TEXAS: Trouble in Buffalo Gap

Time was when high-spirited citizens of Buffalo Gap. Texas (pop. 335) let off steam by bucketing down the main street on their perkiest cow ponies. Then came automobiles—but little else changed. Everyone still barreled through town at a breakneck clip. The sheriff was twelve miles away in Abilene, as remote as he was in the old freewheeling frontier days of wagon trains and trail herds.

Last fall the law came to Buffalo Gap. Unwary townsfolk voted to incorporate so they could get a better school and a municipal water system. What they also...

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