Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In his Introduction to El Paso's Scenic and Historic Landmarks,
Binion gives a long-range, even geologic, view of history around El
Paso County that is a good guide. It contains no details about sites
in the city itself that might be of interest and none on the city's
political history; presumably the author expects the traveler to find
these in other publications or in Chamber of Commerce folders.
But its contents are excellent. The photography is superb, giving
one a feeling for the missions and mountains near El Paso, whether
it be a picture of the altar at Ysleta Mission, the sunlight on San
Elizario Church, the massive Christ of the river pass, the fossil
shells in Tom Mays Memorial Park, a windmill at dawn, Mescalero
and Puebloan pictographs, or sotol. The visitor gets a good view
of the area's cultural history.
The author gives good directions along with maps; in one instance,
he even points out a wire gate through which to reach a site. He
obviously had been there. His writing style is pleasing and the text
is spiced with lively, sometimes piquant, phrases: "The visitor can
see a devil of a ways when the smog is thin"; "The visitor must not
wander into the Army's bomb disposal area north of the canyon's
mouth"; "The trip is not as arduous today, and Indians seldom scalp
tourists there"; "El Paso County has been inept in providing pro-
tection for possibly the County's greatest archeological treasure."
Texarkana, Texas JAMES PRESLEY
Fredericksburg, Texas: The First Fifty Years. By Robert Penniger. 'Trans-
lated by Dr. Charles L. Wisseman, Sr. (Fredericksburg: Fredericks-
burg Publishing Co., 1971. Pp. 128. Introduction, illustrations, index.
Casual historians of the Fredericksburg area will greatly enjoy Charles
L. Wisseman's translation of the Fest-Ausgabe zum fiinfzigjiihrigen Jubi-
liium der deutschen Kolonie Friedrichsburg. The information contained in
this volume has been largely inaccessible to the general public, both be-
cause of the relative rarity of the original work and because of the neces-
sity for reading German in order to use it. In translation, the record of
the founding and operation of the Mainzer Adelsverein, the contests and
triumphs of the settlers against primitive conditions and wild Indians, and
the establishment of a "little Germany" in the Texas hill country becomes
open information-as do the accounts of local intrigues, dissensions, mur-
ders, and lynchings. A newly appended index makes access to the contents
all the more direct.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101201/. Accessed March 10, 2014.