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Boiling Springs State Park, Woodward
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Boiling Springs State Park is a park built near Woodward, Oklahoma, USA, by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.HistoryThe park originated in the 1930s and was named for its springs. It was constructed as a park from the natural environment by the Civilian Conservation Corps.Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and pioneers have visited and inhabited the land used for the park. Spanish expeditions from Mexico are believed to have visited the area as early as 1541 as part of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado’s search for the fabled "Seven Cities of Gold". In 1641, another Spanish explorer – Juan de Oñate - reported that several Indian encampments were found near the cool springs and heavy timber of the area. In 1823, U.S. Cavalry General Thomas James established a fur trading post here. Captain Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone, explored the vicinity of the park in 1843 on an expedition originating from Fort Gibson in eastern Oklahoma. Pioneers flocking into this area during the land run of 1893 found the location quite suitable for farming and hunting. In the early 1900s, area residents were just beginning to find and enjoy the recreation potential of this site.In 1935, much of the land comprising the present day park was acquired by the City of Woodward to provide a place for recreation for its citizens and visitors. Although the local "swimming hole" was already present, the primary development work was accomplished by the young men of Company 2822 of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1935 to 1939. A monument stands in the main picnic area of the park in honor of the contributions made by these men in making the park a place for so many to enjoy.
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  • This is just another one of Oklahoma's beautiful state parks. The "boiling springs" are a little underwhelming, but the rest of the park is really enjoyable. My wife and I went mostly to hike, and we ...  more »
  • It is a very nice park with swimming and camping available. The spring it's self is not very large but as I stood there with a plastic bottle of water in my hand, that I had paid almost two dollars fo...  more »
  • Smaller state park but nearby attractions of Little Sahara and Albabaster Caverns give you something more to do. Very small sectioned off part that has an area for you to view the boiling spring (more...  more »