Thunderbird Lodge at Washington State Park earns Preserve Missouri Award

The Thunderbird Lodge at Washington State Park has received the Preserve Missouri Award by Missouri Preservation, which was announced during the virtual Missouri Preservation 2021 Honor Awards on June 8. 

The Preserve Missouri Award recognizes outstanding preservation efforts and projects around the state.

Built in the 1930s by Civilian Conservation Corps African American Company No. 1743, Thunderbird Lodge originally served as a dining hall. 

Today, it serves as a welcoming center and store for visitors to Washington State Park.

The dining hall was christened Camp Thunderbird after the nearby Native American petroglyphs, and the Thunderbird symbol was incorporated into aspects of the lodge’s construction, including the building’s stone chimney and handmade iron door locking mechanisms.

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