CITIES: The Driver

Born in a dugout home on a Texas tenant farm, Robert Lee (Bob) Thornton chopped brush, plowed with mules, slept in piles of cotton hulls, saved his money, went to Dallas, got a job as a bookkeeper with a firm that folded, got into the textbook business and went broke, started a "jitney loan" business which grew into the Mercantile National Bank. He grew rich and he grew old, but he refused to relax. ("You can't do a damned thing in a rocking chair—lots of action but no progress!") He lived for

Dallas, promoted the Texas Centennial Exposition, is still...

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