James Ely


John R. Moore


Big Bend National Park Oral History Project

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Former river rider in Big Bend National Park, game warden at Black Wildlife Management Area, deputy sheriff of James Country, TX., longtime resident of Big Bend area.

Summary of Interview

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.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

1 hour and 15 minutes

Tape Number

No. 855

Interview Number

No. 855

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