The 2019 Castolon Fire
On May 22, 2019, a fire in Mexico jumped the Rio Grande. With temperatures around 110°F the fire spread rapidly. Wind gusts showered embers across the Castolon Historic District, igniting the latrine building and barracks (which housed the La Harmonia Store and Visitor Center) and threatening the other buildings.
In the days after the fire, cultural specialists sifted the debris to save many historic items, including cast iron stoves, post office box doors, keys, and even the iconic La Harmonia sign that hung above the door.
What is Next?
Although damaged, Castolon remains a rich remnant of Big Bend’s pioneer and military past.
Castolon Fire News Releases
Castolon Fire: Lessons Learned
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Last updated: October 16, 2020