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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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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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Everett Townsend with a Mexican child, 1936

Townsend Point (7580'/2310m) is the second highest point in the Chisos Mountains. The point is named in honor of Everett Townsend, who was instrumental in the establishment of Big Bend National Park More...