A Guide to the R. E. Jackson Reminiscences, 1943
Known as the "Father of the Big Thicket," conservationist Richard E. Jackson worked as a conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad before he leased land in the Silsbee region in order to protect it from further development. In 1927, he founded the East Texas Big Thicket Association in an effort to preserve the heavily wooded region of Southeast Texas as a national forest, which led to its creation as a preserve in 1974.
"Forest Legacy." Texas Forestry Museum. Accessed June 21, 2011. http://www.treetexas.com/forestlegacy/had-bigthicket.shtm.
Abernethy, Francis E. "Big Thicket."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed June 21, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/gkb03.
A typescript entitled "“Historical Data of the Big Thicket of East Texas, from Memory and Word of Mouth”" composes the R. E. Reminiscences, 1943, documenting Jackson’s interest in the history of the Big Thicket forest. The reminiscences discuss the history of the forest from the Pliocene epoch through the modern era, noting geological, botanical, and biological characteristics, while also highlighting the settlement and use of the forest by Native Americans and Anglo-Americans.
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R. E. Jackson Reminiscences, 1943, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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