riders in Monahans Sandhills State Park.|
Photo by Doug Baum
| 5 miles
East of Monahans is one of the most interesting arboreal
oddities in the United States - a miniature forest of (Havard Oak) trees
that only reach waist high. The sandhills themselves comprise 4,000 acres of sand
dunes, while the "forest" occupys 40,000 acres, making it technically one of the
largest oak forests in the U.S. The park opened in 1957 and is managed by the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. |
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Quercus Veritas by Mike Cox
"When cartoonist friend Roger T.
Moore, a West Texan with a sense of humor as big as one of the dozens of wind
turbines looking down on his ranch, told me that the largest oak forest in North
America covers some 40,000 acres near Monahans, it sounded like a setup.... Not
many people know it, but Ward County does indeed have the U.S.’s largest concentration
of a species called the Havard oak... For those who are interested, the “forest”
is readily accessible from the paved roadway that winds through the park....more"
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Sandhill Rangerettes c. 1958|
Raoul, our Editor-in-waiting, swears that this
was a Monahans Drill Team in the 50s, but we're not sure.
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