Exploring the Big Bend Country


Author: Peter Koch,June Cooper Price

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292779877

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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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.

Beneath the Window

Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend Country


Author: Patricia Wilson Clothier

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780974504827

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 167

View: 1895

A memoir of a young girl's early years of her life on a vast ranch in the Big Bend area of Texas. Her family raised sheep and goats and stuggled against the terrain, weather, panthers, eagles, and other predators during the difficult times of the Depression. Includes charming descriptions of home schooling, best friends, and the social life of people scattered over a huge area. Interesting look at ranching in the area, sheep shearing, predator control and mining in the Big Bend before the Park. Author's family lost their ranch to Big Bend National Park when it was formed in 1944.

Big Bend's Ancient and Modern Past


Author: Bruce A. Glasrud,Robert J. Mallouf

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623491053

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 418

The Big Bend region of Texas—variously referred to as “El Despoblado” (the uninhabited land), “a land of contrasts,” “Texas’ last frontier,” or simply as part of the Trans-Pecos—enjoys a long, colorful, and eventful history, a history that began before written records were maintained. With Big Bend’s Ancient and Modern Past, editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Robert J. Mallouf provide a helpful compilation of articles originally published in the Journal of Big Bend Studies, reviewing the unique past of the Big Bend area from the earliest habitation to 1900. Scholars of the region investigate not only the peoples who have successively inhabited it but also the nature of the environment and the responses to that environment. As the studies in this book demonstrate, the character of the region has, to a great extent, dictated its history. The study of Big Bend history is also the study of borderlands history. Studying and researching across borders or boundaries, whether national, state, or regional, requires a focus on the factors that often both unite and divide the inhabitants. The dual nature of citizenship, of land holding, of legal procedures and remedies, of education, and of history permeate the lives and livelihoods of past and present residents of the Big Bend.

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: 8512

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.

God's Country Or Devil's Playground

The Best Nature Writing from the Big Bend of Texas


Author: Barney Nelson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292755802

Category: Nature

Page: 321

View: 8062

The dramatic desert landscapes of the Big Bend country along the Texas-Mexico border reminded historian Walter Prescott Webb of "an earth-wreck in which a great section of country was shaken down, turned over, blown up, and set on fire." By contrast, naturalist Aldo Leopold considered the region a mountainous paradise in which even the wild Mexican parrots had no greater concern than "whether this new day which creeps slowly over the canyons is bluer or golder than its predecessors, or less so." Whether it impresses people as God's country or as the devil's playground, the Big Bend typically evokes strong responses from almost everyone who lives or visits there. In this anthology of nature writing, Barney Nelson gathers nearly sixty literary perspectives on the landscape and life of the Big Bend region, broadly defined as Trans-Pecos Texas and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to Leopold and Webb, the collection includes such well-known writers as Edward Abbey, Mary Austin, Roy Bedichek, and Frederick Olmsted, as well as a wide range of voices that includes explorers, trappers, cowboys, ranch wives, curanderos, college presidents, scientists, locals, tourists, historians, avisadores, and waitresses. Following a personal introduction by Barney Nelson, the pieces are grouped thematically to highlight the distinctive ways in which writers have responded to the Big Bend.

Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition of 1857


Author: Henry Youle Hind

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108070884

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 6594

Published in 1860, this is a two-volume account of expeditions to investigate underexplored areas of Canada and their agricultural and mineral potential. Illustrated with plates based on photographs, this work by geologist Henry Youle Hind (1823-1908) remains a classic of nineteenth-century exploration literature, intended for a broad readership.

The Lure of Olde Arizona


Author: Robert D. Morritt

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443827886

Category: Social Science

Page: 370

View: 8771

This book affords the reader an in-depth history of Arizona from the Paleographical era up until Statehood. The author has recorded music in Arizona and is a specialist on the advent of the recording industry from its inception in Arizona during the 1950s and 60s. The book examines the early ‘roots’ of the indigenous people, together with contemporary accounts of early settlers. The author hopes that the reader will derive as much satisfaction from reading this book as he did compiling it!

The Story of Early Days in the Big Bend Country

Breaking Trails, Rush of Miners, Coming of Cattlemen, Making Homes, Pioneer Hardships in the Big Bend Country


Author: William Stanley Lewis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Frontier and pioneer life

Page: 35

View: 956

An Illustrated History of the Big Bend Country

Embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin Counties, State of Washington


Author: Richard F. Steele,Arthur P. Rose

Publisher: N.A


Category: Adams County (Wash.)

Page: 1024

View: 2862

Forgotten Trails

Historical Sources of the Columbia's Big Bend Country


Author: Ron Anglin

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 287

View: 9115

"Indian inhabitants laid out the basic travel routes in central Washington's Grand Coulee country probably 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. In the early 1800s, the semi-nomadic Sinkiuse and other Native Americans continued to use these routes through the spectacular coulees. Following in their footsteps came a host of white explorers and frontiersmen - at first in a trickle, then in greater numbers by mid-century." "Forgotten Trails is a compilation of the most significant firsthand accounts of travel through the region. Included here are the writings of explorers, fur traders, missionaries, railroad surveyors, scientists, and artists, as well as miners, stockmen, military road builders, and packers. A chapter on traditional Plateau Indian culture, and an oral history describing 19th century Indian life in the Grand Coulee area, offer a Native American perspective."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Big Bend

A History of the Last Texas Frontier


Author: Ronnie C. Tyler

Publisher: N.A


Category: Big Bend National Park (Tex.)

Page: 288

View: 7754

A Most Singular Country

A History of Occupation in the Big Bend


Author: Arthur R. Gómez

Publisher: Charles Redd Center for Western Studies


Category: History

Page: 241

View: 3725

On the border of Mexico, southeast of El Paso where the Rio Grande makes a wide, graceful turn to the north and then south again, the peaks and canyons of Big Bend National Park are anomalies in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert. As impressive as the springs and surrounding fauna and flora are, the human presence in this strategically important oasis is equally noteworthy. Competition in the Big Bend has more than once attained international significance. Apaches, Comanches, Seminoles, and Kickapoos; Spanish adventurers; mountain men and miners; presidio troops; buffalo soldiers; vaqueros and farmers; revolutionaries; and bandits guided by a shoot-first-ask-questions-later ethic have all left their mark here. In the sixteenth century 10,000 Native Americans farmed watermelons, cantaloupes, and tobacco in the fertile flood-plain. In the eighteenth century 4,000 Spanish settlers claimed the region to raise apples, peaches, and figs. Yankees replaced the Spanish when silver was discovered, replaced by Mexican cattle ranchers, who later made way for American cotton growers. In the early twentieth century, it was the landscape itself, especially the hot springs, that became the Big Bend's greatest asset, resulting in the creation of a state park in 1933 and a national park two years later.

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: TAMU Press


Category: Nature

Page: 185

View: 6929

An introduction to the trees and shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish and insects.

Exploring Texas with Children


Author: Sharry Buckner

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing

ISBN: 9781556226243

Category: Travel

Page: 275

View: 3311

A selection of places children will enjoy in Texas Gives enough description to decide if your family will enjoy the attractions mentioned. It covers mainly the back roads and small towns.

A Guide for the Big Bend

What to See and Do in Big Bend National Park


Author: Helen Maxwell

Publisher: N.A


Category: Big Bend National Park (Tex.)

Page: 74

View: 8952

Tenderfoot Teacher

Letters from the Big Bend, 1952-1954


Author: Aileen Kilgore Henderson

Publisher: TCU Press

ISBN: 9780875652641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

View: 1242

In January 1952, Aileen Kilgore was teaching forty-three fourth graders at a public school in Northport, Alabama. Her life, filled with lesson preparations, in-service meetings, countywide meetings, and special projects, seemed grim, and she resolved to change it. Remembering tales she’d heard of the Big Bend region in Texas, she wrote to the school board at Alpine, applying for a position. To her surprise an offer came back to teach at a new school within the Big Bend National Park. She accepted. The young schoolteacher was at first overwhelmed by Big Bend—the wildness, the limitless space, the isolation, and the exuberant Texas children. But she soon came to love the area and the people. During her first year at Panther Junction, she met one special ranger named Art Henderson. When he was transferred to the Blue Ridge Parkway that summer, there was a hole in her life. During her two years at Panther Junction, Aileen wrote long and frequent letters—to her father working for the railroad at Boligee, Alabama, to her mother and sister living in Brookwood, Alabama, to her sisters in Tuscaloosa and San Diego, and finally, the second year, to Art Henderson. Those edited letters make up this book.