Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps

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This illustrated publication is the culmination of many years’ effort by those at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) who work as historians, architects, superintendents, archivists, curators, rangers, interpreters, artists, archeologists, resource managers, and general CCC enthusiasts, along with agency contractors and Texas students and scholars. The generosity of the Hillcrest Foundation, founded by Mrs. W. W. Caruth Sr., Dallas; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, Dallas, has continued to bear fruit for the study of the CCC, and as all good philanthropy does, it has opened learning possibilities for people.

This volume was initially conceived as a companion to the TPWD Web site The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks during the Great Depression, and we are pleased to thank Doug Porter and Dennis Gerow of TPWD for ably assisting with its content. The Web site’s principal historical advisers, James Wright Steely and Dan K. Utley, also deserve recognition because it was their pioneering scholarship that makes works such as this possible. In Guided by a Steady Hand: The Cultural Landscape of a Rural Texas Park (1998), Utley and Steely provided the first book-length study of a CCC-built state park in Texas, Mother Neff State Park. That book was soon followed by Steely’s authoritative study Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal (1999). Their scholarly work and their many original contributions to The Look of Nature have been critical to chapters 1 and 2, as well as the park profiles. Fortunately, these scholars continue to contribute to our knowledge about the CCC parks. Among historians who have written more focused studies on CCC parks for TPWD are Martha Doty Freeman, Lila Knight, Terri Myers, Ralph Newlan, Julie Strong, Lonn Taylor, and Diane E. Williams. All have helped TPWD document the CCC parks for agency staff and visitors alike.

Graphics and exhibit designer Drew Patterson of Drew Patterson Studios transformed the cumulative research into a popular traveling exhibit; and interactive

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Fore Word ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • The CCC Creates a Texas State Parks System 3
  • Building CCC Parks in Texas 29
  • The CCC Legacy’s First Half Century 59
  • Preserving the Legacy 87
  • Epilogue - Inferno at Bastrop on Labor Day Weekend~° ˛˛ 109
  • Park Profiles 121
  • Notes 153
  • Bibliogr Aphy 157
  • Index 161
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