as a series of monthly journal entries, Morning
Comes to Elk
Mountain is Lantz’s
response to ten years of exploring the
rough and unexpected beauty of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. A
combination of memoir, natural history, Native American history, and
geology, this book is enriched by 20 color photos and a map to appeal
to the seasoned visitor as well as the newcomer to the refuge.
wildlife refuge that’s the focus of the book was among the
first established by President Theodore Roosevelt.
He helped save the
Wichitas from miners and land speculators, and instead the harsh yet
scenic area became the nation’s first bison refuge,
this American icon from slipping into extinction.
Today the refuge hosts more than a million visitors a year, most of
them coming to hike the trails, climb the rocks, photograph bison and
prairie dogs, or simply commune with a beautiful, wild area that
remains a spiritual landscape for the Kiowa and Comanche Indians who
call it home.
Morning Comes to Elk Mountain
Dispatches from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
by Gary Lantz
of North Texas Press, 2013
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