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Legends of Texas: Lost Mines and Buried Treasure Paperback – February 29, 1992

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In this first mass market edition of a J. Frank Dobie classic are accounts of some of the best known tales of booty hidden in Texas. Also included are eerie stories and the origins of Texas flowers, names, and streams. -- From the Publisher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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THE LEGENDS OF TEXAS are as sizeable and varied as the state itself, and J. Frank Dobie, perhaps the West's greatest historian, devoted years of his life to collecting and cataloging them.

The stories in this first volume of the Pelican series are reprinted from Dobie's Legends of Texas, originally published in 1924 by the Texas Folklore Society, and represent some of the enduring tales that have embellished the history of the state.

Dobie believed that worthwhile literature about his region must be derived from an understanding of its life, lore, and history. The legends in this work, as well as those in Volume II of this series, were regarded by Dobie as "the most influential in opening the eyes of people to the richness of their own traditions."

Legends of lost mines and buried treasure have stirred the imagination and quickened the pulse of man for centuries. These will not fail to do likewise.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (February 29, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882899090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882899091
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was first published in 1924. It contains newspaper and magazine articles collected by editor Frank Dobie back in the 1920s. The articles are, as the title states, about Texas legends -- legends of lost mines and buried treasures. You can read about the San Saba Mine, the Lost Gold of the Llano Country, Legendary Spanish Forts Down the Nueces, Lost Mine Near Sabinal, the Mysterious Gold Mine of the Guadalupe Mountains, and many, many others. I found this book interesting because, frankly, I had never thought of Texas as full of lost-mine legends. Now I know better.
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It was an interesting book. It gave an interesting view of the history and layout of the Southwest that gave way to the many interesting and varied stories and legends that have come out of the Southwest. J. Frank Dobie does a good job of picking out all of the good ones and puts them in book form.
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I live in the middle of Spanish trails and crossroads area of Texas, so I always appreciate and identify with J F Dobie's stories. Most times he's talking about home areas for me. I heard these stories before I knew they were in print, as my grandfather was a friend of the author all these years ago.
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Dobie is the father of Texas treasure tales in that he collected them and wrote them down. Many Texans have grown up with these stories and legends! They are wonderful for the imagination and history buffs
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These are great stories. I have and will buy anything written by the Dobies. However, the only thing I can say about the Texas subjects is that Texas is a huge state and much of their research is concentrated to just a few areas. I would love to see a broader range in an updated book, or more books in the different regions of Texas. And nowadays you just have to include GPS coordinates and Google Maps or something cool like that for all of us in the Techie generation. We're serious about getting out there and getting into the thick of it. At least get us close! However, overall, this is easy to read and wonderfully written as always. I trust I am reading something well researched and know that I won't put the book down that I have ordered until I have flipped the last page.
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i didn't know alot about the history of Texas, and while this book did mention legends I had read elsewhere. I would recommend this book for your library, it's a good research book.
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Reading the stories in this book made me want to chuck it all and go into the mountains for some treasure hunting.
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Great stories, reading, and exciting! Really gets the imagination going and takes you to another place in time! Pure Texan.
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