The area has a long human history: "People have inhabited Palo Duro Canyon for about 12,000 years. The Clovis and Folsom peoples first lived in the canyon and hunted large herds of mammoth and giant bison. Other cultures, such as the Apache, Comanche and Kiowa, used the canyon’s plentiful resources more recently." During the Red River War against the Native Americans, their horses were all killed, their possessions destroyed, and they were expelled from the area. (source)
|Looking across the canyon.|
|A Mississippi Kite.|
|A black-crested titmouse.|
The gift shop/park headquarters in Palo Duro has a room of historic items from the CCC -- in my experience, this is unusual. Most places that were built with CCC labor make only a brief acknowledgement.
|From the exhibit at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park Visitor's Center.|
|A CCC worker's uniform and other items from this era.|