The Lone Ranger Laments
Oren P. Senter was transferred to Big Bend from Hot Springs National Park in July of 1944 to serve as the first Park Ranger for the newly established park. At the time the park boasted a total staff of five, and Senter was quite literally the "Lone Ranger." Park Superintendent Ross Maxwell reported that Senter would devote his patrols to "becoming acquainted with the local ranchmen who were still living in the park, meeting local representatives of federal and state agencies, local civic clubs and other citizens." This poem by Senter vividly depicts his frustrations with the challenges this place had to offer.
Did You Know?
In 1942 the state of Texas spent $1.5 million dollars to acquire privately-owned lands in the Big Bend area in order to create the park. Paying between $1-5 dollars per acre, the state obtained all but 2% of the original acreage of the park in this manner. More...