Lake Brownwood State Park

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Lake Brownwood State Park
Lake Brownwood State Park Clubhose.jpg
The CCC built clubhouse
Map showing the location of Lake Brownwood State Park
Map showing the location of Lake Brownwood State Park
Location Brown County, Texas
Nearest city Brownwood
Coordinates 31°51′25″N 99°1′43″W / 31.85694°N 99.02861°W / 31.85694; -99.02861Coordinates: 31°51′25″N 99°1′43″W / 31.85694°N 99.02861°W / 31.85694; -99.02861
Area 537.5 acres (218 ha)
Established 1938
Governing body Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Lake Brownwood State Park is a state park located on the shore of Lake Brownwood in Brown County, Texas, United States and is administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The 537.5 acre park was acquired by deed from the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1 in 1933.[1] The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the park between 1934 and 1942. The park opened in 1938.

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The citizens of Brown County voted in 1926 to organize the Brown County Water Improvement District for the purpose of creating a reservoir to control flooding along Pecan Bayou. The dam was completed in 1932 and the reservoir filled the same year. In 1933, the Texas State Parks Board acquired the deed for the land for the state park from the water improvement district. Work began on the park in 1933 under work relief programs of the Civil Works Administration. CCC Company 872 arrived in November 1934 and worked on the park for a year. CCC Company 849 arrived in October 1936 and remained at the park until 1942 when the camp was closed.[2]

The National Park Service designed the park and the CCC used locally quarried stone to build the recreation hall, cabins, benches, culverts, picnic tables and fire pits. During World War II, the park served as a recreational site for soldiers at Camp Bowie.

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