By SALLY SEXTON
Trina Haynes may have grown up in Dallas but once she and her family moved to Weatherford in 2006, her love for history blossomed at the site of Weatherford and its historic downtown area.
That interest helped her spawn her first book: Images of America’s “Weatherford: Historic Walking Tours,” which debuted for sale July 1 through Arcadia Publishing.
“I’m a history nerd and driving around Weatherford with my husband and kids, I noticed all of the buildings and historic markers and took a real interest in them,” Haynes said. “Coming from a bigger city like Dallas, moving to a smaller town sort of threw me off at first, but then I fell in love with (Weatherford’s) beauty, peacefulness and the lack of traffic.”
The desire to explore historic places has always been with Haynes, whose hobbies include visiting ghost towns and taking road trips to older communities.
With her husband and his family born and raised in Weatherford, Haynes’ father-in-law gave her the original idea to compile the book.
“I put together some pictures of old homes, markers, things like that, and kept them in a file on my computer with the idea to possibly do a picture book,” she said.
But her original plans would be adjusted after Haynes saw another book from Images of America.
“From there, I called Arcadia, told them what I wanted to do and asked what I needed to do to start a book from here,” she said. “They gave me an author’s guidelines and what they needed. I did that and pretty soon they gave me a contract.
“It took me about two years to get the book together.”
The 100-plus page publication showcases some of Weatherford’s oldest landmarks, from homes to chapels, cemeteries and famous businesses and their owners, dating all the way back to the 1950s. The book also notes bits of history such as the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
Haynes used a mixture of photographs she had taken herself, coupling them with photos donated by Parker County historians Mary Kemp and V.A. Littleton, and took full advantage of the historic database and resources at the Weatherford Public Library.
“When I looked at the finished project, I just thought ‘Wow, my name is on this and it’s real,’” Haynes said.
Copies of “Weatherford: Historic Walking Tours” are available at local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia by visiting www.arcadiapublishing.com or calling 888-313-2664.
For those interested in an autographed copy, Haynes will be signing books Saturday at Walgreen’s on South Main Street from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.