Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles. The first of Elton Miles's folklore collections tells stories as inseparable from the region as the Rio Grande itself. The tales cover supernatural phenomena such as the Marfa lights and water witching, murders, feuds, and lost treasures. Together, they reflect the rugged land where Anglo, Indian, and Mexican cultures meet.
Based almost entirely on stories the author collected from local residents, Tales of the Big Bend, first published in 1976, "should find a well-merited place next to the works of such Texas folkloric giants as Americo Paredes and J. Frank Dobie."—Journal of the West Texas A&M Press. 5 3/8" x 8 1/2" softcover. 189 pages, 16 b&w photos. Eighth printing, 2004.
" . . . a first-rate collection of local American tales in this fine tradition, and will be particularly enjoyed by the many river-rafters who drive down to the Big Bend country every spring to run the Rio Grande."—The Bloomsbury Review