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Big Spring State Park, Big Spring

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#157 of 219 in Nature in Texas
State Park · Hidden Gem · Park
Big Spring State Park is a Texas state park in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas in the United States. It was opened in 1936 after the 381.99acre upon which it is situated was deeded to the state by the city of Big Spring in 1934 and 1935. It is named for the natural spring once located on the site that was later replaced by an artificial one.
The first written record of the spring was made on October 3, 1849, in the journal of Captain R.B. Marcy of the U.S. Cavalry while on his return trip to Fort Smith, Arkansas, from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish are thought to have visited the area as early as 1768, while Comanches and other Native American groups likely frequented the region much earlier, probably attracted by the permanent water source. Carvings dated c. 1917 indicate that other visitors to the park area included cattle drivers and those travelling to new territories.
Shortly after the state of Texas acquired the land in 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps began construction on the park. Limestone quarried on-site was used in the building of the headquarters, pavilion, lodging, pump house and restroom. The limestone was also used in the building of retaining walls for a three-mile (5 km) drive that loops around Scenic Mountain. The walls were built using mortarless masonry techniques with large blocks of limestone, some weighing as much as two tons.
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  • We enjoyed this park, but were disappointed by the hype associated with it. If you live in Big Spring, I'm sure it's a great option because of the convenience. The views are nice and it's well maintained. However, if you're traveling to get here, don't let your expectations be too high. Stop by Comanche Trail Park while you're in the area and check out the spring to make your trip even more worthwhile!
  • Awesome place to go for a walk and enjoy the view! You get a nice 360 view of the area if you walk or drive this state park! It's also a great place to walk your dogs! Has a nice park if you have kids as want to let them run around!

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