Legion State Park
|Legion State Park|
|Mississippi State Park|
|Elevation||453 ft (138 m) |
|Area||420 acres (170 ha) |
|Management||Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks|
|Website: Legion State Park|
Legion State Park
|Location||635 Legion State Park Rd., Louisville, Mississippi|
|MPS||State Parks in Mississippi built by the CCC MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||98001333|
|Added to NRHP||November 5, 1998|
Legion State Park is public recreation area located on the north edge of the city of Louisville, Mississippi, and adjacent to Tombigbee National Forest. As Legion State Park Historic District, the state park entered the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. It is managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
The park is one of the original Mississippi state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The CCC began creating the park in October 1934; it opened the public in July 1937. It includes the Legion Lodge, a hand-hewn log structure that has remained unaltered since its construction.
Activities and amenities
The park features fishing on two small lakes (12 acres (4.9 ha) and 4 acres (1.6 ha)), primitive and developed campsites, cabins and cottages, a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) nature trail, picnic area, and CCC-era visitors center.
- "Legion Lake Dam". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Legion State Park" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. August 5, 1998. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- "Legion State Park". Parks and Destinations. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
- "State Parks in Mississippi built by the CCC between 1934 - 1942" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form. National Park Service. August 15, 1996. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
By July, 1935, a total of nine new parks were under construction. These nine were Leroy Percy in Washington County; Tombigbee in Lee County; Clarkco in Clarke County; Legion in Winston County; Tishomingo in Tishomingo County; Holmes County; Roosevelt in Scott County; Spring Lake (later re-named Wall Doxey) in Marshall County; and Percy Quin in Pike County.
- Legion State Park Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks