Start your engines and follow the backroads, the historical paths, and the scenic landscape that were fashioned by geologic Ice Ages and traveled by Big Thicket explorers as well as contemporary park advocates–all as diverse as the Big Thicket itself. From Spanish missionaries to Jayhawkers, and from timber barons to public officials, you will meet some unusual characters who inhabited an exceptional region. The Big Thicket and its National Preserve contain plants and animals from deserts and swamps and ecosystems in between, all together in one amazing Biological Crossroad. The fifteen tours included with maps will take you through them all.
Visitors curious about a legendary area will find this book an essential companion in their cars. Libraries will use the book as a reference to locate information on ghost towns, historic events, and National Preserve features.
“A result of a prodigious amount of local research as well as a great deal of driving and tramping around, this book might end up as a classic.”—Thad Sitton, author of Backwoodsmen: Stockmen and Hunters along a Big Thicket River Valley
“Lorraine Bonney is a really fine writer–clear, precise, and descriptive.”—F. E. Abernethy, author of Tales from the Big Thicket
“Bonney’s book is a compendium of information otherwise not available or ‘swept under the rug.’ Not just a guide, this is a reference book to local history.”—Professor Pete A. Y. Gunter, author of The Big Thicket: An Ecological Reevaluation