McKittrick Canyon: A Beautiful History

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The Guadalupe Mountains hold what some call the most beautiful spot in Texas. Once home to the Mescalero Apaches, McKittrick Canyon is an alluring wonderland of lush and abundant flora and fauna. It is named for Captain Felix McKittrick, who acquired the land for ranching in 1869. Legends of lost Spanish gold mines drew many unsuccessful prospectors before the turn of the century. Later, through the monumental efforts of early landowners J.C. Hunter Sr. and Wallace Pratt, the canyon was preserved as a pristine portion of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Each fall, eager visitors witness a vibrant show headlined by bigtooth maple and a variety of oak trees. Join author Donna Blake Birchell in an exploration of McKittrick Canyon's colorful history.
ISBN: 9781626198685
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: Natural History
Images: 115
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
As a writer and photographer, Donna Blake Birchell greatly appreciates the beauty and gifts of nature. McKittrick Canyon has long been a part of Birchell's personal history and a favorite respite. She believes that this uniquely diverse canyon should have its own story told and not be just a short chapter or footnote in other works. It is her hope that this work will entice many others to travel and discover the wonders waiting for them nestled in the unassuming high desert Texas canyon.
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