Highland Lakes Hydroelectric & Flood Control Project

With a Panorama of the Colorado River System with Overlay

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611. [TEXAS HIGHLAND LAKES]. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. Secretary (Harold L. Ickes) and National Park Service. Director (Newton B. Drury). The Highland Lakes of Texas: A Study Prepared under the Authority of the Park, Parkway and Recreational Study Act of June 1936 <49 Stat. 1894>. Made upon Request and with the Cooperation of the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas State Parks Board. [Washington: GPO, 1941]. [1] 2-64 pp., 3 folded maps, 1 folded panorama, 1 folded overlay on waxed paper, 19 mounted plates, photographic text illustrations. Folio (36.5 x 27 cm), original polished calf covers, gilt lettered and decorated with Six Flags motif on upper cover, over plastic spiral binding, which is mounted on a guard. Fragile binding slightly scuffed, front flyleaf separating from spiral binding, one map split but complete. Offsetting from leather binding to first and last leaves. Overall a fine copy of a rare promotional study of the present-day Highland Lakes. No copies listed on OCLC.

     First edition. An exhaustive and enthusiastic study of the opportunities and development that would occur upon the completion of the Texas Highland Lake system that stretches in a series of seven lakes from Buchanan to Austin. One highly unusual feature of this publication is the photographic folded panorama of the Hill Country area, over which the semi-transparent wax overlay is placed to show the position of the lakes in the landscape. The plates, all produced from drawings, show many recreational opportunities, some of which, such as polo fields, never materialized. One refers mysteriously to the white sands of the beaches, most of which are really granite or limestone gravel. On a more practical level, President Roosevelt in his January 15, 1940, message to Congress printed herein, also calls attention to the electrical power generation that the impoundment will make possible and to flood abatement (p. 7). Oddly, his message is about the Tennessee Valley Authority’s various developments, but apparently here included so that readers may draw parallel conclusions. One highly optimistic observation below a photo opines, “This liquid wealth can never be dissipated so long as rain continues to fall” (p. 18), an event that has not happened in the area in several years. By the time of this publication, four lakes in the chain were completely finished.

     An essential publication for anyone interested in the history of Hill Country development in Texas.


Sold. Hammer: $225.00; Price Realized: $275.63.

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