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Product Details

  • Series: Texas a&M Travel Guides
  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; Travel Guides edition (January 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603448195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603448192
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“ . . . Somehow, on these pages [Brandimarte] has managed to express the experiences of the workers, early politicians, park visitors, and park professionals as if the words were coming from the old walls themselves. . . .”—Andrew Sansom, Executive Director, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University–San Marcos



“ . . . a timely reminder of the importance of the parks to the lives of Texans and visitors alike, and of the dedication and skill with which the people of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department protect and maintain them.”—David G. Woodcock, Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Director Emeritus, Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University



"A book on this topic is long overdue. This will be an important study, and I look forward to having it on my bookshelf very soon."--Dan K. Utley, Chief Historian, Center for Texas Public History, Texas State University--San Marcos; co-author, History Ahead: Stories Beyond the Texas Roadside Markers

(Dan K. Utley 2012-06-03)

"It's a great story about an essential public service, and informs a new generation of park visitors. The authors have produced a very competent work, making strong contributions to Texas political and cultural history."--James W. Steely, consulting historian and author,f Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal

(James M. Steely 2012-07-09)

"It is inconceivable to imagine that Texas would have a state parks system without the immense contribution of the members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. My colleagues Cynthia Brandimarte and Angela Reed, who know more about the cultural resources found in our state parks than anyone, have given life to that contribution through the voices of those who built the unique structures in beloved places like Bastrop and Palo Duro Canyon State Parks. Somehow, on these pages they have managed to express the experiences of the workers, early politicians, park visitors, and park professionals as if the words were coming from the old walls themselves. For those of us who have loved and enjoyed the Texas state parks system for so long, Brandimarte and Reed have found an eloquent way to tell the story of its origins and of the impoverished youth who found in these beautiful places their own humanity."—Andrew Sansom, Executive Director, Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University in San Marcos
(Andrew Sansom 2012-09-04)

“The CCC legacy to the Texas state park system is invaluable and irreplaceable.  This well-researched book is a timely reminder of the importance of the parks to the lives of Texans and visitors alike, and of the dedication and skill with which the people of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department protect and maintain them.”--David G. Woodcock,  Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Director Emeritus, Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University.
(David G. Woodcock 2012-09-07)

“Cynthia Brandimarte and Angela Reed have done a 'work of love' in the publication of Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. They have been able to capture the beauty and history of the development of our Texas state parks where the CCC started our system. We need to remember the hard work and effort these 'boys' of the CCC gave for generations of Texans and other visitors to enjoy. I would recommend this book to anyone who has gone to any of our Parks and would like to visit others.”—John Cobb, President, Texans for State Parks
(John Cobb Texans for State Parks 2013-02-15)

"This book, which has plenty of vintage and current photos, should stand as the definitive work on this interesting segment in the history of Texas' state parks program."--Mike Cox, Austin American-Statesman
(Mike Cox Austin American-Statesman 2013-05-25)

"In Texas State Parks and the CCC:The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Cynthia Brandimarte has written a rich history about how this New Deal program left an indelible stamp on many of the Texas State parks."--David Martin Davies, The Source
(David Martin Davies The Source 2013-05-27)

"Those interested in Texas State Parks and the [Civilian Conservation Corps] will want this coffee-table volume, but more importantly it is a logical purchase for all community, regional, and historical libraries in Texas. Published in 2013 in the Texas A&M Travel Guides series, this beautiful and informative book is a valuable resource for all who are curious about CCC legacy in the Texas parks. The book's modest price of $25 make it an affordable acquisition...
Throughout, the book employs maps, posters, photos of places and events, charts, architectural renditions, cartoons, and people in the parks to illustrate its story." --Ronald C. Brown, Texas State University-San Marcos
(Ronald C. Brown Southwestern Historical Quarterly)

About the Author

CYNTHIA BRANDIMARTE is director of the historic sites and structures program at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin, where she oversees the architectural preservation and protection of historic park resources. ANGELA REED, who now serves as preservation program manager for Preservation Austin, formerly coordinated the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Parks Initiative.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mister Fenster on March 18, 2013
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I did read this book and liked it. It's an easy read. Many pictures and quite a few of them I hadn't seen before. The authors do an outstanding job of explaining the Great Depression, and they do it in about 12 paragraphs so you don't have to suffer very long with the explanation. The legacy of the Texas CCC state parks is examined. This is an approachable book with plenty of fresh thoughts and outstanding illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Daugherty on March 3, 2013
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I really enjoy this book as it is well written with many interesting facts about the life and times of a past generation that went through many struggles during a tough period in our US history. My Dad was in the CCC as a young man and many of the pictures and notes from this book brings to my rememberance the stories he told me as a child growing up and to be reminded of these trough this book is amazing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dottie Lou on April 12, 2013
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I chose this rating because of the pictures and narrative. My father was in CCC in Mississippi and as a little girl I heard him say many many times, "When I was in CC Camp..." It is great that Dr. Brandimarte encapsulates this period of history for Texas and for such a meaningful and memorable time in all of our history. Dad is thoroughly engrossed in it--at age 95!
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Amazing photos, stories, histories and descriptions of Texas' unique state park system. The architectural accents employed by the CCC to compliment the park's surrounding terrain is mind-blowing.
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