The Park is Born
When Texas deeded 707,894 acres of the Big Bend country to the Federal government in 1944
for the purpose of creating a national park, it was the fruit of many years of hard work by scores
of people. As early as 1916, people began to view the area in terms of national significance. In 1933 the State of Texas set aside 150,000
acres as "Texas Canyons State Park." Two years later, a bill passed Congress that would enable the creation of Big Bend National Park.
Through the generous support of the people of Texas, the remaining land was acquired to create a park for the nation.