Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 9, 2012

Author to discuss historic trees of Texas


Mineral Wells Index

— THURBER – Photographer and writer Ralph Yznaga will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas,” this Sunday.

The event begins at 2:30 p.m. at the W. K. Gordon Center For Industrial History of Texas in Thurber. The program is free and open to the public.

The book, published by the Texas A&M University Press, includes photographs Yznaga made with his 1957 Roliflex camera and stories of more than 30 trees that have seen settlers, soldiers and the passage of time.

Among the legendary trees in the book are the 1,000-year-old Goose Island Oak, also known as the “Big Tree”; the Ben Milam Cypress on the San Antonio River Walk; and the Panna Maria Oaks, at the site of the country’s first Polish settlement near San Antonio.

“The trees are beautiful, but it’s the stories that make them interesting to us,” Yznaga told the San Antonio Express-News earlier this year. “That’s what prompted me to go out and make this book a reality.”

The book includes driving directions to each of the trees.

The Gordon Center, a museum and research facility of Tarleton State University, is located at exit 367 on Interstate 20 west of Mineral Wells. Motorists from the west should leave I-20 at exit 363 to avoid construction delays.

For more information call (254) 968-1886.