Big Bend History: Images of the Chisos Basin Store in Big Bend National Park

The Chisos Basin Store in Big Bend National Park has a rich history that dates back to the 1940s, and rare images of the store provide a glimpse into how it used to be. The store was built as a temporary structure in 1941 or early 1942 and was constructed of adobe in a vaguely Spanish style. Two prefabricated Dallas huts were later added in 1944-1945. The store is part of a larger complex with an architectural theme that is significant to the area’s commerce and domestic life. The photos, captured by the Historic American Buildings Survey team, including Lyle Bennett, Del Jones, Carlos Rugerio Cazares, Barbara Zook, Tom Behrens, Alison K Hoagland, and Javier Palma Balbuena, offer a unique glimpse into the past and provide an opportunity to step back in time and explore the history of Big Bend National Park.


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