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Fort Worth author unearths history of Texas state parks for centennial celebration

The more George Bristol dug into the history of the Texas state parks system, the more he returned to the same conclusion: Fort Worth’s fingerprints are all over it.

“There’s almost a straight line from the very beginning, with Amon Carter and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram voicing endorsement and support of state parks that went right through the ‘30s,” Bristol said.

Bristol, a prominent conservationist who led a 20-year push to increase funding for state parks, spent two years in his Fort Worth office researching the history of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is celebrating its centennial this year.

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