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The secretive beauty and mystery of the Big Thicket of East Texas would inevitably inspire tales—and the pioneers who came to terms with this land were an individualistic and legend-creating lot. In Tales from the Big Thicket, Francis E. Abernethy presents a collection of stories about the Big Thicket and its people. He begins with a brief survey history of the region and then presents anecdotes and tales that introduce us to the people of the Big Thicket and to the land. The reader will find herein the history and folklore of the area, including a collection of Alabama-Coushatta tales, a Civil War episode involving a search for hidden Jayhawkers, a travel account from the nineteenth century, and a history of one of the region's legendary families, the Hooks. "An enjoyable escape to the wood-culture of the past, to the thrill of the bear hunt of yesterday, to the quiet, natural retreat in the middle of an increasingly urban world."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-5
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Map
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  1. Preface to North Texas Edition, List of Illustrations and Maps
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. The Big Thicket: An Introduction
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. A Sketch of the Geology and Soils of the Big Thicket
  2. pp. 16-21
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  1. Folklore in the Big Thicket
  2. pp. 22-32
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  1. Tales of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians
  2. pp. 33-57
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  1. Settling the Old Poplar-Tree Place
  2. pp. 58-68
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  1. Grandma Harrison: A Day at Drew's Landing
  2. pp. 69-74
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  1. The Battle at Bad Luck Creek
  2. pp. 75-92
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  1. Buckshot and Blue Whistler: An Interview with Frank Herrington
  2. pp. 93-106
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  1. Camp Big Thicket: Life in the Piney Woods, 1887
  2. pp. 107-113
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  1. We Trailed Them through the Marshes
  2. pp. 114-122
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  1. Texas Bear Hunt, 1906
  2. pp. 123-136
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  1. Boom-Town Tales
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. Tales from Uncle Owen
  2. pp. 155-168
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  1. Sour Lake: Spa of the Big Thicket
  2. pp. 169-180
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  1. A Family Full of Legends
  2. pp. 181-198
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  1. Big Thicket Balladry
  2. pp. 199-214
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  1. From Moss Hill
  2. pp. 215-226
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  1. The Saratoga Light
  2. pp. 227-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414981
Related ISBN
9781574411423
MARC Record
OCLC
828870152
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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