It was a time before Terlingua Ranch and chili cook-offs, and you could drive a hundred miles without seeing another vehicle or another person. The year was 1961, and the tides of humanity which ebbed and flowed into the lower reaches of the Big Bend were at their historical nadir. It was a vast, empty land spotted by isolated ranch headquarters, a national park with few visitors, and the many ruins of a past shrouded in legend, lore, and improbable truths. There was no television, no daytime radio, few telephones, and very few people. Ben H. English came to the Big Bend at the age of two, the fifth of six generations of his family to call this enigmatic region home. With his family headquartered at the old Lajitas Trading Post, he worked and lived on ranches and places now little more than forgotten dots on yellowing maps. He attended the one-room schoolhouse at Terlingua, prowled the banks of the Rio Grande, and crisscrossed the surrounding areas time and again on horseback and by foot. Some fifty years later he writes about those many decades ago, as well as the history and legends of this singular land he knows so well. Ben separates fact from fiction and brings the reader into a world that few these days can ever imagine, much less experience. He also writes about the lower Big Bend as it is found now, and what one can still rediscover just over the next rise.
|Publisher:||Texas Christian University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
An eighth-generation Texan, BEN H. ENGLISH was raised mostly in the Lajitas-Terlingua area. An honors graduate of Angelo State University, he served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years, was a high school teacher, and retired after twenty-two years in the Texas Highway Patrol.
Table of Contents
The Perfect Place for a Pterodactyl Farm 15
In The Solitario 55
Land of Broken Dreams 76
Road Closed 94
Pilgrims in the Promised Land 113
Over on the Lonesome Side 155
On the South Rim 174
North of Lajitas 192
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yonderings is the true story of a man's journeys around a place he's called home for the past five generations: Big Bend, Texas. As Ben English tells his story of what it was like growing up down in Lajitas, you get a sense that he was bit of a wild boy -- but growing up down in that part of Texas, you kinda have to be! But it's not until he has to leave the area for school and a career in the Marines and then later as a DPS Officer, that he can truly appreciate the area for what it is. Reading this book has made me homesick for Sanderson and that entire region of West Texas that I like to call No-Man's Land! You truly have to understand the land of that region to appreciate what beauty it has in store. For me, coming from Ozona, truly the Biggest, Little Town in the World, it was awesome to see some familiar names. English's telling of his adventures and the sights he saw is downright interesting and make me want to go explore some of the sites he mentions (but minus the encounter with a certain critter like Ben had!) With a book that is filled with adventure and with stories from Ben's history, this book is for anyone who is looking for that read that has Texas History mixed in with personal stories of a famous landmark in a part of Texas that isn't talked about much. If nothing else, Yonderings will make anyone want to go explore this part of West Texas that has a certain beauty not found anywhere else in the world! Thank You to Ben H. English for writing this very interesting book of the land that we both love -- and for your service as a Marine & DPS Officer! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!