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'Images of Medina Lake' signing at museum


Just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of Medina Dam, authors Karen Downing Ripley and Rebecca Huffstutler Norton have published a historical photo book on Medina Lake.

The Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th Street, will host the authors from 2 pm until 4 pm, Saturday, June 9, for a book signing and reception.

The book, "Images of America: Medina Lake," is published through Arcadia Publishing. The Images of America series celebrates local history of towns and cities across the country.

Using historical photographs gathered from families and residents who live and work around Medina Lake, Ripley and Norton begin their history in the canyon where the Medina River flowed before the dream of constructing a dam to capture irrigation waters was realized. The photographs bring the reader from the initial construction of the dam to the communities and businesses that arose around the lake.

Ripley also served double duty using her photographic skills to capture contemporary scenes in Lakehills and Mico. By the time the book was published, at least two of the images became historical when the Mico Volunteer Fire Department building was razed and when iconic restaurant La Cabana moved to a new home.

A Medina Lake waterfront resident and business owner for over 30 years, Karen Ripley is currently serving a second term as vice president of the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District.

Rebecca Norton serves as executive director of the Frontier Times Museum. This is the second book that Norton has done for Arcadia Publishing. The first book, "Images of America: Bandera County," was published under the auspices of the Frontier Times Museum in 2010.

The book signing is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Frontier Times Museum at 830-796-3864.