Suggested Reading List
Wildflowers of Texas
Author: Geyata Ajilvsqui
Description: Easy to follow color coded pages. This is my favorite guide. Can be found in most book stores for $20 which is less than I have seen online.
A Day at the LBJ Ranch [Hardcover]
Author: Sam Savitt
Description: A Day At The LBJ Ranch recounts the exciting adventures of a Boy Scout and Girl Scout during one unforgettable day at the Texas home of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Jackie and Dennis come to the ranch as a personal guest of President Johnson. During their memorable visit they take part in a roundup with the LBJ cowboys, go horseback riding through the countryside, learn about the strange legends of the area, find relics of Comanche Indians, attend a typical Texas barbecue and - best of all - meet and get to know the President himself. A unique, absorbing story, this is an adventure that American boys and girls will want to share.
Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater
Author: Brayton Harris
Description: Chester Nimitz was an admiral’s Admiral, considered by many to be the greatest naval leader of the last century. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz assembled the forces, selected the leaders, and - as commander of all U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces in the Pacific Ocean - led the charge one island at a time, one battle at a time, toward victory. A brilliant strategist, he astounded contemporaries by achieving military victories against fantastic odds, outpacing more flamboyant luminaries like General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral "Bull" Halsey. And he was there to accept, on behalf of the United States, the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri in August 1945. In this first biography in over three decades, Brayton Harris uses long-overlooked files and recently declassified documents to bring to life one of America’s greatest wartime heroes.
Backroads of the Texas Hill Country: Your Guide to the Most Scenic Adventures (Kindle Edition)
Author: Gary Clark
Description: Texas has hill country? Who knew? Well, the Lonely Planet guide to Texas, which calls the Hill Country rightfully one of the states biggest tourist draws . . . an area of gently rolling hills and valleys freckled with cacti and cattle ranches, lined with rivers and dotted with peaceful, picturesque little towns. And any self-respecting Texan might know as much. Forty miles west of Austin and fifty north of San Antonio, the Hill Country is within an easy drive of two of the states biggest cities, putting back-country quiet and beauty within reach of countless urban dwellers seeking respite.
This book brings the remarkable Hill Country of Texas home to the back roads traveler. Whether its wildflowers youre drawn to, or dude ranches, natural areas, historic sites, or quaint Texas towns redolent of history, this is your passport to an experience like no other. Backroads of the Texas Hill Country introduces travelers and armchair tourists alike to the emerging wine country of the Lone Star State, the meticulously preserved culture of East European immigrants, the cowboy capital of the world (Bandera), and the childhood home of LBJ at Johnson City. Follow this irresistible guide into the Hill Country, and find yourself deep in the heart of Texas.
Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures
Author: Elaine Galit
Description: Combining fascinating stories of Texas history with travel adventures around the state, Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures suggests where to go and what to see by tracking historical characters and events. The travel destinations echo the settlement of Texas, the battle for independence, the Alamo, cowboys, vacqueros, Buffalo Soldiers, shipwrecks, and cattle drives. Each chapter includes history, travel routes, best sights, best times to visit, lodging, dining, and sources for additional information. Families, visitors, travelers with a love of history, and teachers and students studying the required curriculum of the fourth grade in Texas schools will find this guide practical and user friendly
Friedrichsburg: Colony of the German Furstenverein
Author: Friedrich Armand Strubber
Description: Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg, Texas, was established by German noblemen who enticed thousands of their compatriots to flee their overcrowded homeland with the prospect of free land in a place that was portrayed as a new Garden of Eden. Few of the settlers, however, were prepared for the harsh realities of the Texas frontier or for confrontation with the Comanche Indians. In his 1867 novel Friedrichsburg, Friedrich Armand Strubberg, a.k.a. Dr. Schubbert, interwove his personal story with a fictional romance to capture the flavor of Fredericksburg, Texas, during its founding years when he served as the first colonial director.
Now available in a contemporary translation, Friedrichsburg brings to life the little-known aspects of life among these determined but often ill-equipped settlers who sought to make the transition to a new home and community on the Texas frontier. Opening just as a peace treaty is being negotiated between the German newcomers and the Comanches, the novel describes the unlikely survival of these fledgling homesteads and provides evidence that support from the Delaware Indians, as well as the nearby Mormon community of Zodiac, was key to the Germans success. Along the way, Strubberg also depicts the laying of the cornerstone to the Vereinskirche, the blazing of an important new road to Austin, exciting hunting scenes, and an admirable spirit of cultural cohesion and determined resilience. In so doing, he resurrects a fascinating lost world.
- See more at: http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/strfri#sthash.ikWnGlxi.dpuf
Great Tales From the History of South Texas
Author: Murphy Givens
Description: The history of the Old West has deep roots in South Texas where the Wild Horse Desert was a lawless land controlled by no authority. The western region of South Texas, from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, stretching west and south to the Rio Grande, was the birthplace of the big cattle ranches, the cattle barons, rustlers, hide thieves, outlaws, and bad men operating on both sides of the border. Murphy Givens brings the stories of the Old West to life in "Great Tales From the History of South Texas"
Available at Amazon.com
Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire
Author: Don Graham
Description: This book is about the King Ranch, but it is about much more than that. A compelling chronicle of war, peace, love, betrayal, birth and death in the region where the Texas-Mexico border blurs in the haze of the Wild Horse Desert, it is also an intriguing detective story with links to the present--and a first-rate read.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
Author: Historic Site
Description: A historically significant park in the heart of former President LBJs country home, the Texas Whitehouse, and influenced by three major cultures: Native Americans, Spanish and German.
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America
Author: Kathi Appelt
Description: Bluebonnets and lady's slippers, larkspurs and blazing stars, black-eyed Susans and Granny's nightcaps.
From a lonely childhood in the Piney Woods of East Texas to an exciting life in the White House, Lady Bird Johnson loved these wildflowers with all her heart. They were her companions in her youth, greeting her everywhere as she explored wild forests, bayous, and hills. Later, as First Lady, she sought to bring the beauty of wildflowers to America's cities and highways. She wanted to make sure every child could enjoy the splendor of wildflowers.
In this warm, engaging look at the life of a great First Lady, Kathi Appelt tells the story behind Lady Bird Johnson's environmental vision. Joy Fisher Hein's colorful wildflowers burst from every page, inviting us to share in Lady Bird's love for natural beauty.
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America
Author: Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
National Museum of the Pacific War
Description: Dedicated to all those who served in the Pacific War. The Admiral Nimitz Museum, George Bush Gallery of the Pacific War, the Plaza of the Presidents, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Walk, and the Pacific Combat Zone are all part of the complex.
Hours: 9AM to 5PM - 311 E. Austin St, Fredericksburg
Roadside Geology of Texas
Author: Darwin Spearing
Description: The geologic panorama of Texas is as wide as the state is big, sweeping from volcanic mesas and thrusting mountains in the west to the red canyons of the Panhandle, along tropical sand barriers of the Gulf Coast, and across central limestone plateaus to the hard granitic terrain of central Texas. Learn about the rocks as you come to them--what they are, when they formed, what they mean, and how they fit into the big picture of the geology of Texas.
The German Settlement of the Texas Hill Country
Author: Jefferson Morgenthaler
Description: This is the story of the founding of New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Comfort, and the other German settlements of the Texas Hill Country.
Refugees from economic and social strife in Germany, followed by idealistic communalists and liberal political refugees, came to the Hill County looking for freedom and opportunity. Landing on the windswept shores of Matagorda Bay, they traced a path across the plains, seeking a future in the hills beyond. There they found a raw, untamed realm where few but Comanches dared go.
Reaching for a promised land beyond the Llano River, the earliest immigrants soon realized that their dream was beyond their grasp, and had no choice but to adapt to the realities of the Texas frontier. Some fared well. Others succumbed to disease, injury, hunger and violence. Most stayed, but some retreated to less challenging locales. A remarkable few established outposts of intellectual fervor in pioneer settlements, debating the great ideas of the day in drafty log cabins.
Bringing with them traditions and perspectives rooted in the feudal and despotic European past, the Germans learned to adjust to Texan and American notions, only to find themselves divided by the great controversy over slavery and secession.
This is a story of hardy, industrious people transplanted into the most challenging of circumstances. It is a story of Texan pioneers.
The Sibley Guide to Birds
Author: David Allen Sibley
Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide
Author: Nora Bowers
Description: A field guide to hundreds of Texas's beautiful wildflowers! Full-page photos and descriptions make this a great guide for beginners and a terrific gift. The material is easily understood by those with no botanical background but also includes important, accurate information useful to those more familiar with plants. This user-friendly field guide is organized by color and size.