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    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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Learning More about Platt National Park

A close reading of books covering the history of the National Park System will uncover the conspicuous absence of Platt National Park. Often overlooked, the history and legacy of Platt National Park provide powerful lessons regarding the evolution of the American system of National Parks.

On this page are resources that fill in the fascinating story of Platt National Park.

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A History of Platt National Park (4.82MB pdf file)
Written by park superintendent Perry Brown in 1954, and slightly revised two years later for the park's fiftieth anniversary, this document provides a look at how the park's story was being told at a time when the founding generation of the park was passing and visitor use was undergoing dramatic shifts.

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Know Your Service: "Platt National Park" (115KB PDF file)
Part of a series of informational circulars intended to inform National Park Service employees of agency history and activities, this file includes the cover letter and a one page summary covering Platt National Park. This document includes an "Indian legend" about the park that is generally considered to be false.

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Did You Know?

Historic photograph of the Lincoln Bridge

When the Lincoln Bridge in the Platt Historic District [the former Platt National Park, 1906-1976] of Chickasaw National Recreation Area was dedicated on February 12, 1909, Mrs. Lucy Bennett climbed to the top of a turret and broke a bottle of mineral water on the wall to christen the structure. More...