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A Riveting New History of an Ancient West Texas Canyon

Published August 9, 2019 in the Texas Observer, story by Sasha von Oldershausen

Like a cross-section of the desert, David Keller’s book reveals layers of overlapping history in the spectacular and rugged Pinto Canyon.

“Other than by foot or horseback, there are only two ways to get to Pinto Canyon,” […]

Review: ‘In the Shadow of the Chinatis’ recovers rich Big Bend history

Published April 15, 2019 in the San Antonio Express News, story by John MacCormack

For the urban tourists bound from Marfa to the Chinati Hot Springs, the desert canyon is mute as to the human dramas that played out here over the last century.

Tucked into a remote corner of […]

Exploring the Past in Trans-Pecos Texas

Trans-Pecos Texas is located in the north-central portion of the Chihuahuan Desert, one of the highest North American deserts in terms of both maximum and mean elevation above sea level. The region lies along the eastern edge of the Basin and Range province, a physiographically variable land mass characterized by […]

On the Trail with Apache Adams

Apache Adams and Marion BarthelmePeople come from far and wide to experience the Big Bend. The spellbinding desert mountain scenery, the wide vistas and deep canyon gorges, and the majestic mountain “islands” in the basin “seas,” all tend to build in the bloodstream, […]

Hispanic History and Pioneers of El Barrio, Alpine, Texas, 1882-1910

Humans have populated the Big Bend for the past 10,000 years. The Spaniards arrived in 1535 when Cabeza de Vaca traveled through what is now Brewster County. By the close of the seventeenth century Mescalero-Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, and other nomadic Indians of the western plains of North America inhabited the […]

Toyah Arrow Points in the Big Bend

Drawing: Complete Toyah points (Turner and Hester 1985:193)Toyah arrow points (see drawings) have long been recognized as very distinctive and common projectiles in archeological assemblages of the Trans-Pecos region. These small triangular points are characterized by triangular blades, two side notches anywhere […]

West Texas Rock Art

November Big Bend Conference in Alpine Features Popular Rock Art Presentations

By Dorde Woodruff

The director of the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS), Bob Mallouf, was pleased to have a large turnout for the 9th Annual Conference on the History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Trans-Pecos, Big Bend and Northern Mexico.

Especially […]

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