The Cast Iron Forest
296 pages, 6 x 9
52 halftones, 12 line drawings, 8 maps, 16 color illus. in section
Release Date:01 Apr 2000
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The Cast Iron Forest

A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers

University of Texas Press
A complex mosaic of post oak and blackjack oak forests interspersed with prairies, the Cross Timbers cover large portions of southeastern Kansas, eastern Oklahoma, and north central Texas. Home to Native Americans over several thousand years, the Cross Timbers were considered a barrier to westward expansion in the nineteenth century, until roads and railroads opened up the region to farmers, ranchers, coal miners, and modern city developers, all of whom changed its character in far-reaching ways. This landmark book describes the natural environment of the Cross Timbers and interprets the role that people have played in transforming the region. Richard Francaviglia opens with a natural history that discusses the region’s geography, geology, vegetation, and climate. He then traces the interaction of people and the landscape, from the earliest Native American inhabitants and European explorers to the developers and residents of today’s ever-expanding cities and suburbs. Many historical and contemporary maps and photographs illustrate the text.
Richard V. Francaviglia is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington.
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. "The Natural Curiosities Of The Country": A Brief Natural History Of The Cross TimbersChapter 2. "Through Forests Of Cast Iron": The European American Encounter With The Cross TimbersChapter 3. "The Destroying Axe Of The Pioneer": The Transformation Of The Cross Timbers Chapter 4. "Now We Have The Modern Cross Timbers: The Persistence Of A Perceptual RegionSummary And Conclusion: "The Delightful Scenery We Have Traversed" Notes Bibliography Index
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