Loy Park – Denison TX


A marker erected in 1998 describes the CCC’s role in developing Loy Park and Loy Lake:

“Grayson County officials became aware of a growing need for a public recreation facility for the area’s approximately 65,500 residents in 1930. Three years later the federal government agreed to create a small lake on land provided by the county. The county commissioners court purchased a site 2.5 miles southwest of Denison in October 1933 and secured the services of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federal public works program, to construct the dam and build a recreational park. In early November, 200 men from Wisconsin who comprised CCC Company 857 arrived in Grayson County to begin construction. Many men returned home in April 1934 at the end of the six-month contract. Though it was unusual to employ CCC workers in their own areas, 48 Grayson County men were enlisted to replenish the supply of workers in Company 857. By 1934 the CCC men had created a recreation center with a lake, a roadway, 13 culvert bridges, six “battleship” picnic units, a baseball diamond, and a partially completed central tower of native stone. Initially called Grayson County Park, the facility was renamed Judge Jake L. Loy State Park in 1934 in an effort to secure state assistance in completing the park. The commissioners court retrieved custody of the park in 1937 after no state maintenance had occurred. Under the supervision of the county commissioners court, the facility created by the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps program continues to be enjoyed by area citizens.”   (http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us)

Source notes

Texas Historical Commission Atlas: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/viewform.asp?atlas_num=5181011906&site_name=Civilian%20Conservation%20Corps%20at%20Loy%20Park%2C%20The&class=5000

Project originally submitted by Susan Kline on January 30, 2014.

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Location Info

Loy Park
Denison, TX 75020

Coordinates: 33.731414, -96.59001769999998

One comment on “Loy Park – Denison TX

  1. Lisa Hylton

    I have a 36 in by 10 in photo of the CCC workers dated 2-21-34. My grandfather LeERoy Allen, was one of the workers.
    CCCC 857 Denison, Texas 2-21-34
    CAPT JD Linton, COM’DG
    CAPT RR Haley, LT AB Partridge
    On back is a stamped mark by the National Photo & News Service. $1.50 each photo

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