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Texas Parks and Wildlife to Hold Civilian Conservation Corps Anniversary Event at Palo Duro Canyon

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Texas Parks and Wildlife is searching for men who served in a particular group decades ago.

The group is looking for those who served in the young men’s Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s and 1940s.

TPWD is requesting that they be a part of the CCC 80th Anniversary event, which will be held at Palo Duro Canyon State Park on April 6th and 7th of this year.

The weekend will feature a meal and various activities for CCC veterans inside the iconic 30,000-acre park near Amarillo. There will also be a book signing by TPWD’s Cynthia Brandimarte, who authored the newly-released “Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps.”

CCC camps helped build state and national parks across the U.S. as part of the New Deal. Many of their multi-use stone and wood facilities are still in use more than 70 years later.

In Texas, 56 parks were developed by around 50,000 Corpsmen between 1933 and 1942, before many of the young men headed off to serve in World War II.

Twenty-nine state parks are still operating today that bear the influence of the CCC, including Palo Duro State Park.

CCC alums interested in attending the 80th Anniversary event should contact Janelle Taylor at 512-389-4665.

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