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Exploring the Edges of Texas
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WALT DAVIS is an art teacher and museum consultant living in Campbell, Texas. He is a past director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon and former curator of exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Natural History. ISABEL DAVIS retired as reference librarian at West Texas A&M University.

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." . . the book is not only informative but a pleasure to read." -- Joann Karges, Texas Christian University Library, Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas--Joann Karges, Texas Christian University Library "Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas " "Texans will love reading their history; naturalists will lament the changes but appreciate the sensitive documentation of their efforts, and museum professionals who have lived this evolution seen throughout these pages will be inspired to perhaps write their own institution's story."--Ellie Caston, Senior Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies, Baylor University--Ellie Caston, Senior Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies, Baylor University "Their entertaining, enlightening book reflects their considerable skills as they explored historical, and sometimes still controversial, sites along the Texas borders. . . they have created a wealth of fresh observations about the rich cultural and natural histories of Texas' border areas. . . will inspire others to explore the state's lengthy edges, as well as its vast interior." -;/DIV>--Si Dunn "Fort Worth Star Telegram " "It's an intersting story about the three-way trade system between the Kichai Indians, the Comanches and the French. It's just a great story."--Patti Hamilton, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences & Human Services at MSU, sister of Walt Davis -- (09/21/2011) "Their book has been published by Texas A&M Press. It is called Exploring the Edges of Texas and it is one of the best books about Texas I have read in a long time." "Walt and Isabel Davis are both fine teachers and they know how to arouse the curiosity of 4readers. Each chapter of this book is a detective story, built around a quest for something. "Exploring the Edges of Texas is a book that will appeal to anyone who is curious about the world around us-and that should include all of us. Buy this book now!" -- (09/22/2011) "The result is much more than a simple travel journal; it is also an experience in rediscovering history. . . it is an enjoyable history lesson as well. . . Readers of Exploring the Edges of Texas gain from the authors' dedicated research, love of travel and willingness to exert energy on the ground rather than just staring at a computer screen." -- Chuck Parsons, Wild West History Association-- (12/01/2010) "Whether you are a multi-generational Texan or a one-time visitor to the state, this is a book worth reading. It will help you see Texas with deeply informed and appreciative eyes."--Robert McCracken Peck, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia "Walt and Isabel Davis bring decades of experience in natural history and love of Texas to this delightfully written account of the escapades along its edges. It is history and travel writing at its best and suggests many weekend trips that you will want to take. Be sure to take this book along with you."--Ron Tyler, Amon Carter Museum --Ron Tyler "Amon Carter Museum " "Texas has a rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage. Its original explorers, settlers and defenders were brave, resourceful and colorful. As you might expect if you think about it, not all of Texas' rich history happened in the center of the state; some of the best and most interesting took place along its edges. Thus, Walter and Isabel Davis undertook to explore the edges of the state to learn if the sites of certain natural or historical events could still be found, and if so what stories might reveal themselves. They have done a masterful job. Exploring the Edges of Texas is most readable and thoroughly enjoyable. Its stories will inspire you to visit the Texas borderlands and search for your own stories; it did me."-Mike Berger, retired Wildlife Division Director, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department-- (05/05/2009)

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