Townsend, who was a member of the state legislature, persuaded Representative R. E. Thomason to come to see the area, and Thomason was so impressed he introduced a bill in the 74th Congress to make it a national park, as did Senators Sheppard and

Connally. Conrad ·wirth and others of the National Park Service also came to inspect the area and approved it for national park status, supported by a group of visiting scientists.2