Big Bend



Author: Bill Roorbach

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820322830

Category: Fiction

Page: 174

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The winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, this intriguing anthology of stories explores the complex twists and turns of human relationships in such works as "Fog," "Thanksgiving," and the title story, about a grieving widower, feeling the onslaught of age, who finds himself attracted to a young birdwatcher no older than his daughter.

Tales of the Big Bend


Author: Elton Miles

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890963609

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 537

Now in its sixth printing, the first of Elton Miles's folklore collections tells stories as inseparable from the region as the Rio Grande itself. The tales cover supernatural phenomena such as the Marfa lights and water witching, murders, feuds, and lost treasures. Together, they reflect the rugged land where Anglo, Indian, and Mexican cultures meet. Elton Miles is professor emeritus at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

Texas' Big Bend

A Photographic Adventure from the Pecos to the Rio Grande


Author: Michael H. Marvins,Roy Flukinger,Bill Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781933979496

Category: History

Page: 207

View: 8478

The grandeur, remoteness, rich history, and dramatic ecologic diversity of the Big Bend is dramatically captured in this beautiful collection of intimate photographs. Showcasing rugged landscapes and geological wonders, this celebration of the region includes images of the historic towns and sweeping territory of southern Texas. Capturing the diverse local flora and fauna of the region, this volume illuminates the wonders of nature in new and provocative ways.

Big Bend

A Homesteader's Story


Author: J.O. Langford

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292788398

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 159

View: 2463

To the wild and fabulous country where the Rio Grande makes its big bend, J. O. Langford came in 1909 with his wife and daughter in search of health and a home. High on a bluff overlooking the spot where Tornillo Creek pours its waters into the turbulent Rio Grande, the Langfords built their home, a rude structure of adobe blocks in a land reputed to be inhabited only by bandits and rattlesnakes. Big Bend is the story of the Langfords' life in the rugged and spectacularly beautiful country which they came to call their own. Langford's account is told with the help of Fred Gipson, author of Old Yeller and Hound Dog Man.

Death In Big Bend

True Stories of Death & Rescue in the Big Bend National Park


Author: Laurence Parent

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780974504872

Category: True Crime

Page: 216

View: 1012

Most people visit Big Bend National Park and have a wonderful, incident-free vacation. For a tiny number, however, a simple mistake, unpreparedness, or pure bad luck has lead to catastrophe. Massive rescue efforts and fatalities, while rare, do happen at the park. Heat stroke, dehydration, hypothermia, drowning, falls, lightning, and even murder have claimed victims at Big Bend. This book chronicles selected rescues and tragedies that have happened there since the early 1980s. The lessons you learn reading this book may save your life.

Enjoying Big Bend National Park

A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone


Author: Gary Clark

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 160344338X

Category: Automobile travel

Page: 116

View: 6895

How to Create and Nurture a Nature Center in Your Community


Author: Brent Evans,Carolyn Chipman-Evans

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780292720978

Category: Nature

Page: 250

View: 3646

"Every community needs a nature center just like it needs a school, church, and library. Nature centers teach environmental values. This book is a practical and usable guide to establishing and operating a nature center from authors who did it themselves and who studied dozens of other nature centers across the country. It is full of useful information, and a must read for anyone interested in nature centers."--John Flicker, President, National Audubon Society"The authors' love of nature and their labor of love in establishing the Cibolo Nature Center come through loud and clear. . . . They offer a wealth of wisdom based on their own experiences in a clear, readable style. They also present significant information on where help is available."--Michael Riska, Executive Director, Delaware Nature SocietyPreserving wild land as a community nature center can be a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern living. This practical handbook is designed to inspire, inform, and enable readers to create a local nature center, or help an existing nature center grow and prosper. It will be an essential resource for nature center pioneers, as well as volunteers, board members, donors, government officials, or new members who want to educate themselves about the operation and potential of a nature center in their community.Brent Evans and Carolyn Chipman-Evans give step-by-step instructions for creating and maintaining a nature center. They cover topics such as starting from scratch; gathering support; organizing the organization; building community; handling costs, budgets, and funding; managing land without managing to ruin it; and planning. Photographs, line drawings, and boxes with helpful tips amplify the entire book.

Hiking Big Bend National Park

A Guide to the Big Bend Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, including Big Bend Ranch State Park


Author: Laurence Parent

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493013866

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 5676

Fully updated and revised, this comprehensive guide features forty-seven trails in Big Bend National Park.

Who Pooped in the Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Author: Kemp / Rath,Steve Kemp

Publisher: Farcountry Press

ISBN: 1560373210

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 2421

Watch where you step! Sometimes the animals that live in Great Smoky Mountain National Park are hard to find, but you can always find their poop! Come along with Grant, Julie, and their family as they find poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) and discover which animal made them.

Authentic Texas

People of the Big Bend


Author: Marcia Hatfield Daudistel,Bill Wright

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292753047

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 2733

The Texas of vast open spaces inhabited by independent, self-reliant men and women may be more of a dream than a reality for the state’s largely urban population, but it still exists in the Big Bend. One of the most sparsely settled areas of the United States, the Big Bend attracts people who are willing to forego many modern conveniences for a lifestyle that proclaims “don’t fence me in.” Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and Bill Wright believe that the character traits exemplified by folks in the Big Bend—including self-sufficiency, friendliness, and neighborliness—go back to the founding of the state. In this book, they introduce us to several dozen Big Bend residents—old and young, long-settled and recently arrived, racially diverse—who show us what it means to be an authentic Texan. Interviewing people in Marathon, Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Redford, Presidio, Alpine, Marfa, Valentine, Balmorhea, Limpia Crossing, and Fort Davis, Daudistel and Wright discover the reasons why residents of the Big Bend make this remote area of Texas their permanent home. In talking to ranchers and writers, entrepreneurs and artists, people living off the grid and urban refugees, they find a common willingness to overcome difficulties through individual skill and initiative. As one interviewee remarks, you have to have a lot of “try” in you to make a life in the Big Bend. Bill Wright’s photographs of the people and landscapes are a perfect complement to the stories of these authentic Texans. Together, these voices and images offer the most complete, contemporary portrait of the Texas Big Bend.

The Big Bend

A History of the Last Texas Frontier


Author: Ronnie C. Tyler

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890967065

Category: History

Page: 286

View: 6662

A long needed account of the human invasion of this rugged Texas desert land.

Naturalist's Big Bend

An Introduction to the Trees and Shrubs, Wildflowers, Cacti, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fish, and Insects


Author: Roland H. Wauer,Carl M. Fleming

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585441563

Category: Nature

Page: 185

View: 9634

Given in honor of District Governor Hugh Summers and Mrs. Ahnise Summers by the Rotary Club of Aggieland with matching support from the Sara and John H. Lindsey '44 Fund, Texas A & M University Press, 2004.

Exploring the Big Bend Country


Author: Peter Koch,June Cooper Price

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292779877

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 1055

Photographer-naturalist Peter Koch first visited the new Big Bend National Park in February, 1945, on assignment to take promotional pictures for the National Park Service. He planned to spend a couple of weeks—and ended up staying for the rest of his life. Koch's magnificent photographs and documentary film-lectures Big Bend, Life in a Desert Wilderness and Desert Gold introduced the park to people across the United States, drawing thousands of visitors to the Big Bend. His photographs and films of the region remain among the best ever produced, and are an invaluable visual record of the first four decades of Big Bend National Park. In this highly readable book, Koch's daughter June Cooper Price draws on the newspaper columns her father wrote for the Alpine Avalanche, supplemented by his photographs, journal entries, and short pieces by other family members, to present Peter Koch's vision of the Big Bend. The book opens with his first "big adventure," a six-day photographic trip through Santa Elena Canyon on a raft made from agave flower stalks. From there, Koch takes readers hiking on mountain trails and driving the scenic loop around Fort Davis. He also describes "wax smuggling" and other ways of making a living on the Mexican border; ranching in the Big Bend; the prehistory and Native Americans of the region; collaborating with botanist Barton Warnock on books of Trans-Pecos wildflowers; and the history and beauty of Presidio County, the Rio Grande, and the Chihuahuan Desert. This fascinating blend of firsthand adventures, natural history, and personal musings on anthropology and history creates an unforgettable portrait of both Peter Koch and the Big Bend region he so loved.

Cacti of the Trans-Pecos and adjacent areas


Author: A. Michael Powell,James F. Weedin

Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780896725317

Category: Nature

Page: 509

View: 732

Full descriptions of the 132 species and varities of cacti in Texas with sixty-four maps showing the distribution of each species in the region.

The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas

The Last Cavalry Frontier, 1911-1921


Author: Thomas Smith

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1625110480

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 9394

Even before Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and the following punitive expedition under General John J. Pershing, the U.S. Army was strengthening its presence on the southwestern border in response to the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Manning forty-one small outposts along a three-hundred mile stretch of the Rio Grande region, the army remained for a decade, rotating eighteen different regiments, primarily cavalry, until the return of relative calm. The remote, rugged, and desolate terrain of the Big Bend defied even the technological advances of World War I, and it remained very much a cavalry and pack mule operation until the outposts were finally withdrawn in 1921. With The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas: The Last Cavalry Frontier, 1911–1921, Thomas T. “Ty” Smith, one of Texas’s leading military historians, has delved deep into the records of the U.S. Army to provide an authoritative portrait, richly complemented by many photos published here for the first time, of the final era of soldiers on horseback in the American West.

Big Bend

Big Bend National Park, Texas


Author: Helen Moss

Publisher: Government Printing Office


Category: Big Bend National Park (Tex.)

Page: 127

View: 5913

Big Bend National Park is in West Texas. Major attractions in the park include the Rio Grande River, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Chisos Mountains. Part 1 of the handbook provides a brief introduction and history of Big Bend: part 2 concentrates on the area's natural history; and part 3 presents a travel guide and reference materials.

The Big Bend Cookbook

Recipes and Stories from the Heart of West Texas


Author: Tiffany Harelik

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625852576

Category: Photography

Page: 288

View: 6269

Early settlers of the Big Bend honed a culture of self-reliance, resilience and creativity. Today, this is reflected in the diverse art, music and cuisine of the area that draw visitors undeterred by its isolation. Though sparsely populated, Big Bend is home to nationally acclaimed restaurants and chefs, as well as generations' worth of family recipes. Travel town by town and plate by plate in this culinary and cultural tour through the Big Bend. Indulge in a slice of jalapeno chocolate cake from Lajitas. Taste the way Big Bend Brewery's beer makes beef stew irresistible. Take a bite of an innovated classic with the rich pistachio fried steak in Marfa. From barbecued cabrito in Marathon and pozole in Fort Davis to adventures foraging in the desert, savor a part of Texas unlike any other. Author Tiffany Harelik guides the journey with interviews, history and, of course, recipes.

Big Bend National Park



Author: Steve Guynes

Publisher: Farcountry Press

ISBN: 9781560372868

Category: Photography

Page: 80

View: 9964

A place of merging natural environments, Big Bend National Park is the perfect photographic subject. Desert, river valley, mountain, and plain, are all captured beautifully by photographers Guynes and Reynolds. All seasons of the year are presented, as the terrain is cast in new light in each. From broad scenics of the Rio Grande to close-ups of unusual flora of the region, from shots of the sprawling badlands to images of desert wildlife, the magic of Big Bend National Park is presented skillfully by these two talented photographers.