The Desk

Photo of Jim Kitchen

Jim Kitchen, The Brand 1980 Archives of the Big Bend, Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas.

The Desk has attracted students, faculty, staff and visitors to Hancock Hill as a place for contemplation and reflection. In 1981, Sul Ross Industrial Tech Education student Jim Kitchen and classmates Bill Wagner and Travis Miller decided they needed a quiet spot away from the dorm to study. Together they carried a desk up Hancock Hill right above Mountainside dormitory. Soon Kitchen and his friends were spending hours up on the hill studying and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. One day, Kitchen left a notebook in one of the desk drawers and when he checked it later, someone had written in it.

Students sitting on the desk on top of Bar-SR-Bar mountain

Sul Ross students enjoying the day at The Desk. Photograph courtesy Jason Hennington.

He replied and soon the tradition of a notebook associated with The Desk was born. Ten years later, the first completed notebooks were brought to the Archives of the Big Bend in the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library. To reach The Desk, take Entrance 4, drive to the top, turn left and park at the highest point behind Mountainside dorm. Look for a trail heading uphill and continue climbing to a rock pile at the top and then follow the trail to The Desk. Allow 20 minutes for the hike from the parking lot. Enjoy the view and you are welcome to leave your comments and thoughts in the notebook in The Desk.