In addition to stirring the creativity of painters and photographers, the Brazos River and its Canyonlands have captured the world's imagination through history, literature, poetry and movies.
Walter Prescott Webb produced his seminal treatise on the American West, The Great Plains, nurtured by his boyhood in Stephens County in the upper-middle Brazos River area.
Joining Webb, we have Dan Flores and his insightful, creative and influential books Caprock Canyonlands and Horizontal Yellow.
John Graves penned his beloved historic memoir Goodbye to a River, a paean to the beauty and history of the upper-middle Brazos River area.
Larry McMurtry gave us his Pulitzer Prize novel Lonesome Dove, the fictional tale based on Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, historic cattleman who began their exploits at Fort Belknap on the Brazos and roamed all over the Canyonlands.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Cormac McCarthy based an earlier novel Blood Meridian on historical characters and events, ending with the Judge and the kid at Ft. Griffin on the Clear Fork of the Brazos.
Poet Walter McDonald in Rafting the Brazos and other award-winning poetry captures the special attachment to the Canyonlands that he and many of us feel.