Regions of the Pocono Plateau are as vacant as the upper portions of the state of Maine. Promised Land State Park, the fourth in the state's system of state parks, was acquired after multiple clear-cuttings had all but destroyed the landscape. Though rudimentary facilities were opened three years after it was established, it was not until Governor Gifford Pinchot's second term in 1933 that President Franklin Roosevelt's public works program was applied to creating the facilities that now give the park its character. Civilian Conservation Corps crews cleared sites and built log structures that adhered to the rustic vocabulary then fashionable among National Park Service staff, thereby branding the wilderness experience.
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