Friends of Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Conservancy

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

+-Calendar for sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!


Books of the history of Big Bend?

  • 12 Replies
  • 2648 Views
*

Offline 19steve69

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 14
Books of the history of Big Bend?
« on: February 26, 2016, 01:58:49 AM »
I've read lots of books of Texas history but I'm looking at educating myself on the history of the big bend area. I've been to the mines a few times, heard about the the Comanche raiding parties, and even read a little about pancho via coming though there but I would like to get details on those plus other events that happen in the area. Can anyone recommend any good books on the history of the big bend area?


*

Offline 19steve69

  • Kangaroo Rat
  • *
  • 14
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2016, 03:39:55 PM »
Thanks Ranger Tim!!

*

Offline Imre

  • Diamondback
  • *
  • 347
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2016, 06:14:08 PM »
If you asked for just one indispensable book on the Big Bend I would recommend Beneath the Window, by Patricia Wilson Clothier:
http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Window-Early-Ranch-Country/dp/0974504823/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456704405&sr=8-1&keywords=beneath+the+window
Ranger Tim's recommendations are also excellent but be please warned that once you start reading about the Big Bend you may never want to stop. :icon_smile: I can also suggest: http://www.amazon.com/Lizards-Mantel-Burros-Door-Memoir/dp/0292743394/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456704686&sr=1-1&keywords=lizards+on+the+mantel
And if you are a bird watcher with an interest in the history of ornithology or just have eclectic taste in books: http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Chisos-Mountains-Northern-Plains/dp/1258506734/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456704731&sr=1-1&keywords=sutton+and+brandt
For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong.
- H.L. Mencken

*

Offline Jalco

  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1046
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 05:23:29 PM »
but be please warned that once you start reading about the Big Bend you may never want to stop.

I can attest to that.  I've checked out every book in our local library on Big Bend and this Christmas several books found their way onto my bookshelf. 

*

Online Flash

  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1960
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2016, 05:57:14 PM »
but be please warned that once you start reading about the Big Bend you may never want to stop.

I can attest to that.  I've checked out every book in our local library on Big Bend and this Christmas several books found their way onto my bookshelf.
Yep. Trolling the Texana section at Half Price Books has become a fun habit.  :great:

*

Offline Lance

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 856
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2016, 06:25:24 PM »
Mirages, mysteries and reality: Brewster County, Texas, the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
A great book with tons of history of the Big Bend region.  Hard to find too.  Currently 4 used copies for cheaper than what I paid.  I'd scoop one up if I were you.  A worthy addition to any Big Bend book collection.

*

Offline Homer Wilson

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 562
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2016, 06:32:51 PM »
Mirages, mysteries and reality: Brewster County, Texas, the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
A great book with tons of history of the Big Bend region.  Hard to find too.  Currently 4 used copies for cheaper than what I paid.  I'd scoop one up if I were you.  A worthy addition to any Big Bend book collection.
Let's see how long they last now...
Well, the $145 one may be up there for a while.

*

Offline Imre

  • Diamondback
  • *
  • 347
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2016, 08:28:21 PM »
Quote
Yep. Trolling the Texana section at Half Price Books has become a fun habit. 
Now I know who always gets there first.  :icon_cry:
For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong.
- H.L. Mencken

*

Offline alan in shreveport

  • Golden Eagle
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 806
  • Guinness is Good for You
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2016, 09:50:53 PM »
Mirages, mysteries and reality: Brewster County, Texas, the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
A great book with tons of history of the Big Bend region.  Hard to find too.  Currently 4 used copies for cheaper than what I paid.  I'd scoop one up if I were you.  A worthy addition to any Big Bend book collection.
Let's see how long they last now...
Well, the $145 one may be up there for a while.
I just got one - been looking (although not actively lately) and could never quite pull the trigger at $100 - couldn't resist at 50

*

Offline Geezer

  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 668
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2016, 10:21:58 PM »
The last of Ranger Tim's suggestions, Chronicles of the Big Bend by Smithers, is a great book.

Geezer

*

Offline mr.bean5150

  • Coyote
  • *
  • 151
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2016, 09:29:18 AM »
Ditto on Chronicles of the Big Bend by Smithers, why they have not made a movie about this man I'll never know.
"Do or Do Not, There Is No Try"
                                  "Yoda"

*

Offline dprather

  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 2395
Re: Books of the history of Big Bend?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2016, 12:29:08 PM »
Ross Maxwell's book is a nice addition.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


©COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.

+-Calendar For Sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!

Powered by EzPortal

Facebook Comments