The Big Thicket Guidebook
Exploring the Backroads and History of Southeast Texas
6 x 9, 848 pp.
100 b&w illus. 16 maps.
Pub Date: 10/04/2011
Temple Big Thicket Series
  cloth
Price:        $29.95

978-1-57441-318-2

Published by University of North Texas Press

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The Big Thicket Guidebook

Exploring the Backroads and History of Southeast Texas

Lorraine G. Bonney. Edited and with Contributions by Maxine Johnston and Pete A. Y. Gunter.

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.

Born and educated in Canada, Lorraine G. Bonney married Houston attorney Orrin H. Bonney. Together they co-authored books on the Grand Tetons and Wyoming climbing. Since Orrin’s death, Lorraine has completed The Grand Controversy: History of Climbing in the Tetons to 1934, and Wyoming Mountain Ranges. She divides her time between Kelly, Wyoming, and Conroe, Texas, deep in the Big Thicket.

What Readers Are Saying:

“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.”


“Lorraine Bonney is a really fine writer—clear, precise, and descriptive.”


“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.”


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