• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Historic Photos

Natt N. Dodge
Natt Dodge, a park service biologist, visited the Big Bend a number of times between 1944 and 1949, and took a number of photographs while he was here. These color images provide a glimpse of the appearance and condition of Big Bend in its early years as a National Park.

All photographs by Natt N. Dodge, courtesy of the National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.
Civilian Conservation Corps
From 1934-37 and 1940-42, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) operated a camp in the Chisos Basin, developing facilities for the future national park. These photographs capture the life and work of the men who served in the camp.

Robert T. Hill
In October 1899, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologist Robert T. Hill led a six man expedition to explore and document the canyons of the Rio Grande. Hill's photographs capture Big Bend just before the twentieth century.

All photos are in the collection of the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library.


Did You Know?

1855 map of the Big Bend region

First Lieutenant William H. C. Whiting, leader of the first topographical survey through Texas in 1849 is credited as being the first to use the name "Big Bend" in reference to the distinctive curve of the Rio Grande. More...