Thursday, August 20, 2009

Giant City State Park

Joli and I went exploring. Giant City State Park in southern Illinois is a real gem. The Giant City Trail winds through Makanda Sandstone blocks separated by time and weather forming alleys, encouraging moss and exploration.

The park owes its lodge and trail development to the Civilian Conservation Corps who worked here from 1933 to 1942, sending $25 of their $30 monthly earnings home to families. Their skill with local materials and sensitivity to the natural environment while making paths, culverts, bridges, roads, regenerated forests have made this a special place.

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