West Texas

Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale

Balmorhea State Park by Len Philpot

Balmorhea State Park was constructed by the CCC in the early 1930s to put folks to work during the Depression.

Two hundred young men hand dug and covered with Limestone a 3,500,000 gallon pool which was filled by the San Solomon River.

Twenty-two to 28 MILLION gallons of fresh spring water flow through the pool every day making it a perfect swimming hole. The 74 degree crystal clear water provides a great facility for scuba divers to explore the 75 foot depths where they can observe two rare aquatic species…..the Comanche Springs Pupfish and the Pecos Mosquitofish.”

Photo Len Philpot