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Park’s endearing history
Houston County Courier - June 2009
By Daphne Hereford
One part of the endearing history of Davy Crockett Memorial Park that natives and longtime residents will remember is the deer pen that was located near the rock entrance at the intersection of South Fifth Street and Anson Jones.
According to longtime residents, the large pen that encompassed an area from the entrance to what is now the location of the senior citizen building was erected in about 1960 and taken down in the late 1970s.
The pen reportedly served as home for a up to a dozen deer at any given time.
Much like other aspects of interest that have graced the grounds of the park over the years, the family of deer was originally housed there as an attraction for residents and visitors.
According to longtime residents, during the course of their time there, the deer fell on hard times for various reasons and their final demise came when a local rogue deer hunters decided to use them for live target practice.
Authorities decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to try to keep a pen of tame deer in the park without good supervision.