Texas Travel

How Paradise Became a Desert

Historic ranches tell the tale of how the area along the Rio Grande was once fertile

On the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, west of Big Bend National Park is the Sam Nail Ranch. He built this ranch starting in 1916. He and his wife Nena raised a family there and eventually left the area.



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