Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 15, Number 1, Spring, 2003 Page: 18
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FROM WATER SUPPLY TO
BY STEVEN BUTLER
A History of the Development
of White Rock Lake
Editor's Note: The first part of this article, tracing
the history of White Rock Lake Park from its origins
to 1933, appeared in thefall 2002 issue of Legacies.
/ Although the City of Dallas can be credited
with the initial development of White
Rock Lake Park, the federal government also left
its mark. Between 1935 and 1942, several permanent
park improvements were made by the
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which
performed the lion's share of the work, or were
funded by the Works Progress Administration
(WPA), two of the more visible and noteworthy
federal agencies created by Congress as part of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's plan to combat
the Great Depression.
The CCC was formed in the spring of
1933, only a few weeks after Roosevelt took
office. The agency lasted until shortly after the
United States entered World War II. Its goal was
to provide unemployed young men between the
ages of 18 and 28 with both work and the
opportunity to learn a useful trade.Veterans on
relief"with dependents to whom they are willing
to make allotments from their salary" were
also eligible for the program. Jointly administered
by the National Park Service and the
United States Army, the CCC established camps
all over the United States where youthful
recruits labored at a wide variety of public works
projects. They were paid $30 per month, with
the stipulation that the major portion of that
amount be sent home to their families.'
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Dallas Historical Society. Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 15, Number 1, Spring, 2003, periodical, 2003; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth35094/m1/20/?q=%22Civilian%20Conservation%20Corps%22: accessed January 21, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Historical Society.