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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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Railroad Bunkhouse

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Balmorhea State Park

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Railroad & Transportation Museum of El Paso

The oldest Classic American locomotive (1857) in the West is the feature exhibit. After being listed as a National Treasure, ...

Chamizal National Memorial

Cites amicable settlement of long-standing border dispute between U.S. and Mexico, in an area by the Rio Grande where a new c...