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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Medina Lake Book Signing at Landmark Inn

By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn Site Manager

The Friends of the Landmark Inn hosted a book signing at Landmark Inn State Historic Site last month. Medina Lake is the work of Rebecca Huffstutler Norton and Karen Downing Ripley, and is the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series.

The book is a pictorial history that features more than 200 vintage photos and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped Medina County. The authors’ presentation of their publication was very timely, as Medina Lake will celebrate its 100th anniversary next month.


Ripley is a Medina Lake resident and business owner, and serves as vice president of the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District. Norton is executive director of the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera. Norton has published with Arcadia before. Her first book, Bandera County, was published in 2010.

Several area residents were in attendance and listened as the authors discussed the process of collecting the many photos and stories that went into their book. The audience shared their own fond memories of growing up in the Medina Lake area.


The Medina Lake Dam Centennial Celebration will be held Saturday, August 25. Visit Medina Lake Preservation Society for further details.

The Friends of the Landmark Inn will host another book signing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15 for the book Medina County Texas Quilts, by Bonnie Keller and Madelyn Van De Walle. Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

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