SECRET HILL COUNTRY EXPLORES THE HIDDEN GEMS AND FORGOTTEN TREASURES OF ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED REGIONS IN TEXAS.
Did Jim Bowie die at the Alamo with a treasure map to a mountain of silver in his pocket? That’s one of the most intriguing Bowie legends. The Los Almagres Mine has intrigued fortune hunters since it was first reported in 1753 in what is now Llano County. It was said to hold enough silver to give every settler in the territory a mine of his own. Stephen F. Austin touted it when he was recruiting new immigrants. Where is it? Find out where to look in Secret Hill Country.
How did a Japanese midget submarine that was set to lead the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to veer off course and eventually land far from the sea in Fredericksburg, Texas? Learn the astounding story of the secret weapon sub that traveled the U.S. and raised a fortune in war bonds before it came to rest in the Hill Country.
Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of our newest local interest book, Secret Hill Country: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, by Cheryl and Les Thomas. How did a Japanese World War II sub go off course at Pearl Harbor—and wind up in the Hill Country? Where can you see the hats Gus and Woodrow wore in Lonesome Dove and learn why Hollywood financiers wanted them to herd goats instead of cattle?
For many, the Hill Country is the most beloved region of Texas. In springtime, wildflowers turn country roads into garden paths while crystalline, spring-fed rivers flow by picturesque towns crafted by German pioneers. But dig a little deeper, and there’s a whole lot more to discover in these beloved hills.
Secret Hill Country: A Guide to The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is filled with hidden gems, strange history, and untold stories. Jim Bowie didn’t find his lost silver mine, but maybe you can—we’ll show you how. Or visit a place where gems are scattered on the ground. Along the way, find out whatever happened to Ralph the Swimming Pig. And just who was Clovis Presley? How did he go from a backroad dancehall to becoming the king of rock n’ roll?
Local authors Cheryl and Les Thomas bring a lifetime of Texas experience to this guide unlike any other book for tourists. They’ll give you an insider’s view of the Hill Country and all its unique sights and history, with a few legendary tall tales to boot.
Secret Hill Country: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is available wherever books are sold and on Amazon here: