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Bastrop State Park, One Year After the Wildfire: Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

Just about one year after a devastating wildfire that torched much of its 6,000 acres, Bastrop State Park is getting ready to show visitors it's made a comeback.

Symbolizing the recovery is "a shade shelter originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Bastrop State Park during the 1930s," says Bryan Frazier of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

The structure, built by FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps, is pictured to the right as it appeared before the Labor Day fire in Lost Pines.

And here it is after being hit by what TPW&D calls " the most severe wildfire in Texas history":

Since then a lot of work has gone into restoration and facilities are ready to receive visitors:

Although much of the state park's 6,600 acres were impacted by the fire on some level, almost all of the park is fully open, including all designated campsites (many with water and electricity, and full hookups with water, electric and sewer connections); 7-8 miles of trails and bridges, the 10-acre lake and 18-hole golf course. In addition, all of the park's 13 CCC-built cabins, dining hall refectory and swimming pool (operated by the Bastrop YMCA) are also open and operational.

The work is not yet complete in the shelter, but here's what it looks like these days:

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Well on the road to recovery.

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