A Nation-Wide System of Parks – CCC

Great vintage footage video of the CCC era – Civilian Conservation Corps – and its considerable work in America’s State Parks.

TX – A killing, a park, and people who connected them

Will Copeland brought gun into Mule Lip Bar; Kevin Parsons died

Parsons’ family sued against Copeland, got 1,330 acres in settlement

Nature Conservancy and Realtor Janna Brimer helped assemble park land

Happy 80th birthday, Virginia State Parks

Happy 80th birthday, Virginia State Parks

Just as tiny acorns become mighty oak trees, the Virginia State Park system has grown from a small group of parks to a statewide network encompassing nearly 73,000 acres. On June 15, 1936, Virginia became the first state to open an entire park system on the same day.

The six parks offered modern outdoor recreational facilities while protecting areas with significant natural resources. Since then, the system has grown to 36 open parks and six parks targeted for future development. Each has natural and historical resources carefully managed and preserved while providing a wide variety of recreation opportunities for Virginia residents and visitors alike.

This year marks our 80th anniversary, a year traditionally celebrated with oak, and we’re celebrating all year long. From time capsules to tree plantings and the launch of a customer loyalty program, we’re planning special events and activities.

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Happenings in 1936

1936 was turbulent. The Great Depression lingered. The nation’s unemployment hovered around 17 percent. Hitler’s Germany and allies were threatening dissidents and neighbors and becoming ever more aggressive. People needed respite from the turmoil and, in Virginia, they could thanks to the opening of Virginia’s first six state parks.

Other events and facts from 1936:

  • A new house ran about $3,925.
  • Wages averaged $1,713 a year.
  • Gas was 10 cents a gallon, and a loaf of bread would set you back 8 cents. You could buy an ounce of gold for $35.
  • The Girl Scouts switched from homemade to commercially baked cookies.
  • Robert Redford, Carol Burnett, Burt Reynolds, Buddy Holly and John McCain were born.
  • RCA broadcasted the first real TV show.
  • Delco introduced the in-dash car radio.
  • President Roosevelt was elected to a second term.
  • The last American public hanging took place.
  • Hoover Dam was finished.
  • Jesse Owens defied Adolph Hitler and his theories of Aryan superiority by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.