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Bastrop State Park Celebration of Federal work Program’s 75th Anniversary
Houston County Courier - March 2008
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is trying to track down as many surviving Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers as possible to invite them to a special event on Friday – Saturday March 28 – 29 at Bastrop State Park.
The event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the CCC’s creation in 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the executive order to pt the Depression-era’s young men back to work conserving the nation’s natural resources by planting forest’s, building parks and other means.
Former CCC workers are invited to contact Janelle Taylor at (512) 389-4665, for an invitation to the celebration.
Bastrop State Park is one of only six state parks in the United States built by the CCC designated a National Historic Landmark.
“We really need to find these guys and honor them.” Taylor said. “We need the public’s help.”
This group is so humble that unless someone tells them they need to contact me, they probably won’t call.”
About 100 former CCC workers attended a celebration at Bastrop State Park in 2003 for the 70th anniversary.
During previous CCC reunions, Taylor and others have been collecting oral histories that provide a rich archive chronicling the CCC veterans’ significant achievements so that future park visitors and others can learn about these remarkable men’s achievements.
Thirty Texas State parks operated by TPWD bear the distinct mark of young CCC laborers who erected permanent structures that reflect the National Park Service’s trademark “rustic style.” By 1935, 27 CCC companies were working in Texas state parks, building roads, bridges, swimming pools, dams and hundreds of sturdy, handsome rock and timber structures such as Indian Lodge in Fort Davis.
The 101 companies of young men at 130 CCC camp locations throughout the state developed 56 parks in Texas between 1933 and 1942 before many of them headed off to World War II.
For more information go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest.findadest/historic_sites/ccc/.