Beneath the Window, by Patricia Clothier
ISBN: 978-0-9745048-2-7 Trade Paper
Before it became a national park, the Big Bend was home to a number of ranches and mining operations. On the Wilson ranch, which stood at the center of the current park, Patricia Wilson Clothier spent her youth exploring the wonders of ranch life in the Chisos. Patricia´s richly detailed memories, coupled with a backdrop of Depression era hardships, bring the Big Bend to life in this original and vivid description of a childhood spent Beneath the Window.
Patricia Wilson Clothier spent the first fourteen years of her life on the Wilson ranch in Big Bend, Texas. In those years, she experienced the Big Bend as a backyard filled with cherished treasures and inspiring adventures.
Jack Lamkin, President of Friends of Big Bend
"A book with a different perspective. It is warm, yet full of strength. It is not only a story of the Big Bend, but of a family with joy, sorrow, and struggle. A story of a time and place that is gone, but one that should never be forgotten."
Jean Bradfish, award-winning author and editor
"This is Patricia Clothier´s story of growing up in the 1930s and 1940s on a vast ranch in the mountains and desert hugging the Mexican border in the Big Bend country of Texas, before it became a national park. Her family weathered rattlesnakes and drought, accidents,loneliness, and the financial hardships of the Great Depression with fortitude, ingenuity, and grace. Like their scattered neighbors - miles away over rugged roads - it was the love of the land that gripped and held them there. Clothier paints a picture of this vast and glorious territory with words as vivid as any artist with a pallet of paints. A joy to read - an adventure of Western life you´ll not forget."