Monday, June 02, 2014

Big Bend: Luna's Jacal

There are plenty of places inside Big Bend National Park that are remnants of a life before the region became a park.  At the edge of Alamo Creek inside Big Bend National Park is a small home built by Gilberto Luna for his very large family.  Built of earth, stone and plant fiber, the home was well adapted to desert conditions..inside is considerably cooler than outside.  Luna irrigated his crops from the nearby creek. And early park superintendent is quoted, 'Gilberto Luna "survived eleven wives, sired thirty children, and was in his late nineties when he finally moved in with his grandchildren in Fort Stockton."' (Source)   Read more about this special place HERE.  Take the rugged drive on Old Maverick Road at the western section of the park near the Chimneys Trail to visit Luna's Jacal.
Gilberto Luna
Photo: NPS/Big Bend National Park

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