Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2001


Published in Great Plains Research 11:1 (Spring 2001). Copyright © 2001 Center for Great Plains Studies.


This excellent study chronicles the growth of the Texas state park system from its beginnings in the 1880s to its maturity in the 1940s. Parks were established at first around historic sites from the Texas Revolution, and not until the 1920s did Governor Pat Neff envision the kind of modern park system that eventually developed. Even then, it was not until the 1930s that the system began to grow rapidly as a result of a federal-state partnership for Depression relief that provided the funds and labor to build fifty-two parks under the direction of the National Park Service.