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The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier

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The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:27:27 PM »
Hi All!
I am currently reading The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier, by Ron C. Tyler. Its published by Texas A&M University. Im about a third of the way through the book and so far its a great read! I would Highly recommend it to anyone who isnt from the Big Bend area and would like to learn about the areas interesting history. I wont give to much away about the book, but there are many great black and white pictures and maps. I especially liked the details about early  american and Spanish expeditions. I haven't gotten to these parts yet, but It also covers surveying efforts, settlers in the area, and the steps to becoming a national park! I got the book on eBay for about $10, so its a pretty good steal. Also while looking at books i noticed a book called Naturalist's Big Bend, and a folklore book called Tales of the Big Bend. Does anyone have any opinions on these two or any other recommendations?

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2016, 06:36:26 PM »
Tales of the Big Bend is a great read and a must have for anyone's Big Bend library.   One of my favorite tales is the Glenn Springs massacre.  I like to take the youngsters out to the location of the Glenn Springs store right at about 22:30, the time of the massacre, and read/perform the story to them.  Priceless.

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2016, 09:39:36 PM »
I have read all three books you mentioned and enjoyed them all, but they are vastly different reads. The first is a historical treatment of the area, the second more a scientific approach to plants and animals, and third is local lore and legends. All good additions to the library.

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2016, 09:43:21 PM »
I ordered the Big Bend Naturalist just this morning.  Looking forward reading it in a few days.

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2016, 10:31:23 PM »
I will definitely be getting more books for my Big Bend library, thanks guys!

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2016, 01:42:26 AM »
Hi All!
I am currently reading The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier, by Ron C. Tyler. Its published by Texas A&M University. Im about a third of the way through the book and so far its a great read! I would Highly recommend it to anyone who isnt from the Big Bend area and would like to learn about the areas interesting history. I wont give to much away about the book, but there are many great black and white pictures and maps. I especially liked the details about early  american and Spanish expeditions. I haven't gotten to these parts yet, but It also covers surveying efforts, settlers in the area, and the steps to becoming a national park! I got the book on eBay for about $10, so its a pretty good steal. Also while looking at books i noticed a book called Naturalist's Big Bend, and a folklore book called Tales of the Big Bend. Does anyone have any opinions on these two or any other recommendations?

For someone like me with an interest in natural history, Naturalist's Big Bend is indispensible.  One of the authors was the park naturalist for a a number of years, and it contains information on just about anything you'd want to know about the park's biota.

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2016, 09:39:41 AM »


For someone like me with an interest in natural history, Naturalist's Big Bend is indispensible.  One of the authors was the park naturalist for a a number of years, and it contains information on just about anything you'd want to know about the park's biota.

I've had that book for years.  I've periodically picked it up for reference, but never sat down and actually read it cover to cover.  The subject matter is just not a high interest of mine.  I'm more into history than anything else.



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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2016, 10:12:26 AM »


For someone like me with an interest in natural history, Naturalist's Big Bend is indispensible.  One of the authors was the park naturalist for a a number of years, and it contains information on just about anything you'd want to know about the park's biota.

I've had that book for years.  I've periodically picked it up for reference, but never sat down and actually read it cover to cover.  The subject matter is just not a high interest of mine.  I'm more into history than anything else.



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You might find Wauer's other book more to your taste, CG. It is excerpts from his daily work journal as he was out and about the Park doing stuff. That's where I first learn about Campground Canyon, a place he liked to go do bird surveys.

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Re: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2016, 02:01:57 PM »
I accidently had this book on my bookshelf and didn't know it.  It is a good read.
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