“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Watonga in Blaine County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Springing to Life

Springing to Life Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 4, 2021
1. Springing to Life Marker

The Civilian Conservation Corps begun construction of Roman Nose State Park on September 10, 1935, bringing the vision of the local community to life. While the community gathered the land, the design, supervision, and funding of the project came from the National Park Service.

The picnic shelter below was the park's first structure. Completed in 1938, its rustic style and proximity to the natural springs have continued to make it a favorite gathering spot of visitors since the park opened.

The three springs-commonly referred to as Big, Middle, and Little Springs-are the natural highlight of the area. Often called "The Everlasting Waters' by locals, it is certain that throughout their life they have provided drinking water to weary travelers wandering from the Chisholm Trail, scouting parties of Cheyenne, Chief Henry Roman Nose himself, and many thirsty warblers ready to migrate back home.

These life giving waters, which have provided the means of survival for some, now grant park visitors a unique prospect for reflection, rest, and rejuvenation.
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list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is September 10, 1935.
Location. 35° 55.948′ N, 98° 26.574′ W. Marker is near Watonga, Oklahoma, in Blaine County. Marker can be reached from P10 Road, one mile west of 8A. The marker is located on the spring trail. Entrance to the trail is located at the parking area at the Roman Nose Pool area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watonga OK 73772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chief Henry Roman Nose (approx. 1.1 miles away).
Springing to Life Picnic Shelter image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 4, 2021
2. Springing to Life Picnic Shelter
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 10, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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