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Congress Gives Big Bend National Park the Go-Ahead

The National Park Service reported in 1934 that Big Bend was “decidedly the outstanding scenic area of Texas” and should be become a national park.  Congress agreed in legislation passed on June 20, 1935.

Big Bend National Park opened to the public in 1944 with a staff of five and a bare-bones appropriation $15,000.  Only 1,409 people toured the new park that first year, but by the 1980’s the annual number of visitors climbed to 230,000 while the yearly budget increased to over two million dollars.