Texas Almanac, 1970-1971 Page: 12
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CAMPERS and other sightseers find an infinite variety in Texas, from the thick woods and inviting waters
of East Texas' forests, lakes and parks to West Texas' rugged peaks.
SCENIC- RECREATIONAL- HISTORICAL
The "world of difference" offered by scenic, recrea-
tional and historic Texas is summarized in this discus-
sion written especially for the Texas Almanac by Texas
Tourist Development Agency, Austin. That agency,
Texas Highway Department's Travel and Information
Division and the county and city descriptions in the
Texas Almanac are among the principal sources of
information about vacation and recreational attrac-
Long before the first men came, there was the land
we call Texas-tall as a pine in a briar thicket, friend-
ly as cool springs on a thirsty day, as rugged as the
rocks that crown its mountains.
Its coast watched a tireless tide carry whitecaps to
the sand, then tumble gently back into the Gulf.
Its hills hid deer and antelope. Its mountains heard
the lonely call of the coyote.
Its valleys were home for turkey, while jackrabbits
darted the plains. And bass splashed the lakesides at
Then man came. Settlers rode warily into a new
frontier, chased Indians toward the western high coun.
try and built forts.
The early Texan left his brand on the country, in-
cluding ghost towns, crumbling ruins of frontier out-
posts and the gingerbread architecture of quiet com-
munities. This brand is a monument to the struggle for
progress. It's there to be seen, to be remembered.
And with progress came Texas' broad superhigh-
ways, tying together cities, cutting down distances.
Man still worked. But now man had more time to
play. Relaxation became a fringe benefit. Families
traveled because there were things to see and things to
do and getting there was easy.
Texas kept pace. Cities and communities developed
new attractions while preserving the past. Recreation
became a sought-after way of life.
More and more people discovered the treasure of a
Texas vacation-a vacation that offered all travelers
"a world of difference."
So take a trip to any kind of country. It can all be
found beneath the Lone Star. Take a journey through
scenic, historic and recreational Texas.
Texas lies neatly sandwiched between two slender
threads of water called the Red River and the Rio
Grande. It's a land that's always changing. It's a land
for all seasons. And to see it, just follow the sun.
East Texas is a country of many colors. Red roses
dot the gardens of Tyler. The snowy white of dogwood
lines the trails at Palestine and Woodville. In Kilgore,
the weathered grey of oil derricks blends tightly into
the "World's Richest Acre." But the terrestrial blanket
is green, painted by the needles of pine forests. And au-
tumn lacquers many colors on the Texas maple,
black gum and oak.
Four national forests-Sam Houston, Angelina,
Davy Crockett and Sabine-offer camping, picnicking,
hunting, fishing and hiking along 658,000 shaded acres
of East Texas.
Picturesque communities like Evergreen,
Coldspring, Pointblank and Apple Springs nestle in the
woodland. Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Reservoirs,
bass kingdoms, slice through the pine.
Much of the national forest country remains a mys-
tery. Its secrets are hidden in "the Big Thicket," a
block of timbered land that has managed to stay lost.
Once it was a favorite hunting ground for the Indian.
Then it became a hideout for renegades, Civil War de-
serters, outlaws and runaway slaves.
Now it is quiet-ruffled only by bird calls and bird
watchers. Ivory-billed woodpeckers were once believed
extinct, until they were found living in the thicket be-
side the snowy egret, the ruby-throated hummingbird
and scissortailed flycatcher.
Twenty-one varieties of orchid grow deep in the
Thicket. One is the rare winter white orchid. Four
meat-eating plants, the scarlet buckeye and trumpet
vine are found here.
Panther, bear, deer, mink, otter and bobcat thrive
in the brush. It's a strange land, still untamed.
In Northeast Texas the iron ore hills are creased
A Message of Gratitude
The publishers of the Texas Almanac ex-
press gratitude for the invaluable help of all
who supplied information and pictures. We re-
gret that the large number of cooperators and
limited space make individual acknowledg-
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