OCTOBER 12, 1974

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p174
This article recalls the signing to law of a bill to make a portion of the Big Thicket of east Texas a national preserve by U.S. President Gerald R. Ford on October 12, 1974. The Big Thicket of east Texas remains one of the most primitive forest areas in the country. It contained magnificent flowers, birds of every possible type, and wild animals. In the late 1920s people started trying to get the thicket set aside as a national park. The idea ran into great resistance. Finally the U.S. Senate approved making a portion of the thicket a national preserve.


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