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The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier

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Since it first appeared in print twenty years ago, Ron C. Tyler's The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier has become a classic. Not only does it tell the fascinating social and economic history of the region from the time of the Spanish explorers through its designation as a national park in the 1970s, but it also serves as an interesting background guide to thi ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Texas A University Press
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carl  theaker
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, outdoorz

If you like to camp and you live in the Southwest USA you've probably
made a November-Thanksgiving-Weekend trip to Big Bend National Park.
You make the trip at that time of year because it is finally cool enough
and you have enough time off of school/work to make the long drive, and
it is a long drive from about anywhere.

My first trip was with a group. Arriving at night the hard blowing,
freezing wind had us propping picnic tables on their side as a wind block and
struggled to put up our tents. Tha
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Daniel
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the only comprehensive history on The Big Bend region of Texas I could find. It's a bit dry, but if you've visited the park, you can see the history unfolding around places you've driven across and hiked. The names of mountain peaks, canyons and roads all make sense after a read. For a person who hasn't visited, this will be a very boring read unless you have a deep interest in Texas history.

Big Bend is still one of the least visited National Parks in the US, for good reason - it's very
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Dee Renee  Chesnut
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: history buffs, travelers
Recommended to Dee Renee by: drchesnutwriter@hotmail.com
Shelves: 2010
This information is from the 1975 edition, published by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washinton DC as this was the edition my library had.

About This Book
The Big Bend,an account of human history in one of the most rugged and remote parts of this country, is the collaborative work of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth. Prepared as a reference companion to an exhibition on the Big Bend pres
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Rachel
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This narrative history is a fun read, and provides good, basic grounding in this history of Big Bend. Readers will come away with a sense of the overall phases of modern history of the region (modern meaning the arrival of Europeans). It was originally published in 1975, so some of the racial terms it uses aren't up to today's standards. Additionally, though Indians come up in the narrative, their lives, customs, and history aren't deeply explored. Still: a good read with lots of fun anecdotes.
Deborah Schuler
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read it before you take a trip
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John
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great history of the Big Bend region. It is a fun and exciting read.
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