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The Resource How come it's called that? : place names in the Big Bend country, by Virginia Madison & Hallie Stillwell

How come it's called that? : place names in the Big Bend country, by Virginia Madison & Hallie Stillwell

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How come it's called that? : place names in the Big Bend country
Title
How come it's called that?
Title remainder
place names in the Big Bend country
Statement of responsibility
by Virginia Madison & Hallie Stillwell
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Language
eng
Summary
Tall tales and speculation have long surrounded the origins of place names in the Big Bend Country--that "wild, thorn-incubating frontier" known earlier as the Bad Lands of Texas. The "Big Bend" refers to the crooked elbow of the Rio Grande, which curves around almost seven million acres of canyon, mountain and desert. It encompasses towns, canyons, creeks and draws bearing such curious and intriguing names as Vinegarron, Cow Heaven, Shot Tower, Pummel Peak, and Robber's Roost. Invariably these names cause the visitor to point and ask "How come it's called that?" This history of Big Bend name-christenings is designed to answer that question. Authors Virginia Madison and Hallie Stillwell obtained interviews, pored over old maps and newspapers, tracked down documents, forded streams, and junketed vertically up the mountains of the Big Bend to find the folktales, and the authentic stories too, behind the names. Travelers along highways 118 and 67 will thumb through this book to find out about Marathon, Alpine, and Maverick Mountain. Langtry visitors (Was it or wasn't it named for Lily Langtry?) will enjoy tales of irascible Judge Roy Bean. Tourists to the Big Bend National Park will marvel at the three-quarters of a million acres of mountainous magnificence. How Come It's Called That? will add greatly to their enjoyment of the area by relating the lore behind the landmarks. This little treasury of stories, preserving the richness of folk history and thought, will please tourists, residents, and armchair adventurers. Written informally, with fascinating sidelights and a charming conversational style, here is a chronicle of topographic name-calling by Texans -- Book jacket
Cataloging source
BNG
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
How come it's called that? : place names in the Big Bend country, by Virginia Madison & Hallie Stillwell
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
What's in a name--history and happenings -- The Big Bend National Park -- Place names in the park -- Place names on the other side of the fence -- Place names west of the park and along Highway 118 -- Down the tracks--heading west -- Southwest Big Bend and down the Rio Grande
Control code
2057838
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
129 pages
Lccn
58013146
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of Wilfred and Bridget Webb, 1990 (Access. No. 1990-050). Bookplate of The Wilfred Webbs. With dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 3 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 1 publisher's blurb; 1 copied newspaper clipping. With covered dust jacket.
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Label
How come it's called that? : place names in the Big Bend country, by Virginia Madison & Hallie Stillwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
What's in a name--history and happenings -- The Big Bend National Park -- Place names in the park -- Place names on the other side of the fence -- Place names west of the park and along Highway 118 -- Down the tracks--heading west -- Southwest Big Bend and down the Rio Grande
Control code
2057838
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
129 pages
Lccn
58013146
Note
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of Wilfred and Bridget Webb, 1990 (Access. No. 1990-050). Bookplate of The Wilfred Webbs. With dust jacket.
  • Library{u2019}s copy 3 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 1 publisher's blurb; 1 copied newspaper clipping. With covered dust jacket.
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illustrations

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