Borger screening set for ‘National Parks of Texas’ documentary
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by Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Look for a familiar area landmark in an upcoming documentary airing April 26 on Panhandle PBS.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact with Beauty will air at 7 p.m. April 26 as a lead-in for Night 2 of National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a 2009 documentary series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that’s rebroadcasting this month in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.

The National Parks of Texas takes viewers on a journey through all 16 Texas National Parks

Producers Jackie Smith and Brian Frank shot footage of Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument on a recent rainy Sunday. The stunning red bluffs are home to a rainbow-hued flint that was used to create spear points and other tools. It was the only National Monument in Texas until 2015, with the creation of the Waco Mammoth National Monument.

Our viewers in Borger will get a sneak peek at the documentary at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hutchison County Historical Museum, 618 N. Main St. Seats are limited.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact with Beauty is produced by Villita Media and KLRN, with many Texas PBS stations contributing content to the production. Funding for the documentary was made possible by the National Parks Conservation Association and Big Bend Conservancy along with the Brown Foundation, the Trull Foundation and a number of individual contributors.

For more information on the film screening event, call Lynn Hopkins at 806-273-0130, or visit or


* Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at on Facebook.