Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

History & Culture in Big Bend

History of Big Bend

"Histories never conclude; they just pause their prose. Their stories are, if they are truthful, untidy affairs, resistant to windings-up and sortings-out. They beat raggedly on into the future...."  -Simon Schama  While Big Bend is famous for its natural resources and recreational opportunities, the park is also rich in cultural history. ...

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History

Designations In 1933, the state of Texas established Texas Canyons State Park, using 15 school sections owned by the state. Lands forfeited for non payment of taxes were quickly added and the name was changed. By October 27, 1933, Big Bend State Park included about 160,000 acres. In 1935, on ...

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