Texas Big Thicket
A little bit of East Texas History and a whole lot of down-home country fun.
|"You'll find every critter in there from crickets to elephants."|
|The claim that elephants abide there is an exaggeration, but little else said about the Big Thicket is an overstatement. Bears and wolves are gone, but bobcats, panthers and coyotes remain. These lively creatures share the area with rugged armadillos, water spiders the size of a man's hand, and the kind of colorful hummingbird that will buzz in your face until you get out of his path.||In the lush
woods, swamps, and canebrakes there are plants of every
zone from subtropical to arid. Pines, oaks, boxelder, and
cypress stand thick and tall along with at least 70 other
kinds of tree.
The largest city in the Thicket is Orange (population 22,525 in 1990), and within its city limits are both thousands of alligators and 14 varieties of wild orchid.
Hidee...! I'm John. Herein I try to paint a picture of a special part of Texas through its native creatures - both human and the higher orders.
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Jokes and myths
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|Is the Magnificent
Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Truly Extinct?
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker is larger than a crow and his call sounds like a high false note on a clarinet. Biologists declared it extinct in 1992, but woodsmen have claimed sightings since then. In 1967 a land owner brought the body of one to the Kountze News. Is this magnificent bird truly gone, or has he only retreated deeper into the secluded Thicket?
|Whether or not carrying a flashlight will prevent an alligator attack depends strictly on how fast you carry it.|
By J. Cullen Browning
Over in the piney woods and canebrake country near and around Hemphill's area of the Thicket, you've gotta have a couple of dawgs if you're gonna raise razorbock hawgs.
First appeared in Texas Parade Magazine, January 1964
Barney's New Caddy
By the Rev. Guston H.
with Mr. Conn
Enjoying a couple of bright spots in life courtesy of a man who received nationwide recognition for bringing happiness to others .
Unbelievable Confederate Civil War Victory
was 48 Houston Irishmen against
a water-borne Union force of 6,000, and the outcome
rocked the citizens of both warring nations back on their
heels. Read the true story of
A little boy learns about settling accounts with his mother.
The Battle of Sabine Pass is a current feature of East Texas at a Glance
|If it takes a lot of
words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
city-slicker in his shinny Lexus was lost and agitated on
a narrow farm-to-market road near Buna when he met a
woman in a pickup going in the opposite direction.
As both cars slowed to a crawl to pass in the limited
room, the lady rolled her window down and shouted
"Pig!" Enraged, the man rolled his
window down and yelled back "Cow!" Then he
stomped hard on the gas and, rounding a sharp turn, ran
smack dab into a big fat pig.
Submitted by the Rev. Guston H. Browning, Houston
A Big Thicket native will back down when something from somewhere else is better. For instance, he will admit that the best hot sauce comes from across the Sabine River in Louisiana.
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The Best Laid Plans ...
This happened when Rev. David Parker was pastor of the Methodist Church in Hemphill. A man who was new in the church came to David at a covered dish lunch after church one Sunday and asked if David would introduce him to that good-looking blonde who was sitting by herself at a nearby table. "I've noticed," said the man, "that she is always by herself in the worship services, too.
David said, "Sure, I'll be glad to introduce you."
They walk over to the blonde's table and David said to the man, "I'd like for you to meet my wife Nina."
True event reported by Rev. Guston Browning, Houston
Some question the correctness of my spelling of the contraction of "you all," but just consider the popular hail to one or more cohorts on a Saturday down on the Square,
"Where yawl think yawl a'goin'?"
Just substitute "y'all" for "yawl" in that greeting and see if it still looks East Texas. Don't to me.
|May 1999||The Queen of the Razorbacks
A Country Home
The Business Sense of a Hemphill Fisherman
Browning's Bait Shop (Important Public Service Announcement)
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