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The Ultimate Texas State Park
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Texas State Park Place Names. I will give you some
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Southwest of Abilene, in Taylor County, I am among a low range of
hills called the Callahan Divide, in the extreme western portion
of North Central Texas. Acquired in 1933 by deed from the City of
Abilene, my total acreage is 529.4. Original park construction is
done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) in the early
1930's. A portion of the official Texas longhorn herd and one
buffalo are located on site. You discover that Comanches
frequented me, using my groves of native pecan trees as
campgrounds, much like the present park's picnic area. Today, I
offer camping, hiking, nature study, swimming (summer),
picnicking, fishing in Buffalo Wallow Pond in the park and nearby
Lake Abilene, and biking and walking on park roads.
Where Am I?
- Buffalo Wallow State Park
- Abilene State Park
- Taylor State Park
- Longhorn State Park
2) I am located on 45.9 acres in the foothills
of the Davis Mountains in Reeves County. Built by the Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s, I am deeded in 1934
by private owners and Reeves County Water Improvement District No.
1. I open in 1968.
San Solomon Springs has provided water for
travelers for thousands of years. Artifacts indicate Indians used
the spring extensively before white men came to the area. In 1849,
the springs are called Mescalero Springs for the Mescalero Apache
Indians who water their horses along its banks. The present name
is given by the first settlers, Mexican farmers who use the water
for their crops and hand-dug the first irrigation canals.
Along with motel-type accommodations, my main attraction is a
large (77,053 sq. ft.) artesian spring pool that is open daily and
fed by San Solomon Springs. The springs also fill a 'cienega'
(desert wetland) and the canals of a refugium, home to endangered
species of fish, assorted invertebrates, and turtles. The pool
differs from most public pools in several respects: the 1 3/4-acre
size, the 25-foot depth and the 72 to 76 degree constant
temperature. It also has a variety of aquatic life in its clear
waters. With a capacity of more than 3 1/2 million gallons, the
pool has plenty of room for swimmers, while offering a unique
setting for scuba and skin diving.
Visitors can enjoy swimming, picnicking, and camping. An honor
box is located at the park entrance for those arriving after
hours. Scuba divers must meet safety regulations.
- San Solomon Springs State Park
- Balmorhea State Park
- Tonto State Park
- Mimosa State Park
3) I am a Texas state park on the Caprock
Escarpment in Briscoe County, Texas, approximately 100 miles
southeast of Amarillo. I open in 1982 and cover 15,313.6 acres in
size, making me the third-largest state park in Texas. In 1993, a
hiking, biking, and equestrian rail trail opened that stretches
through me through Floyd, Briscoe, and Hall counties. The trailway
is created after the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquire
64.25 miles of right-of-way from the abandoned Fort Worth and
Denver Railroad's lines between Estelline and the South Plains.
Where Am I?
- Fort Worth and Denver State Park and Trailway
- Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
- Amarillo State Park and Trailway
- Wayman State Park and Trailway
4) I am 2708.9 acres state park in Jeff Davis
County, four miles northwest of Fort Davis, approximately halfway
between Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and
Big Bend National Park. My original portion is deeded to Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department by a local family. Original
improvements are accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corps
(CCC) in 1933; I am open to the public since the late 1930s;
formal campground facilities are added in 1967. Activities include
camping, sightseeing, nature study, picnicking, hiking,
backpacking, day and overnight equestrian use, mountain biking,
and interpretive programs. Attractions include scenic drives, two
scenic overlooks, and 4 miles of hiking trails connecting with
Fort Davis National Historic Site. Stargazing after closed hours
on Skyline Drive is allowed; registration required at headquarters
- activity fee applies.
Where Am I?
- Padre Mountain State Park
- Davis Mountains State Park
- Guadalupe Mountains State Park
- Big Bend State Park
5) With 423.1 acres, I am located in Grayson
County, northwest of Denison on the shores of Lake Texoma. I was
acquired in 1954 by a Department of Army lease, which extends
until 2004, and I open to the public in 1958.
I am named for the 34th U.S. president, who is born nearby. In
the early 1830s, the area becomes increasingly important to Anglo
settlers, particularly as a route to Texas and the American
southwest. Some of the things which add to my history are the
American Indian; Butterfield Overland stage routes; Chisholm and
Shawnee cattle drive trails; Fort Johnson, established in the area
in 1840; and Colbert's Crossing, established on the Red River in
1853 and operated until 1931.
Some of my activities include picnicking, hiking, biking,
nature study, fishing, boating and boat rentals, water skiing,
swimming, wildlife observation, ATV and mini bike use (OHV permit
required), and a variety of camping.
Where Am I?
- Eisenhower State Park
- Nixon State Park
- Truman State Park
- Johnson State Park
6) I am a historic hotel in Anderson, Texas.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquire my 1.4 acre site
in 1977 from a descendant. Ten years are spent researching and
restoring the Inn to its 1850 look. I am open to the public on
October 4, 1987.
In 1834, the clapboard-covered log house is built . They buy
1,100 acres and built their house in 1834 along the road that
crossed his land. The building is enlarged about 1850 to
accommodate its usage as a hotel and store.
The owner is appointed Postmaster by the Provisional Texas
Government in 1835. The building is the first post office in the
region. I become a well-known stopping place for stagecoaches,
travelers and the community.
On July 3, 1845, Kenneth Lewis Anderson, vice-president of the
Republic of Texas dies from illness at the Inn while en route home
Where Am I?
- Baker Brothers State Historic Site
- Churchill State Historic Site
- Jerome State Historic Site
- Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
7) Where Am I?: Galveston
Island State Park, in Galveston County, is in the City of
Galveston, Texas on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a
2,013.1-acre site that was acquired in 1969 from private owners
under the State Parks Bond Program and was opened in 1975. On
September 14, 2008, the park was indefinitely closed due to damage
from Hurricane Ike. In January 2009 a sign at this park entrance
indicated a new park was coming soon, although there was little
evidence of construction within the park.
Galveston Island is
believed to be approximately 5000 years old and has had an
interesting history during the past 500 years. It is generally
believed Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were shipwrecked here in 1520
and eventually made their way from the island to colonies in
Mexico. The LaFitte brothers, fleeing the prosecution of pirates
in the United States, established a government here in 1817, with
visions of creating a "Manhattan on the Gulf." Commerce did thrive
here, but major storms in 1867, 1871, 1875, and 1886 greatly
slowed progress. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 devastated the
island, killing 5000 to 10,000 people, and prompted the
construction of the seawall which protects the northern half of
8) I am a state park in Bandera County, Texas
in the United States. I am a multi-use park within the Texas Hill
Country. The land within me has been inhabited for several
thousand years, and a number of American Indian artifacts have
been found within the park, including human remains. After the
arrival of European settlers in my land functioned as a working
ranch. The bottomlands are converted to croplands and the
remainder was used for grazing. The initial land for me is
acquired between 1976 and 1982 through donations by Louise
Merrick. I am opened to the public in 1984 with 4,753 acres. In
1986 a further 616 acres are acquired, bringing the total size to
I have over 40 miles of multi-use trails and permits hiking,
biking and horseback riding. Several dude ranches abut the park
and regularly lead trail rides through me. An intermittent creek
runs through me, allowing for swimming and fishing when water
levels are high enough. I also hosts the annual Bandera 100 km
ultramarathon run in January.
Where Am I?
- Garner State Park
- Lost Maples State Natural Area
- Government Canyon State Natural Area
- Hill Country State Natural Area
9) Where Am I?: Taylor Lake
State Park is a state park located in Burnet County, Texas, United
States, next to Inks Lake on the Colorado River. The landscape of
the park is hilly, with many cedar, live oak, prickly pear cacti,
and yuccas. The ground is rocky, mainly consisting of gneiss rock.
Devils Waterhole is a small extension of Taylor Lake, which is
almost completely surrounded by rock. A canoe tour is conducted at
Devil's Waterhole, and although diving and swimming may be done at
the waterhole, it is at one's own risk, without a lifeguard. There
is abundant wildlife at the park, including deer, vultures, quail,
and many other types of birds.
10) I am a historic state park located, just
off U.S. Route 77, south of La Grange, Texas. I sit on a sandstone
bluff above the Colorado River. My one monument is a crypt and
memorial to the men who died in the Dawson Massacre and the Black
Bean Death Lottery of the failed Mier Expedition.
My other site commemorates the contribution European immigrants
made in Texas, specifically German immigrants. One immigrant is a
stonemason and brewer, whose house and brewery ruins are in the
park. On April 16, 1975, they are listed in the National Register
of Historic Places.
Where Am I?
- Victory Hill and Bush Brewery State Historic Sites
- Memory Hill and Kruggers Brewery State Historic Sites
- San Juan Hill and Bumgardener Brewery State Historic Sites
- Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites