Bard Springs Picnic Shelter

The Bard Springs Picnic Shelter is a historic recreational support facility in Ouachita National Forest. It is located at the Bard Springs recreation site, southeast of Mena and north of Athens in Polk County, off County Road 82 and Forest Road 106 on the banks of Blaylock Creek. It is a square open-air structure, with four rustic stone columns supporting a gabled roof. The foundation is stone, with the support columns set in concrete blocks. It was built in 1936 by a crew of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and is one of four surviving CCC structures (the others are two dams and a bathhouse) in the immediate area.[2]

Bard Springs Picnic Shelter
Bard Springs Picnic Shelter is located in Arkansas
Bard Springs Picnic Shelter
Location in Arkansas
Bard Springs Picnic Shelter is located in the United States
Bard Springs Picnic Shelter
Location in United States
Nearest cityAthens, Arkansas
Coordinates34°23′27″N 94°0′34″W / 34.39083°N 94.00944°W / 34.39083; -94.00944Coordinates: 34°23′27″N 94°0′34″W / 34.39083°N 94.00944°W / 34.39083; -94.00944
Arealess than one acre
Built1936 (1936)
Built byCivilian Conservation Corps
Architectural styleRustic
MPSFacilities Constructed by the CCC in Arkansas MPS
NRHP reference No.93001076[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 20, 1993

The shelter was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Bard Springs Picnic Shelter". Arkansas Preservation. Archived from the original on 2019-10-20. Retrieved 2015-05-01.