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Citizens for Blanco State Park Update
Searching for Recipes, Stories, and Photos for Cookbook
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 • Posted April 13, 2011

What can you do to help our Blanco State Park?  Right now, you can turn in your recipes, park pictures, and park stories. This week is the last week for turning in your recipes. We are looking for any pictures of the rodeo arena, the Blanco Valley Fair and stock shows, The American Quarter Horse Shows, the activities at the Centennial, the FFA turkey shoots, and the barbecue with LBJ.

All of that happened in the park and we’d love to have any copies of these pictures. This is for the historical cookbook we are putting together and all proceeds will go to the State Park. We’ve been going back into the Blanco County News archives and we’re learning so much and realizing, even more, just how much our State Park means, and how much the community of Blanco really promoted, cared and cares for the park, and have pulled together to keep this park a state jewel.

Linda Flannery and I have started at the beginning of the archives, in 1933, when the State Park was born and have just gone through the 50s (when I was born) to 1960.  We have been on the microfilm machine in the Blanco Library; they have been very helpful there.

Past headlines about Blanco State Park: June 4, 1936  The Blanco County News will now have a new column: Blanco State Park News.  December 4, 1953  Park Bridge is now open to Traffic. Mr. Cravitt, manager, stated the low water bridge, which was destroyed by the flood, was rebuilt due to Mr. Morris Luersen, who loaned some of his men and equipment for the construction job. August 6, 1954  Preparing for the Mammoth Centennial Celebration and Fair to be held on Friday and Saturday, August 6-7. Construction for the stage in the middle of the lake (river) has been completed where the Queens coronations will be staged. The stage for the Historical Pageant was completed and grounds leveled. Bleachers have been set up to accommodate 2400 people.

In reading all these articles, it is clear that our caring and giving community had, and still has, so much pride in Blanco State Park.

If you read the history it seems like our community was always working so hard but, due to the legislative budget, the park system never got much money in the budget. I guess times really haven’t changed in that area.

So you ask, “What can we do?” Help us with the cookbook, the history, join the Blanco Park Friends Group, volunteer, get on board with helping market the park and raise funds, buy a park pass, encourage use of the park, and contact and keep in touch with your State Representative and Senator; let them know why and how this park is so important. 

You may take your recipes, stories, and pictures to the Chamber of Commerce office, email Sharon Romero at, Jo Nell Haas at, or call Jo Nell at 830-833-5695. You have to hurry to be a part of this historical cookbook.


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