The Way I Heard It: Tales of the Big Bend by Walter FulcherThe Way I Heard It: Tales of the Big Bend by Walter Fulcher

The Way I Heard It: Tales of the Big Bend

byWalter FulcherEditorElton Miles

Paperback | January 1, 1959

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The folklore of Texas' Big Bend region was still in the making during Walter Fulcher's lifetime. Born in Lampasas County in 1887, he worked on the Martin Ranch near Sheffield when a young man. There he witnessed events in the last outlaw activities of the Black Jack Ketchum gang.

He also listened to legends told almost as gossip, and some of the legendary figures were still alive—or said to be alive, usually in hiding. In every village there was sure to be some ancient with a good memory and a better imagination, and Walter Fulcher heard many versions of many tales. He has set them down as he heard them, as simple folk tales that reflect the color of a wild and vivid country in 400 years of its settlement.

The book has been edited, with introduction and notes, by Elton Miles, Professor of English at Sul Ross State College.

Title:The Way I Heard It: Tales of the Big BendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:113 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.38 inPublished:January 1, 1959Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292790279

ISBN - 13:9780292790278

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Table of Contents

  • Who was Walter Fulcher? by Elton Miles
  • Foreword
  • 1. Oxcarts and Chihuahua Wagons
    • The Double Wedding at Terlingua
    • El Cíbolo and the Indians
    • El Cíbolo and the Spaniards
  • 2. Romance in a Wigwam
  • 3. Places, Names, and What Happened
    • El Cerro Santiago
    • El Caballo Muerto
    • That Word “Chisos”
    • The Chisos Mine
  • 4. Will James: Big Bend Superman
  • 5. Outlaws and Bandidos
    • The Ketchum Train Robbery
    • Río Grande Justice
  • 6. Despedida: Farewell

Editorial Reviews

"Imagination, artistry, careful and perceptive research, and skillful writing all combine to make this a moving and convincing portrait of a man and his times." - Southwestern Historical Quarterly