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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2006, 12:38:18 PM »
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Also,

Big Bend - James Evans.  Don't have this one yet, it's expensive, but I've looked through it more than once at the PJ bookstore.  


pictures are good, but not much in the way of the park in that book if I recall.

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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2006, 12:43:01 PM »
List is updated with the latest suggestions to the list at the beginning of the thread...

46 books!  WOW!!


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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2006, 04:25:08 PM »
Quote from: "BEN AND GENA"
Another terrific book is "Wings Over the Mexican Border" by Kenneth Ragsdale. It's the story of Elmo Johnson's ranch and the airfield on the River Road which he ran for the Army Air Corps during the 1920's - 1930's. We used some of the pictures in the book to locate the old runways at the site... found a lot of what looked like 30 cal. casings along the runways. Always wondered if the pilots practiced their gunnery along them.
Have a hanky ready when you read in the last chapter about Mr. Johnson's last visit to the site with his daughter in the 1970's.

Highly Recommended !


Thanks for this mention, hadn't heard of this one.  There are some cool photos of the airfield in Smithers' book, "Chronicles of the Big Bend".  Smithers had an underground darkroom at Johnson's Ranch.

Wings over the Mexican Border is out of print from what I can tell, but several used copies are available from amazon.com.  (one less now)
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2006, 09:23:57 AM »
I have read close to 20 of these books.  I don't think I have read one yet that I didn't like.  The one exception is the "Tales of the Big Bend" series.  Too much lore and legend and not enough history.  I like the true history stuff.

The Big Bend Pictures book is a good coffee table book.  The pictures are great but a lot of them are not "Big Bend".  My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2006, 09:32:53 AM »
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I have read close to 20 of these books.  I don't think I have read one yet that I didn't like.  The one exception is the "Tales of the Big Bend" series.  Too much lore and legend and not enough history.  I like the true history stuff.

The Big Bend Pictures book is a good coffee table book.  The pictures are great but a lot of them are not "Big Bend".  My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.


Good going.  

Agree...the tales series are entertaining, but can be a stretch, kinda like Coronado's Children (the one on treasure and gold in Texas).  It is a good read, but every gold/silver story has a common thread -- they find the gold/silver, go back to tell people about it, and then can never quite find the spot where the gold/silver was...hmmmmm...


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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2006, 11:30:44 AM »
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My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.


Whenever someone tells me "there aren't any mountains in Texas"....that book comes in quite handy.
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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2006, 11:50:08 AM »
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My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.


Whenever someone tells me "there aren't any mountains in Texas"....that book comes in quite handy.


Those are the same people who think San Antonio is West Texas.  I am still annoyed by people saying they are from West Texas when they say they are from Amarillo...but I guess technically, it's true.  Following the logic that Amarillo was in West Texas, I guess Laredo is in East Texas.

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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2006, 01:07:35 PM »
So according to your map....I?m from West Coahuila :?:  :shock:  :?:

 Never, even gave it a thought  :!:  :!: ...You always learn something on this board.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2006, 01:37:11 PM »
I should note that I drew the lines on that  map.  I drew the horizontal line in the widest part of the state, then drew a vertical line through the center point of the horizontal line.
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2006, 03:46:49 PM »
Back to books....

Clifford B. Casey, Mirages, Mysteries and Reality Brewster County Texas of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
Carlyle Graham Raht, Romance of the Davis Mountains and Big Bend Country

These are mainly human histories - both are out of print but show up on Ebay from time to time.

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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2006, 05:28:03 PM »
I'm re-reading John Jameson's book (#33). I thought it was interesting that the ceremony to cede control of park lands to the Federal Gumint was scheduled for June 6, 1944. Turns out there was something BIG going on that day, so the ceremony was pushed back to June 12th.

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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2006, 07:53:49 PM »
Jameson got it wrong; the ceremony did take place in the Oval Office around lunchtime on June 6.

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Moderator note:
Did You Know?
President Franklin Roosevelt received the deed to the property of the Big Bend on D-Day (June 6, 1944). The park was formally established six days later, and officially opened to visitors in July 1944.
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2006, 09:40:46 PM »
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Jameson got it wrong; the ceremony did take place in the Oval Office around lunchtime on June 6.

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Wow.  I had never heard that.  Thanks for sharing that.


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« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2006, 11:53:50 AM »
Since people in my church know I went to Big Bend recently, several people stop to talk to me about it.  A woman stopped me in the hall and told me she had written a book about Big Bend.  At the time, I didn't realize she wrote children's books.  She talked about the border closing and the problems it has caused for U.S. security as the Mexican Mafia and the Middle Eastern terrorists have taken over the border towns.  She told me Big Bend was a prime spot for terrorists to enter this country, since "they look just like the Mexicans." :shock:  :shock:  (She really said that.)

Not really being able to respond as I would have liked to that comment, I decided to check out her book.  It is a children's book called Dragonfly Pin by Jacqueline Stem.  It is about a third grade reading level and is a mystery.  Those of you with elementary age kids might enjoy having them read it.  It is mildly entertaining.  Other than the facts that the Boquillas Canyon trail starts at Rio Grande Village, Mariscal Mine is a good place for secret agents to meet to exchange information, and families with young children go running up and down the trail from the basin to their remote campsite several times a day it was fine.  :D

Seriously, the premise is weak, but it isn't too bad. There seem to be only a small number of books for elementary age children about Big Bend so if you have kids you can check it out.

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« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2006, 11:33:34 AM »
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She talked about the border closing and the problems it has caused for U.S. security as the Mexican Mafia and the Middle Eastern terrorists have taken over the border towns.  She told me Big Bend was a prime spot for terrorists to enter this country, since "they look just like the Mexicans." :shock:  :shock:  (She really said that.)


Well, let's hope her views and attitudes don't corrupt young minds. She sounds like the perfect voter many politicians would like to see: uninformed and afraid, not to mention apparently at least a little biased culturally.
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