CCC’s

There was a comment from Tony (who apparently flunked American History) as to what were the CCC’s.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was formed by President Franklyn Delano Roosevelt on March 31st, 1933 during the height of the Great Depression as part of the New Deal. It was to put young rural men from ages 18 to 25 to work so they could feed their starving famalies. They were paid $30 per month but were only allowed to keep $5 and the remaing $25 to be sent home to their parents or guardian. The Corps was under the supervision of the Forestry Commision. By July of 1933 there were 300,000 men in 1300 camps throughout the United States.

Some of their jobs included, building roads, dams, trails, planting trees and creating and maintaing state parks. From 1933 to 1935 some of their accomplishments were to have built 46,854 bridges, 4622 fish rearing ponds, created 800 state parks, restored 3980 historic sites, built 204 lodges and museums and miles and miles of trails.

Any more questions Tony?

2 Comments:

  1. Good lesson on the CCC. Their impact on the U.S. is still seen today in essentially every state. Anytime you go through a national park and see a rock retaining wall that looks like it cost $1 million to build, that was the CCC. Many of these men were unemployed craftsmen – stone masons, lumbermen, cabinet makers, etc. The quality of their work was incredible and is a lasting, positive reminder of an ugly time in our country. There are thousands of acres of towering white pine and red pine plantations here in the east which were established by the CCC – 45 years before plantation forestry was practiced anywhere in the U.S. I recently started working on a project in Hawaii. While on the big island, I was amazed to see vast plantations of various eucalyptus strains which were 160′ tall. You guessed it – CCC. As Al noted, perhaps their most impressive feats were the lodges they built, such as the Paridise lodge at Mt. Rainier. All built by materials on site. Amazing.

  2. I didn’t know this was a place to tell racist jokes. You’re a real class act, Tony.

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