Extreme Water Shortage
Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.
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Cattle Brands of the Big Bend, 1944
Registered brands and their owners—ranchers using parts of the park area, Federal and non-Federal lands, for grazing purposes on July 1, 1944—are reproduced below. Landowners whose property was purchased for park purposes by the State of Texas in 1942 were granted three years of grazing rights and use. The brands vididly represent a cross-section of the unique personalities of the Big Bend and herald the end of a way of life here that had lasted for over fifty years.
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The population of the Big Bend prior to the establishment of the National Park in 1944 was approximately 155 people, evenly divided between hispanics and anglos. Most of the hispanic families lived along the river and practiced subsistence farming; the anglo families were mostly ranchers. More...