National parks join the system for a variety of reasons: great natural beauty, the need to preserve wilderness in the face of development, historic resources that the nation needs to remember, and the like. For Texas’s first unit of the NPS system, Big Bend National Park, all of the above features applied. In addition, the distinctive ecology of a mountain, desert, and riverine landscape compelled NPS officials and local sponsors alike in the 1930s and 1940s to plead with private donors and elected representatives to make Big Bend in 1944 the 28th unit of the NPS organization (at the time its sixth-largest park in the nation).
National parks; Big Bend National Park
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National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Welsh, Michael, "Landscape of Ghosts, River of Dreams; A History of Big Bend National Park" (2002). Department of History Faculty Publications. Paper 1.