Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Parker State Park
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 31° 35.535 W 096° 31.593
14R E 734692 N 3497895
Quick Description: Historical Marker that gives information on the work the CCC did to create Fort Parker State Park.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 10:37:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMNQ62
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Long Description:
This marker is at the ranger station entrance to Fort Parker State Park. The dam and other items created by the CCC are close by, but to see them you have to travel a little.
Marker Number: 12029

Marker Text:
In August 1935, construction of a state park began here on the former town site of Springfield under the direction of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The group assigned to build Fort Parker State Park was Company 3807(C), an African American CCC Camp. From 1935 to 1942, the park company constructed park buildings, roads and facilities, erected a dam across the Navasota River, and reconstructed old Fort Parker. Located nearby, old Fort Parker was rebuilt in preparation for a Texas Centennial observance in 1936, and was the first of the CCC projects completed. The dam that created Lake Fort Parker was concluded by 1938 and required breaking and hauling rock for cement, digging out the dam footings, spillway, and wing walks, and pouring cement for the dam. Creating the park facilities included clearing and building five miles of roads, constructing an activity center / bath house, drinking fountains, and cement picnic tables. Former Texas Governor Pat Neff dedicated Fort Parker State Park in May 1941, and declared it open to the public. Company 3807(C) was transferred out of the area in 1942 after completing several complex tasks over a span of almost seven years. (1997)

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