A century ago, at the end of a day’s journey, Texans would just find a spot along the road and set up camp. This tradition worked very well, until the advent of the automobile led to more and more Texans driving around, rushing and dirtying the sides of the roads.
In 1923, then governor. Pat Neff convinced the Legislature to create the State Parks Board, seeking to build formal parks and campgrounds where he hoped Texans “could go and forget the anxiety, strife, and vexation of everyday life. “. Foresighted, Governor Neff also noted that “primitive and scenic Texas places of native charm and distinctive beauty are rapidly disappearing” and should be preserved.