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Author Steely, James Wright.

Title Parks for Texas : enduring landscapes of the new deal / James Wright Steely.

Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  333.78309764 STEE GD16    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxi, 274 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm.
Series Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas heritage series.
Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas heritage series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-261) and index.
Contents Prologue, 1883-1932: See Texas First -- Ch. 1. 1933: The Worst of Times, the Best of Times -- Interlude. The CCC: A Well-Grounded, Well-Rounded Plan -- Ch. 2. 1933: Assuming Full Responsibility -- Ch. 3. 1934-1935: Colp and Neff Smite the Rock -- Ch. 4. 1936-1938: Celebrating a Century of Progress -- Ch. 5. 1939-1942: New Priorities -- Ch. 6. 1942-1945: The End of the Beginning -- Epilogue, Post-1945: The Road to the Future -- App. A. State Park Catalog, through 1945 -- App. B. List of State Parks Accepted by the Legislature, 1927 -- App. C. Texas Congressional Districts, 1935 -- App. D. State Parks of Texas, 1945.
Summary Drawing on archival records and examining especially the political context of the New Deal, James Wright Steely here provides the first comprehensive history of the founding and building of the Texas state park system. Steely's history begins in the 1880s with the movement to establish parks around historical sites from the Texas Revolution, including the Alamo and San Jacinto. The New Deal federal-state partnerships for depression relief gave Texas the funding and personnel to build 52 recreational parks under the direction of the National Park Service. Steely focuses in detail on the activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose members built parks from Caddo Lake in the east to the first park improvements in the Big Bend out west and from Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle to Lake Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast.
Subject Parks -- Texas -- History.
ISBN 0292777345