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Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir
     

Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir

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by Etta Koch
 

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A woman who went West with her husband in the 1840s must have expected hardships and privation, but during the 1940s, when Etta Koch stopped off in Big Bend with her young family and a 23-foot travel trailer in tow, she anticipated no more than a civilized camping trip between her old home in Ohio and a new one in Arizona. It was only when she found herself moving

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A woman who went West with her husband in the 1840s must have expected hardships and privation, but during the 1940s, when Etta Koch stopped off in Big Bend with her young family and a 23-foot travel trailer in tow, she anticipated no more than a civilized camping trip between her old home in Ohio and a new one in Arizona. It was only when she found herself moving into an old rock house without plumbing or electricity in the new Big Bend National Park that Etta realized, "From the sheltered life of a city girl of moderate circumstances, I too would have to face the reality of frontier living." In this book based on her journals and letters, Etta Koch and her daughter June Cooper Price chronicle their family's first years (1944-1946) in the Big Bend. Etta describes how her photographer husband Peter Koch became captivated by the region as a place for natural history filmmaking-and how she and their three young daughters slowly adapted to a pioneer lifestyle during his months' long absences on the photo-lecture circuit. In vivid, often humorous anecdotes, she describes making the rock house into a home, getting to know the Park Service personnel and other neighbors, coping with the local wildlife, and, most of all, learning to love the rugged landscape and the hardy individuals who call it home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292788428
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
07/05/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Etta Koch lived in Alpine, Texas.

June Cooper Price was a freelance writer who lived in Mesa, Arizona.

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Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no place I've been on this earth that I love more than Big Bend National Park in Texas. This charmingly written book gives a glimpse into what life was like there for a young family during the time of the park's first opening. You get a real flavor of life and the open hearted nature of the inhabitants from both sides of the border in what was and still is an extremely harsh yet beautiful part of our nation.