The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers

The Cast Iron Forest: A Natural and Cultural History of the North American Cross Timbers

by Richard V. Francaviglia

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292789029
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 06/28/2010
Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series , #43
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Richard V. Francaviglia is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he serves as Director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1. "The Natural Curiosities Of The Country": A Brief Natural History Of The Cross Timbers Chapter 2. "Through Forests Of Cast Iron": The European American Encounter With The Cross Timbers Chapter 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 Region Summary And Conclusion: "The Delightful Scenery We Have Traversed" Notes Bibliography Index

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