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Near Watonga in Blaine County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps

 
 
Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 4, 2021
1. Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Marker
Inscription.  

One of Oklahoma's original seven state parks, the vision of Roman Nose State Park was realized through the combined efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the National Park Service, community leaders, and the State of Oklahoma.

Work began on the park in September of 1935 and continued through 1942. During this time, the young men of CCC Company 2819 worked tirelessly moving earth, laying sod, and planting trees. They constructed miles of park roads, trails, fire lanes, guard rails, and fencing, as well as parking lots and a water supply and waste disposal system.

Utilizing native lumber and dolomite rock they built many of the rustic structures that are prominent features of the park even today. These include the swimming pool and bath house, picnic areas with tables and grills, picnic shelters, in-ground refuse receptacles, foot and vehicle bridges, numerous retaining walls and check dams along Bitter Creek, four cabins, a caretaker's residence, and this unique entrance monument honoring Chief Henry Roman Nose.

Because of their hard work, countless visitors have since enjoyed this beautiful area.
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Roman Nose State Park stands as a testament to the dedications and skill of the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1935.
 
Location. 35° 55.715′ N, 98° 25.442′ W. Marker is near Watonga, Oklahoma, in Blaine County. Marker is on State Highway 8A, 3 miles north of State Highway 8, on the left when traveling north. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chief Henry Roman Nose (approx. 0.6 miles away); Springing to Life (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
Roman Nose State Park Entrance Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, July 4, 2021
2. Roman Nose State Park Entrance Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jun. 23, 2024