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Study Butte, Texas

Study Butte is in the wild, harsh region of the Big Bend and civilization came slowly. Rich deposits of mercury were discovered here about 1900, and the mining town of Study Butte (Stew-dy Beaut) came into being around the Big Bend Cinnabar Mine, managed by Will Study. But fame and progress, elusive as the quicksilver itself, faded as the mine became less and less profitable and was closed in the early 1940s. Today a few families live among old stone and adobe structures. Visitors pause to absorb silent impressions of a colorful past, and occasional rockhounds search tailing heaps for fragments of cinnabar, agate, and other colorful rocks.

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Things to do near Study Butte, TX

Kermit Sandhills

Just 10 miles east of the city is Sandhills Park. Overnight camping and off-road vehicles are welcome. ...

Scenic Drive

Highway 190 offers views of rugged terrain as you drive through scenic mesas....

Buffalo Soldier Monument

This bronze statue is based on the painting, "The Errand of Corporal Ross" by El Paso artist Bob Snead. It is located at the ...

Hueco Tanks State Historical Site

Precious water from infrequent rains "stored" in natural rock basins; for centuries a strategic travel stop in this arid regi...