Texas Almanac, 1947-1948 Page: 321
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Sunken Gardens, San Antonio. This city is outstanding for the development of its park system.
Meridian on Texas Highway 22. Boating,
camping, fishing, fishermen's barracks, pic-
nicking and dance terrace.
Mineral Wells State Park: 55 acres, at
north city limits of Mineral Wells on U.S.
Highway 281. Picnicking, camping facilities.
Mother Neff State Park: 256 acres on Leon
River, eight miles southwest of McGregor on
county road. Oldest of Texas state parks. Has
stone pavilion or auditorium, refectory, pic-
nicking, camping and fishing.
Normangee State Park: 500 acres, six miles
west of Normangee on the old San Antonio
road. Boating, fishing, camping, cabin area
Palmetto State Park: 320 acres, on San
Marcos River, seven miles southeast of Luling
and twelve miles northwest of Gonzales on
Texas Highway 29. Unusual tropical plants in
palmetto swamps. Concession building, dance
terrace, picnicking, fishing and sulphur wells.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park: In pictur-
esque gorge of Prairie Dog Town Fork of
Red River; 15,103 acres, twelve miles east of
canyon on Texas Highway 217. Camping,
scenic drive, cabin area, lookout, concession
building and picnicking facilities. Small
charge for admission.
Possum Kingdom State Park: 6,969 acres
on Possum Kingdom Lake, on Brazos River.
One of the finest fishing and boating lakes in
Texas. The park is divided into east- and
west-side divisions by the lake. East side,
twenty-five miles from Graham and Mineral
Wells, off Texas Highways 16 and 254. Cab-
ins, fishing, camping and boating. WVest side,
twenty-five miles from Breckenridge. off U.S.
Highway 180. Cabins, boating, fishing, camp-
ing and picnicking.
San Jose Mission State Park: National his-
toric site. One mile south of city limits of
San Antonio on U.S. Highway 281. Known as
queen of all the missions. Small admission
Stephen F. Austin State Park: 671 acres on
Brazos River, three miles east of Sealy, off
U.S. Highway 90. Historical site and original
location of Stephen F. Austin's colony. Fish-
ing and picnicking.
Thirty-Sixth Division State Park: At Lake
Brownwood; 538 acres, twenty-four miles
northwest of Brownwood on Texas Highway
279. Boating, fishing, cabin area, swimming,
picnicking, dance terrace and playground
equipment. (Formerly Lake Brownwood State
Park; name changed in honor of the Thirty-
Sixth Division which had part of its training
at Camp Bowie, Brownwood.)
Tyler State Park: 985 acres, ten miles
of Tyler on Texas Highway 14. Boating,
fishing, swimming, dining room, dance ter-
race, picnicking, playground equipment.
Historic State Parks.
In addition to the state parks listed above,
and under supervision of the State Parks
Board, there are several historic state parks.
The properties of these parks are under juris-
diction of the Texas State Board of Control
though supervision is under local boards in
The San Jacinto Monument and Museum
on the park at the San Jacinto Battlefield
(under jurisdiction of State Board of Con-
trol) is twenty-three miles east of Houston
on State Highway 134. a four-mile tap con-
necting with State Highway 225. The San
Jacinto Monument Is 570 feet 4 inches tall,
grade to top, the tallest stone monument in
the world. It commemorates the victory of
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Texas Almanac, 1947-1948, book, 1947; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117136/m1/323/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.