When I was a kid, every Christmas my mother would wrap an Almanac under the tree. This was back in the day before the Internet (yes, kids, there was such a time), so these books were treasure troves of information. I still have some old World Almanacs in my collection, but until recently have not purchased one.
After leafing through my new copy of the Texas Almanac 2010-2011, I am wondering why I waited so long.
Published since 1857 (and this year by the Texas State Historical Association), this every two year compendium of Texas is a beautifully packaged collection of the obvious and the not-so-obvious.
The cornerstone of the 700+ page Almanac is the almost 200 pages with thumbnails of each of Texas 254 counties. A map for each county is shown, along with information on physical features, economy, history, ethnicity, vital stats, recreation, minerals, agriculture, information on the cities in the county and population. (more…)