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History

March 11, 2006

Remnants of the New Deal

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New health codes in the 1950’s brought the pool up to standard and it no longer has the bone-chilling effect it had before.

In other parts of the park, rock walls surrounding some of the picnic areas and metal signs that lead visitors to their locations are evidence of the Corps construction.

Not so evident are the heavy stones that were quarried, transported and hand laid by the workers now lining the creek-beds and culverts. A historical marker near the creek in the Deer Run area was put in place by the CCC workers.

Another memorable piece of handiwork is a pavilion that sits near the Spring of Everlasting Waters. This spot is frequented by lover’s young and old who often get engaged and eventually marry in the same place. The quiet location and gentle sound of the nearby water offers a romantic setting.

It is fortunate that such a program came into existence during a tough time period. With the income it provided, families survived and young men learned a skill that would carry them through the remainder of their lives.

Without their hard work and dedication in the past, the wonderful state parks we have today would not be the historical treasures that we enjoy in the present.

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