The Boom Years: 1941-1965
Only one year after the Civilian Conservation Corps camp closed, the United States entered the Second World War. The war years meant a decline in funding for the park, yet visitation continued to climb.
The steady increase in visitors quickly increased in the post-war years. In 1949, Platt National Park boasted over one million visitors for the first time. These visitors came to the park for it's recreational and outdoor opportunities, not for the healing properties of the water.
Did You Know?
In 1904 Forest Townsley was appointed the first park ranger in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in today's Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. In 1913 he transferred to Yosemite National Park, where he later became Chief Ranger. More...