Texas State Historian and Author Bill O’Neal shared some very entertaining stories from his latest book, “Texas Gunslingers” at the Heritage House in Post on July 14. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy O’Neal’s presentation as well as see an exhibit of the author’s vintage gun collection.
O’Neal is the author of more than 40 books and is best known in the Post area for two books set in this county: “The Bloody Legacy of Pink Higgins” and “The Johnson-Sims Feud.” He was appointed Texas state historian in 2012 by then Governor Rick Perry and after serving the required two years, O’Neal was appointed for a second term.
For more than 20 years Bill conducted the state’s first Traveling Texas History class, a three-hour credit course which featured a 2,100-mile itinerary. In 2000 he was awarded a Piper Professorship, and in 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wild West Historical Association. Bill has published over 40 books, almost half about Texas history subjects, and in 2007 he was named Best Living Non-Fiction Writer by True West Magazine. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by his alma mater, Texas A&M University – Commerce.