Lawmakers Tour Lake Murray

08-14-06 - Local lawmakers are pushing to renovate Lake Murray back to its original state.

A majority of the structures were built back in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps using native stone and timber. It was a way to generate revenue for families struggling to make ends meet during the depression.

Now, state lawmakers, the State Tourism Department, the Department of Corrections and Career Tech have teamed up to renovate the historic structures just like they were built 70 years ago.

The EJ Johnston Memorial Bridge will be the first location to see a makeover. Department of Corrections inmates, under the watchful eye of a Career Tech instructor, are remodeling the caretakers cabin in the buzzards roost area.

To make it all possible, Oklahoma State Parks set aside $100,000 for materials and lawmakers secured another $75,000 to cover instructor and labor costs.