Ranches, villages, trading posts and cavalry camps all existed in the Big Bend in the century prior to the park's establishment. A number of historic districts within the park protect the tangible evidence of human history in this region; elsewhere solitary ruins, graves or camps mark the spots where history was made.
The following pages provide a brief exploration of some of the historic places within Big Bend National Park.
Did You Know?
On most maps Emory Peak is listed as 7,825 feet in elevation. Satellite measuring recently raised the height of the mountain by seven feet to 7,832 feet (2,387 meters).