A Ranger's Lament
NPS Photo/Big Bend National Park
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.
THE LONE RANGER LAMENTS
By Park Ranger Oren P. Senter
'Twas once that I was happy,
I've heard songs of her beauty,
The one thing that is certain,
Deep in the heart of Texas,
That's why they have to send me here,
No longer are we religious,
Down here the sun is hotter,
The Park Service never forgot it,
I asked for foreign duty, and
Believe me, By God, I Got it.