Restoration of Historic 12th Street Fountain Nears Completion
Contact: Dan Winings, 580 622-7282
SULPHUR, OK- Maintenance crews at Chickasaw National Recreation Area are nearly finished with the restoration of the historic fountain wall located near the 12th Street entrance to the park. The wall was damaged last year when a driver failed to negotiate the intersection of 12th Street and Perimeter Road and crashed his car into the historic native brown limestone wall of the fountain. The work is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
The fountain was originally built in 1935 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corp Camp #808 during the Great Depression. According to landscape architects at the time, the fountain became one of the main attractions in the Bromide area. The fountain wall is an integral part of the Platt National Park Historic District that was designated as a National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar during July of 2011.
Park Superintendent Bruce Noble commented, "We are pleased to be returning the 12th Street Fountain to its original historic appearance after an unfortunate traffic accident caused serious damage to the fountain in 2011."
For more information please contact the Travertine Nature Center at 580 622-7234.
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]. Townsley's son John later served as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from 1975 to 1982. More...