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Where are my Big Bend history buffs?

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Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:26:52 PM »
I have a good one for you.... do you know what a "Gwinter Hunt" is?

I'll give you an obvious hint. We're talking about regional folklore.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2019, 03:51:26 PM »
They're very strange looking creatures, or so I've heard. Never seen one myself.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2019, 06:31:44 PM »
Are you talking about this?



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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2019, 07:15:18 PM »
Bingo bango, you found the elusive criptid! But where's the Big Bend connection??? It's in a published book about BB, but which one? That's the fun part.

(This might be too hard, the book is over 70 years old - hey look another hint)

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2019, 10:21:58 AM »
Mody Boatright Tall Tales from Texas (1946)

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2019, 10:45:43 AM »
Mody Boatright Tall Tales from Texas (1946)

Ohhoohhh nice one. I had to go look that up real quick (I work in an archive). I found it in our 1934 edition of that title, pg. 37. But the reference I found this week was in a book specific to Brewster County and Big Bend.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2019, 10:57:58 AM »
For your reading pleasure:
(I'll post the name of the book in a bit)

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2019, 01:15:28 PM »
I was stumped and even having seen the page I'm stumped.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2019, 11:00:32 AM »
I was stumped and even having seen the page I'm stumped.

Ok here's the book. It's one of the smaller books in my collection but it's a fun little read.

Some Facts and Fictions of the Big Bend -  Berta Lassiter and Lucy Miller, 1942.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2019, 11:43:41 AM »
I was stumped and even having seen the page I'm stumped.

Are you "stumped" like the Gwinter is stumped on one side??
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2019, 02:12:37 PM »
No, fortunately all my legs are of the same length.

Some Facts and Fictions of the Big Bend -  Berta Lassiter and Lucy Miller, 1942.

Your collection must be very complete because that title isn't in any of the databases of online booksellers (amazon, ABE). It also isn't in the U of TX library. I did find it in the Bryan Wildenthal Library at Sul Ross.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2019, 03:17:45 PM »
No, fortunately all my legs are of the same length.

Some Facts and Fictions of the Big Bend -  Berta Lassiter and Lucy Miller, 1942.

Your collection must be very complete because that title isn't in any of the databases of online booksellers (amazon, ABE). It also isn't in the U of TX library. I did find it in the Bryan Wildenthal Library at Sul Ross.

My collection is tailored towards Texas folklore. And I didn't know this little guy was so rare but yea, I just looked it up on WorldCat and only saw about 10 copies. Next time I'll make sure I pick an easier book to find!!

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2019, 12:57:53 PM »
Actually I'm delighted to hear about a book on a topic that interests me that I didn't know about.  So make it as obscure as you like.

FYI if you have an interest in cryptozoology you should read the recent I Know What I Saw by Linda S. Godfrey, reviewed in todays Wall Street Journal.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2019, 05:41:55 AM »
Actually I'm delighted to hear about a book on a topic that interests me that I didn't know about.  So make it as obscure as you like.

FYI if you have an interest in cryptozoology you should read the recent I Know What I Saw by Linda S. Godfrey, reviewed in todays Wall Street Journal.

Ooooh thanks. Her book American Monsters was a fun read... I'll have to pick this new one up as well.

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Re: Where are my Big Bend history buffs?
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2019, 02:15:31 PM »
Ok here's another good one. The NPS website mentions Henry "Bobcat" Carter. I'm looking at book that claims people called him Bobcat, Pole Cat, and Prairie Dog Carter. All because he lived in an underground room by the side of the road somewhere between Marathon and Hot Springs. People said he'd pop out of his room and talk your ear off he was so starved for company. Or he got the name because he's cook and eat these various animals. There's even a drawing of the man himself in this rare book. Someone named Willie Green and Guy Lee knew the man (this was from the early 30's).

Any idea which book this came from?

 


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