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County
Brewster
Region
Big Bend
Population
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 267
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Terlingua, Texas
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Terlingua Texas History:
The first Terlingua settlement was a Mexican village located on Terlingua Creek, three miles above the creek’s confluence with the Rio Grande River. When quicksilver (mercury) was discovered in the area in the mid-1880s, the Marfa and Mariposa mining camp was established and became known as Terlingua, and the Mexican village was referred to as Terlingua Abaja, or lower Terlingua. The Terlingua post office was established in 1899. By 1902, the mining camp had approximately 200 to 300 laborers living in temporary structures. By 1905, over 1,000 people were living at the site. The mine closed in 2010, and the Terlingua post office was moved ten miles east to the Chisos Mining Company camp. The post office retained its name. This new Terlingua prospered over the next two decades. By 1913 it had over 1,000 residents who had access to the company-owned commissary and hotel, a company doctor, erratic telephone service, a dependable water supply, and three-times-a-week mail delivery. The first Brewster public school was established in Terlingua in 1907. The permanent Perry School was built by the mining company in 1930. At this time Terlingua was still a segregated village with Mexican families living east of the company store and Anglos living west of the store in the same area mine owner Perry’s mansion. By 1922, 40 percent of the quicksilver mined in the United States came from Terlingua, but production began to decline steadily during the 1930s. The mining company filed for bankruptcy in 1942. The new owner operated the mine until after World War II when most of the town residents moved away. Terlingua became a ghost town until the late 1960s when tourism from the Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park formed a basis for the town’s economy. Terlingua became famous for its annual chili cook-off and in 1967 was deemed the "Chili Capitol of the World" by the Chili Appreciation Society. The former company store reopened as a gift and art shop, river float trips are scheduled in the former cantina and a dinner theater occupies the former motion picture theater. Portions of the movie “Barbarosa” were filmed in Terlingua. In 2000, the town had 44 businesses and 267 residents. Study Butte and the town of Terlingua have merged over the years at the Terlingua junction of SH 118 and FM 170. Campgrounds, stores, a local arts and craft scene, and other businesses are located at the Junction which is the western gateway to Big Bend National Park. Other than the two gas stations in Big Bend National Park, the only gas between Study Butte and Marathon is located in those two towns. Terlingua is located on FM 170, 62.5 miles southeast of Presidio and Fort Leaton State Historic Site (Big Bend Ranch State Park’s western entrance), 83 miles south of Alpine, 97.6 miles southwest of Marathon, 3.5 miles west of Study Butte, and 12.5 miles northeast of the Barton Warnock Environmental Center, Big Bend Ranch’s eastern entrance in Lajitas, Texas. 
 
Christmas Mountains (Page 18):
This small volcanic range of jagged peaks has colorful names for some of its mountains including Easter Egg Mountain, Packsaddle Mountain and Agua Fria Mountain. The Christmas Mountains off SH 118 are located between Terlingua Ranch and Study Butte.
 
Mexico Travel Warning
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Border Bridge Wait Times
 
Boquillas del Carmen, Coahuila, Mexico:
The international crossing between Big Bend Park and Boquillas del Carmen was closed after 911, requiring potential visitors to Prior to the closing the town had over 300 residents. At the time of its reopening the town had slightly over 100 residents and only two businesses including the Falcon Restaurant, open since 1973. Prior to the closing, Big Bend National Park visitors and staff shopped and ate in Boquillas, and Mexican residents sold their goods, buy U.S. goods, and to visit relatives in the U.S. Visitors to Boquillas were ferried across the Rio Grande by row boat, and rode a burro or horse up to Boquillas.
 
Big Bend National Park & Boquillas del Carmen, Coahuila, Mexico Border Crossing:
This international port of entry between Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park and Boquillas del Carmen was closed in 2002 after 911. The closing forced visitors on both sides of the border to travel over 100 miles to the next closest port of entry. The closing devastated the Boquillas’ economy. At the time of the April 2013 border opening, the town had only two businesses. One of the remaining businesses is the popular Falcon Restaurant, in business since 1973. Visitors are ferried across the Rio Grande River via a $5 row boat ride. They enter the U.S.at the U.S. National Park Service interagency facility in Rio Grande Village. This facility is staffed by park personnel during hours of operation. Visitors transport necessary travel documents via video feed at one of two kiosks, and are interviewed by CBP officials via a remote link. The crossing is open Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-6pm.
 
La Linda International Bridge Information:
This international bridge connected La Linda, Coahuila, Mexico with FM 2627 in Heath Canyon in Brewster County Texas. The bridge was also known as Gerstaker Bridge and the Hallie Stillwell Memorial Bridge. This one lane bridge was shut down in 1997. FM 2627 links La Linda International Bridge to U.S. 385 to Marathon, Texas. From Marathon, take U.S. 385 south. Just north of Big Bend National Park, take FM 2627 28 miles southeast to the La Linda Bridge. 
 
Last Minute Low Budget Community Theater, Terlingua:
This theater group performs at the 60 seat Flat Rock Theater at the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa in Lajitas. (432) 371-2202. (432) 371-2682. PO Box 522, Terlingua, TX 79852. Facebook
 
J.W. Pattillo Community Center:
This 125 person capacity center was constructed in 2000. It features deep porches, a meeting space, and a kitchen and restrooms. It may be reserved for public or private events. It is located at 53663 SH 118, Study Butte. (432) 371-2281.

Annual Terlingua Black-Eyed Pea Off, New Years' Day, 1 Jan:
The Terlingua American Legion Post 653 has been sponsoring this event for over 30 years. Activities include a black-eyed pea cook-off, live music, and more. Pea dishes must be completed and turned in my 2pm. The event is held at the Terlingua Trading Company porch.  
 
La Kiva:
The restaurant is cave-like. They serve pizza, brisket and other menu items. (432) 371-2250. The restaurant is located 23222 FM 170 at Terlingua Creek.Reviews  
 
Starlight Theatre Bar and Restaurant:
They serve delicious food and offer visitors a place to hang out. (432) 371-2326. 100 Ivey Street. Reviews       
 
Long Draw Pizza:
They serve very good pizzas. Seating is available indoors at long tables or the bar, and on the patio. They sometimes host live music. (432) 371-2608. Reviews
 
High Sierra Bar & Grill:
They also serve a very good breakfast. (432) 371-3282. The restaurant is located on FM 170 at the El Dorado Hotel. Reviews   
 
Judy’s Bad Rabbit Café at Terlingua Ranch Resort:
Terlingua Ranch Lodge is owned by a non-profit. (432) 371-2416. 16000 Terlingua Ranch Road. Reviews 
 
Tivo’s Mexican Food:
Good Mexican food. (432) 371-2133. They are located in the Longhorn Motel on FM 118. Reviews