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The CCC at Bastrop State Park

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Bastrop State Park Refectory on Park Road 1A, 2 mi. E on Loop 150, Bastrop, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 30° 6' 30.9996", -97° 16' 58.998"
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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the U. S. Congress, as part of the New Deal efforts to offer unemployed workers jobs on public projects, created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in March 1933. Due to decades of lumbering activities, Bastrop County's Lost Pines forest was a prime candidate for the CCC's reforestation program and a logical site for the establishment of a park. Two hundred recruits of the CCC's Company #1805 arrived in Bastrop in November 1933. With the help of Austin architect Arthur Fehr and a group of local experienced men or L. E. M.s, the men worked to create a state recreational park in the forest. Built of native materials in the NPS Rustic style promoted by the National Park service, the park structures, particularly the central refectory, reflect the expert craftsmanship of the CCC. A second CCC company, #1811, arrived in November 1934 to assist with reforestation work and development of nearby Buescher State Park. Additional activities included making native wood furniture for this and other Texas state parks, and building roads, trails, bridges, and small lakes. CCC work at Bastrop ended with the park substantially complete in 1939. (1991)

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

The CCC at Bastrop State Park Historical Marker Location Map, Texas