Big Thicket Legacy
Natural History
7 x 10, 256 pp.
42 b&w photos. 1 map.
Pub Date: 10/07/2002
Temple Big Thicket Series
Price:        $24.95


Published by University of North Texas Press

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Big Thicket Legacy

Edited by Campbell Loughmiller and Lynn Loughmiller
Foreword by Francis Edward Abernethy

In Big Thicket Legacy, Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller present the stories of people living in the Big Thicket of southeast Texas. Many of the storytellers were close to one hundred years old when interviewed, with some being the great-grandchildren of the first settlers. Here are tales about robbing a bee tree, hunting wild boar, plowing all day and dancing all night, wading five miles to church through a cypress brake, and making soap using hickory ashes.

Lifelong naturalists, Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller explored and photographed the Big Thicket for nine years.

What Readers Are Saying:

“The book is a storehouse of history, down-to-earth information, good humor, leg-pulling spoofs, tall tales and all kinds of serendipitous gems. . . . Readers inclined to fantasy might like to think of two giant Texas folklorists of the past, J. Frank Dobie and Mody Boatright, nodding and winking their approval of Big Thicket Legacy.” --Smithsonian

“The Big Thicket . . . comes vibrantly alive in this collection of interviews. . . . This excellent example of oral history is highly recommended.” --Library Journal

“A big thicket of a book, Americana at its best.” --Christian Century

Big Thicket Legacy arrives just in time for a cozy fall read.” --Port Arthur News


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