History of the Adams Ranch

Although the area had been ranched earlier, Adams Ranch was started in 1939 by Preston Elba and Georgia “Buddie” Adams and Ulice Adams in 1939.

Primarily a cattle ranch; over the years additional enterprises on the ranch included making candelilla wax and smuggling pelts from Mexico and Big Bend National Park when it was first established.1  

Rio Grand River

1 Information from: Welsh, Michael (2002) The Administrative History of Big Bend National Park. Department of Interior, National Park Service