The Nueces River Río Escondido by Margie Crisp, 2017
First appearing on early Spanish maps as the Río Escondido, or hidden river, and later named Río de las Nueces after the abundant pecan trees along its banks, the Nueces today is a stream of seeming contradictions: a river that runs above and below ground; a geographic reminder of a history both noble and egregious; and a spring-fed stream transformed into a salty, steep-sided channel.
From its fresh, clear headwaters on the Edwards Plateau, Margie Crisp and William B. Montgomery follow the river through the mesquite and prickly pear of the South Texas Plains, to the river’s end in Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays on the Gulf of Mexico. With vivid prose and paintings, they record their travels as they explore the length of the river on foot, kayak, and fishing boat, ultimately weaving a vivid portrait of today’s Nueces. Capturing the river’s subtle beauty, abundant wildlife, diverse culture, and unique history of exploration, conflict, and settlement, they reveal the untold story of this enigmatic river with passion, humor, and reverence.
MARGIE CRISP, who lives and works near Elgin, is a naturalist, writer, and artist whose work can be found in private and public collections in the United States and Mexico. She is the author of the award-winning book River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado. WILLIAM B. MONTGOMERY, a native Texan, is an artist whose paintings and etchings are collected throughout the United States and abroad. His artwork has been used on the covers of scientific books as well as popular novels.
What Readers Are Saying:
“In a Texas famous for its droughts and deserts, people are sometimes surprised to learn of its distinctive rivers. They are not commercially navigable and are often shrouded from public view on private land. In this book, Margie Crisp and William Montgomery, author, photographers, and painter, reveal the Nueces River, one of the hidden gems of Texas, and take the reader on an enchanting journey from its sources on the Edwards Plateau to the mouth among the oil refineries of Corpus Christi Bay”. — Ron Tyler, retired director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
"The Nueces can now be explored through the pen and the lens of Margie Crisp and William Montgomery's beautifully chronicled treatise of this meandering and magical Texas river. If you are looking for a good run of the river from the aquifer to the estuary, this book about the Nueces is as good as it gets." — Carter Smith, executive director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
9 x 10, 284 pp.