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Like many aspects of life in the Lone Star state, the parks in those parts defy easy description and they include lands around the Rio Grande River and Palo Duro Canyon. This particular digital exhibit created by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission tells the story of the Texas State Park system through historical images, first-hand recollections, and short essays. The exhibit is divided into eight sections, including "The Texas State Parks Board", "Texas Parks Go to War", and "Contemporary Issues". If visitors look at nothing else at the site, they should check out the "Early Years" area. Here they can learn about the early struggle to preserve the Alamo and also look at the original foot print of the building on an old fire insurance map. Overall, the site is more than a bit fun, and it also does a nice job of putting some of the issues facing parks in Texas into a broader national debate about the administration of state and national parks across the country.
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