The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Johnston, and other topographical engineers enabled travelers and mer-
chants to move safely through the Big Bend and provided the military
access to Indian strongholds. In I882 the Southern Pacific and the Gal-
veston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railroads completed the laying of
track to Alpine. This, along with good roads and peaceful red-white rela-
tions encouraged settlement.
Tyler also deals with the region's economic development (principally
ranching and mining) and the protracted border violence between Mexico
and the United States that lasted off and on from the early I8oos until
after World War I. He concludes with a chapter on the national park and
the stalemated efforts to establish an international reservation on the Rio
Grande. Once called the "Bloody Bend," it is now a haven for poets,
writers, artists, and those who want to experience an environment relative-
ly unaffected by the ravages of twentieth century man. It truly remains
Texas's last frontier.
The Big Bend was a collaborative effort between the National Park Ser-
vice and the Amon Carter Museum. The book's publication coincided with
the opening of an exhibit of contemporary and historical photographs of
the area which was on tour across Texas until September, I976. Fea-
tured were the photographs of Bank Langmore, W. D. Smithers, Ansel
Adams, and others. Tyler's work is intended both as a text to supplemest
the exhibit and as a guidebook for the national park. It is well suited for
the dual role with an index of place names and a bibliographical essay to
lead the interested park or museum visitor to the historic sites and to the
rich primary and interpretive literature available. Reproductions of paint-
ings, sketches, woodcuts, and early maps in addition to the superb color
photographs of Langmore and a fine selection of black and white photo-
graphs further enhance the volume.
Texas Historical Commission JOHN R. JAMESON
The Mexican Kickapoo Indians. By Felipe A. Latorre and Dolores L.
Latorre. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1976. Pp. xix+36I.
Illustrations, notes, glossary, map, bibliography, index. $15.95.)
It has become almost obligatory for a guest writer, producing a fore-
word to some other author's book, to declare that the work "fills a long-
neglected need." But in the case of the Latorre husband-and-wife team of
anthropologists, the foreword writer was justified in commenting on the
book's "filling a notable gap in our knowledge of the Kickapoos" (p. xiii).
Before the Latorres talked their way into the good graces of this an-

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