire to meet with a former outlaw. Hamner’s books are now regarded as invaluable sources of Texas ranching history.
Audio: Houston Public Radio
Image: Portrait of Laura Vernon Hamner, c. 1905. Laura V. Hamner Papers, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.