The San Marcos
A River’s Story
Natural History - Texas History
8.5 x 10, 170 pp.
184 color photos., 26 b&w photos., 1 drawing., 4 maps. 1 chart.
Pub Date: 09/01/2006
River Books, Sponsored by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University
  paper
List Price: $24.95   Price:        $10.00

978-1-58544-542-4

Published by Texas A&M University Press
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The San Marcos

A River’s Story

By Jim Kimmel
Foreword by Andrew Sansom
Photography by Jerry Touchstone Kimmel

Jim Kimmel is professor of geography and Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Southwestern Studies at Texas State University. He directs the university’s Center for Nature and Heritage Tourism, which he conceived and founded. He lives in San Marcos.

What Readers Are Saying:

“The San Marcos River is important to our community, and has been for generations. Our crystal clear river has been home for civilizations even before our time. It is such a delight to have the river stories that so many locals have stored away in their memories written down in a book, so that they are not lost or forgotten. No matter where they are from, readers will love this most enjoyable book. Some of the science involved in aquifers and rivers is also explained in between the stories, which helps with understanding the stories. I hope it also helps educate people about the need to take care of this river, so it will be here for future generations.”--Dianne Wassenich

“The San Marcos River is important to our community, and has been for generations. Our crystal clear river has been home for civilizations even before our time. It is such a delight to have the river stories that so many locals have stored away in their memories written down in a book, so that they are not lost or forgotten. No matter where they are from, readers will love this most enjoyable book. Some of the science involved in aquifers and rivers is also explained in between the stories, which helps with understanding the stories. I hope it also helps educate people about the need to take care of this river, so it will be here for future generations.” --Dianne Wassenich

“The written description combined with the beautiful photography will make the reader wish for a brilliantly sunny summer day to refresh in the clear water of the San Marcos.” --Texas Outdoors Journal

“What do mastodons, treed Gypsy bears, Texas wild rice, blind salamanders, and Ralph the Swimming Pig have in common? They are all part of the history of the San Marcos River, an iconic river in Central Texas. Jim Kimmel’s affectionate and detailed text and his wife Jerry’s beautiful photos bring to life the natural and cultural history of a river whose headwaters are thought to be the site of some of the oldest human settlements—12,000 years old—on the North American continent.” --Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

“In the heat of a Texas summer, readers tantalized with thoughts of cool water can do no better than dive into this book. The San Marcos River is cultural and environmental history at its finest. Kimmel’s narrative—like the fast current of the river itself—carries the reader downstream on a wonderful voyage of mystery, discovery, and pleasure. . .This revered river, its gushing springs, its verdant beauty, and its intensely human dimension, has now found the eloquent spokesman so long needed.” --John Miller Morris, Author of El Llano Estacado

“The story mirrors that of the nation as people view the river across time, as a trail or transportation, a location for rest and recreation (in its broadest sense), a workhorse to be tamed and put into service, and a mysterious and wonderful system whose physical and biological processess have produced and should be allowed to continue to produce and nurture such a unique and diverse biota.” --Frances Gelwick, Texas A&M University Department of Wildlife and Fisherie

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