Intriguing Stories about the History of Conservation, Aviation and Photography Technology; insight into Military Battles, Risk Management during times of Personal Turmoil; and examples of Entrepreneurial Success and Succession in the 20th Century Mexico-Texas Borderlands

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Kentucky native Robert Runyon became a self-taught creative master in photography soon after


Beginning in 1918, Runyon branched out into a new intellectual area and taught himself the science of botany. He set out to catalog all native flora in

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Native Texan Prentice Alexander Newman on January 3, 1909, in San Antonio became the first person south of Kitty Hawk, NC,

arrriving in Brownsville. His accomplishments included:

the Texas-Mexico borderlands.  Fifty years later, he had:

to fly a heavier-than-air machine. Three weeks later, he moved to the lower Rio Grande Valley,  convinced a pool of Brownsville investors to finance his challenge to the Wright brothers, and proceeded to make aviation history during a year of intense personal turmoil. His borderlands' aviation accomplishments in 1909 included: 

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Photo Credits: Sabal texana photo by Robert Runyon; Runyon 1909 portrait by Charles Gilhousen, Echinocactus setispinus photo by Robert Runyon, all from Runyon Family Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin; P.A. Newman portrait circa 1900, Lorraine Owens Family Papers; Newman aeroplane in flight photograph by Charles Gilhousen, 1909, The Brownsville Historical Association.

The Collaboration

Although Newman and Runyon followed independent entrepreneurial paths, their careers merged briefly during the height of Mexican Revolution's entry in Tamaulipas.


Journey's Reward tells how the two innovators in November 1913 collaborated on a week-long entrepreneurial assignment during critical juncture of the Revolution.


On this dangerous journey, Runyon and Newman relied upon unique entrepreneurial skills to complete a battle-zone mission filled with danger.

Robert Runyon took this photograph of a Carrancista military convoy in November 1913 en route to the conflict near Ciudad Victoria. P.A. Newman, a driver on the trip, is in the front row, second from right.  Photo credit: RUN00065, Robert Runyon Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Next Event
Book Signing
Dec 05, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Historic Brownsville Museum,
641 E Madison St, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

Journey's reward

For inquiries, please contact author Doug Perkins:

PO Box 203272, Austin, TX 78720-3272

© 2019 Doug Perkins

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