Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge – Medicine Park

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Address: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge  Indiahoma, Oklahoma 73552 County: Comanche
Started: 1933 Completed: 1940

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Description:

New Deal-funded crews conducted extensive work at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma. According to a marker at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, CCC workers created “dams, roads, buildings, fences, trails, and many of the recreational facilities still in use today.”

According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, “There are numerous artificial lakes, with the first, Lost Lake, completed in 1926. Most were created during the 1930s under the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) or the Works Progress Administration (WPA).”Description of work: According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (see source note 1 below), “A three-mile drive to the top of Mt. Scott and a past Works Progress Administration (WPA) pavement project offers visitors a panoramic view of the Wichita Mountain range.”

Also from the Oklahoma Historical Society: “In 1938 a road to Mount Scott’s peak officially opened. It was a joint project of the Public Works Administration, a private firm, and the WPA.” At the peak of Mount Scott is a WPA marker dated to 1940.

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. The Living New Deal
  3. The CCC and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge – Lawton, Oklahoma,” Waymarking.com, accessed August 15, 2014.
  4. “Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge,” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, accessed August 15, 2014.
  5. “Refuge Drives Stir the Senses,” U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, accessed August 15, 2014.
  6. “Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge,” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, accessed August 15, 2014.
  7. “WPA Marker – Mount Scott,” Becky Robbins, Panoramio.com, accessed July 27, 2015.

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