The Big Bend

A History of the Last Texas Frontier

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Author: Ronnie C. Tyler

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890967065

Category: History

Page: 286

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

A Field Guide to Birds of the Big Bend

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Author: Roland Wauer

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing

ISBN: 1461732425

Category: Nature

Page: 290

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This field guide offers information on the 450 bird species of the Big Bend, including behavior notes, status reports, statistics, records, and much more.

Ghost Schools of the Big Bend

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Howard Payne University Pre

ISBN: 0615191347

Category: Brewster County (Tex.)

Page: 165

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A detailed study of education on the frontier, in one small spot it Southwest Texas which covers a 60-year period. The subject is the school in particular.

Tales of the Big Bend

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Author: Elton Miles

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890963609

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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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.

Chronicles of the Big Bend

a photographic memoir of life on the border

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Author: Wilfred Dudley Smithers

Publisher: Madrona Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 144

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Chronicles of the Big Bend "is a treat indeed for aficionados of photography, the Big Bend country, and local history in general .... (Smithers') camera and pen have recorded a way of life that even the establishment of a national park could not preserve."

Exploring the Big Bend Country

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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.

Legendary Locals of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains, Texas

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Author: Jim Glendinning

Publisher: Legendary Locals

ISBN: 1467100544

Category: History

Page: 125

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"Home of the Last Frontier" is how the local radio station aptly describes the Big Bend and Davis Mountains region of West Texas, the sparsely populated area of desert and mountain close to the Mexican border. After 1848, the first settlers started to move in. They came to make a living, and a few made a fortune. Mysterious cattle baron Milton Faver ran 10,000 cattle in the 1870s. Others came for their health, like J.O. Langford, his wife, and young daughters who, seeking a dry climate, came to homestead on the Rio Grande. Today's newcomers are equally pioneering in their own way. Donald Judd was the catalyst that changed Marfa from a moribund cow town to an internationally recognized art center. Edie Elfring, an immigrant from a small island in the Baltic Sea, has picked up trash and tended Alpine's public gardens--unasked and unpaid--for years. They were drawn to what their predecessors found: a boundless landscape peopled by a few hardy, independent souls.

Letters from the Big Bend: Legacy of a Pioneer

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Author: Diane Garner

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1462016103

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

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March 4, 1911). . . and even at night when I cross the turbulent waters of the Rio Grande and listen to the music her waters make in their mad rush to the sea, it seems to say, I pass on and on, but not you. Lonely musings and vivid accounts of daily life along the Mexican border provide an intriguing glimpse into frontier life in Texas during the troubled times of the Mexican Revolution. Jim Landrum was a successful lawyer when he left Florida in 1908 to recover from tuberculosis in the West. After a regimen of mercury treatments, he settled in the Big Bend and gradually regained his strength. He found a place in the border community as a trading post manager, justice of the peace, postmaster, and medic and married the daughter of a respected Mexican family. Frequent letters to family in Pensacola shared his joys and problems. The most devastating of these to be falsely accused of a crimewith no hope for a fair trial, he joined Carranzas Constitutionistas as a captain surgeon. In 1914, he rode with soldiers into Mexico and disappeared. The baby he and his wife expected would one day be called The Cinderella of Big Bend.

Baronial forts of the Big Bend

Ben Leaton, Milton Faver, and their private forts in Presidio County

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Author: Leavitt Corning

Publisher: Trinity Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Travel

Page: 146

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The Big Bend Guide

Top 10 Travel Tips, Top 10 Hikes & Top Itineraries for the Casual Visitor

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Author: Allan C. Kimball

Publisher: Great Texas Line

ISBN: 9781892588203

Category: Travel

Page: 104

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This pocket-sized primer lays out a slew of recommended daily itineraries, including the best sights, the best hikes and then the best places to hit after a day on the trail or the river. The guide provides tips on what to see and how to do it best, with thorough lists Kimball has collected over the decades of intimate contact with this national treasure. The Lajitas Sun called it ''a practical, compact, generally well-written and entertaining package of advice. And it s one of the best guides on the market. There's a powerful amount of information packed into its 104 pages.''

More Tales of the Big Bend

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Author: Elton Miles

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 288

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Hidden treasures dot the Big Bend country of far west Texas. From the Guadalupes to the Chinatis and the Chisos, lost mines and abandoned hoards lie like magnets, pulling at the treasure hunter's heart. Or so the stories go. But perhaps the stories are themselves the hidden treasures. The Big Bend has always attracted an unusual sort of settler, and the settlers have spawned an unusual wealth of lore. Their tales live in the oral tradition of the place, adding to its color, mystery, and appeal. There is horse trader Zack Miller, who has to unload two thousand horses bought from the Mexican army of Victoriano Huerta. There is generous Maggie Smith, who trades in candelilla wax (obtained legally or otherwise), raises "stray" children who need a home, and cares for every honest passerby. Evans Means appears, weathering the border troubles the Mexican Revolution spawned by putting "a smile on his face, a pistol on his hip, two languages on his tongue, and [drinking] coffee with anybody on the border." For more than thirty years Elton Miles collected the lively stories and legends that spring from the unique Big Bend lifestyle. A companion to his successful Tales of the Big Bend, this collection will fascinate visitors to the region and will make a lasting contribution to the annals of Texas folklore.

Stray tales of the Big Bend

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Author: Elton Miles

Publisher: TAMU Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 186

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It is pleasant to stray in the Big Bend and Davis Mountains country of far West Texas. The vast spaces, rugged terrain, and sparse settlement invite straying--and tale spinning. In Stray Tales of the Big Bend master folklorist Elton Miles continues to intrigue and enchant with stories of the region and its culture--from mysteries in the desert to cowboy revivals.

The Story of Big Bend National Park

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Author: John Jameson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292788622

Category: Nature

Page: 212

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A breathtaking country of rugged mountain peaks, uninhabited desert, and spectacular river canyons, Big Bend is one of the United States' most remote national parks and among Texas' most popular tourist attractions. Located in the great bend of the Rio Grande that separates Texas and Mexico, the park comprises some 800,000 acres, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, and draws over 300,000 visitors each year. The Story of Big Bend National Park offers a comprehensive, highly readable history of the park from before its founding in 1944 up to the present. John Jameson opens with a fascinating look at the mighty efforts involved in persuading Washington officials and local landowners that such a park was needed. He details how money was raised and land acquired, as well as how the park was publicized and developed for visitors. Moving into the present, he discusses such issues as natural resource management, predator protection in the park, and challenges to land, water, and air. Along the way, he paints colorful portraits of many individuals, from area residents to park rangers to Lady Bird Johnson, whose 1966 float trip down the Rio Grande brought the park to national attention. This history will be required reading for all visitors and prospective visitors to Big Bend National Park. For everyone concerned about our national parks, it makes a persuasive case for continued funding and wise stewardship of the parks as they face the twin pressures of skyrocketing attendance and declining budgets.

The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas, 1911-1921

The Last Cavalry Frontier

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Author: Thomas Smith

Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn

ISBN: 9781625110473

Category: History

Page: 350

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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.

Cinderella's Daughter and the Secret of Big Bend

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Author: Diane Garner

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475901023

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

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Diane Garner considers herself a small town Texas Anglo girl with an astonishingly successful single mom. She experiences a dramatic transition from desperate poverty that resulted when her father abandoned the family. The family finds prosperity in a small Texas town when her mother becomes a hospital executivea very unusual career for a woman in the fifties. Diane grows up in the nurturing community where she enjoys various adventures and mischievous pranks with friends. One day at the age of twenty-two she learns a startling secret about her mothers hidden past, then embarks on a journey to restore the lost legacy of her family.

Geology of the Big Bend area, Texas

field trip guidebook with road log and papers on natural history of the area

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Author: West Texas Geological Society

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Geology, Stratigraphic

Page: 248

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