|Sign at the entrance to the|
Big Spring State Park
There is no entrance fee to the park although donations are accepted. It is a day-use only park that closes at sundown. There is a sign at the entrance that lets you know when sundown will happen on the day you are there. There is a group pavilion, which can accommodate about 50 people, on top of the mountain, that can be rented out. There is a nature trail, which has a prairie dog town and informational signs that tell you what some of the vegetation is that you see while walking. Scattered around the park are benches to sit on to rest and relax. Many people walk, jog or cycle around the loop road around the top of the mountain daily. While exercising you can enjoy the view from the 200 foot bluffs that drop away from the road.
The 382 acre park was created from land deeded by the city of Big Spring in 1934. Beginning in 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the infrastructure of the park. Most of the construction material was limestone quarried on site. Some of what was constructed include the pavilion, pump house, residence, headquarters and restroom. The largest construction project was a three mile long road that goes around the top of the mountain. Limestone blocks line parts of the road as a type of guard-rail and more limestone was used to create the retaining walls of the road. The park opened in 1936.
|The name 'Ale Anderson'|
or maybe 'Al E. or F. Anderson'
and the date 1888
carved into the limestone
|View of Big Spring from the park|
|Fossilized skeleton of a fish|
in one of the limestone
blocks used to line the
roads in the park
If you would like more information about the park you can:
Go to this Texas Parks and Wildlife page or
View this Wikepedia Entry or
Watch this video
I took many more pictures of the park, including many carved names and initials, than I could use in this blog post. If you are interested in seeing these pictures you can click here to go to my Zenfolio gallery.
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