Interview no. 855

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Ely, James
Big Bend National Park; ranching; Oral History; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Part of Big Bend National Park Oral History Project; biographical data; recalls experiences as river rider preventing Mexican cattle from entering Texas during hoof and mouth disease epidemic in Mexico in the 1940s; recounts fishing activities on the Rio Grande; dangers of high water on the river; living conditions at Hot Springs; cotton farming in San Vicente, discusses killing rattlesnakes and burning river cane despite National Park Service policies prohibiting such activities.