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    Big Bend

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Castolon

Historic Remnant at Castolon
Historic Boiler on Display at Castolon
NPS Photo/Cookie Ballou
 
1938 postmark from the Castolon post office

1938 Postmark, Castolon, TX

For most people, the Castolon area is a place to stop on the way to the spectacular Santa Elena Canyon. But for those who take the time, it can be a great place to explore the human history of Big Bend. Castolon is certainly not the only area in the park that is historically significant, but it is perhaps the most intact. A trip to Castolon is, in many ways, a journey back in time, albeit to a time not too long ago. Castolon’s history is really not that “old”—farming and ranching continued in the area until 1961. The Castolon Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 

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Mexican long-nosed bat

Big Bend has more species of bats (22) than any other national park. One of these, the Mexican long-nosed bat, is an endangered bat species, whose only known roosting site in the United States is in the Chisos Mountains. More...