Possum Kingdom State Park

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Possum Kingdom State Park
Location Palo Pinto County, Texas
Nearest city Caddo
Coordinates 32°52′10″N 98°33′40″W / 32.86944°N 98.56111°W / 32.86944; -98.56111Coordinates: 32°52′10″N 98°33′40″W / 32.86944°N 98.56111°W / 32.86944; -98.56111
Area 1,528.7 acres (619 ha)
Established 1940
Governing body Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Hell's Gate on Possum Kingdom Lake

Possum Kingdom State Park is a state park in Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA, that was built in the 1940s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It covers approximately 1,530 acres (620 ha), and lies in the Palo Pinto Mountains and Brazos River Valley of Texas. The park borders the large Possum Kingdom Lake, a 20,000-acre (8,100 ha) lake known for its clear blue waters. Possum Kingdom winds for 65 miles (105 km) down the Brazos River, and has more than 300 miles (480 km) of shoreline. A privately owned store and marina in the park cater to boaters and campers.

The Boy Scouts of America have a summer camp "Constantin" on the shores of Possum Kingdom Lake as does the YMCA at camp "Grady Spruce".

Camp Grady Spruce is directly across from the most well known geological feature of the lake called "Hell's Gate", a channel which cuts between an island and a row of cliffs.

The title of the song "Possum Kingdom" by Toadies is derived from Possum Kingdom State Park.[1]

On April 15, 2011, the park was closed due to wildfires, and was reopened on May 25, 2011.[2]

Due to Texas' severe drought, another breakout of wildfires that began on August 30, 2011 plagued the Possum Kingdom Lake area. The fires burned into September, and though the park was not damaged, 39 homes and 9 recreation vehicles were destroyed.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Todd Lewis, Lead Singer of the Toadies, 1995 interview appearing in Rip Magazine according to SongFacts accessed online at http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4014
  2. ^ Associated Press in San Angelo Standard-Times accessed online at http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/apr/15/wildfires-force-evacuations-close-possum-kingdom/
  3. ^ Texas Forest Service as quoted by NASA accessed online at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=52028

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