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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

That store was the best place in the park for a good cup of tea. I’m sure they will rebuild, but it doesn’t look like much of the historic building can be saved.

I was happy to read that the adobe structures (mostly what is left of some houses) between Castolon and the canyon were not touched. We are going to BB again in February and I plan to make a study of those houses.
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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

Oh my.... gosh, I've had lunch there so many times over the past years. Bought books and postcards and whatever. Met people, painted lots of pictures including some posted in this string.

Yeah that sun shade was a fire hazard.

Rebuild... I hope so... but it's money...

(Trying to comment but T-storm keeps cutting our power.)

What happened to the old officers quarters houses? History there.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

The Houston Chronicle reports that most of the historic districts buildings survived with minimal damage. The LaHarmonia Store building and the sanitary block were distroyed.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

I wonder if the store was privately owned and hope they had it insured.
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Robyn:
The LaHarmonia Store building would have belonged to the park. The contents and equipment belonged to 1. the parks interpretive center at the east end, (always closed when I've been there). 2. The concession that runs the lodge and also places in Study Butte ran the store. 3. The bookstore area was that of the Big Bend Natural History Association. 4. The antique post office was owned by the park. The adjacent sanitary block was the parks. Insured? Some of it may have been, I don't know.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

I had forgotten about the post office!

The food and drink, as well as the restrooms and shade, in that part of the park will be missed. Not to mention the history.

We are planning to go in February. If you make your usual autumn trip, Dave, you’ll see the aftermath before we will.
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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

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February? I'm going this autumn. October or November. The roads and area will be opened although the store won't be. It would be nice to find the concession had brought in a trailer with a cooler full of food and drinks. Maybe a few shade umbrellas.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

That’s what I was thinking. They really need some kind of services out there, and it wouldn’t have to be a permanent structure. A taco truck would be nice.
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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

Robyn:
Food Truck ! Sure.

If they are actively building they could locate a trailer or van concession at the vacant original store site, just north of Castelon, east side of the road. Yes, a taco truck would work. It would need some tables and benches... and some umbrellas for shade.

You and Dave might want to get in on this ground floor business opportunity.

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Re: Autumn in the Big Bend National Park

The closures are now limited to the damaged historic Castelon area and for some reason the Cottonwood campground. It is okay to drive through to Santa Elena Canyon on the paved highway now. Driving the west end of River Road may be possible now... they don't say on their website.

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