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Old 05-20-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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We've all seen 'em. We've all stayed at atleast one! The projects from the Emergency Work Program initiated by FDR in a whirl wind fashion in the first 100 days of his first administration. More commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the program salvaged a significant segment of the young men of an entire generation from the economic disaster of the Great Depression. Every American family has benefited from the CCC.

I am attempting to organize a list of the projects for my family. My uncles who participated in the program are gone now and that resource is not available for me. If anyone has suggestions or links for the CCC program they would be helpful and appreciated. My family was primarily involved in the Cumberland Plateau/Norris Dam area as well as other south states. We feel it is important for our family to understand that the generation of our brothers, fathers, grand fathers and uncles accomplished even more than winning a great war. They rebuilt an entire nation and world.
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We've all seen 'em. We've all stayed at atleast one! The projects from the Emergency Work Program initiated by FDR in a whirl wind fashion in the first 100 days of his first administration. More commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the program salvaged a significant segment of the young men of an entire generation from the economic disaster of the Great Depression. Every American family has benefited from the CCC.

I am attempting to organize a list of the projects for my family. My uncles who participated in the program are gone now and that resource is not available for me. If anyone has suggestions or links for the CCC program they would be helpful and appreciated. My family was primarily involved in the Cumberland Plateau/Norris Dam area as well as other south states. We feel it is important for our family to understand that the generation of our brothers, fathers, grand fathers and uncles accomplished even more than winning a great war. They rebuilt an entire nation and world.
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Growing up in West Texas, two CCC projects that I can think of (both of which are still going strong) are Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountains State Park (Fort Davis, TX) and San Solomon springs at Balmorhea State Park (Balmorhea, TX). These projects are 35 miles apart but, in terms of elevation, terrain, climate, etc. might as well be 1000 miles apart.

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Blue Ridge Parkway was a CCC project. Most (if not all) of those beautiful scenic overlooks were carefully planned and planted! And they did a wonderful job!.
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I'm not sure how many CCC camps have been preserved, but I've been to one in the Bemidji, Mn area.
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Up on the Cumberland Plateau in Crossville, Tn, the Homesteads community was a CCC project initiated by FDR. The homes are beautiful to this day although several years ago a tornado came through the area and did some extensive damage.
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Old 05-21-2007, 01:55 PM   #7
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Rusty, from what I've read Texas has abunch of State/national parks established or improved by the CCC. I knew Big Bend was one but the 2 you mention sound like they are definitely worth the visit.

Amen, Ms. Lorna! I recently saw a History channel documentary re: the BR parkway. I had not known it was another of the CCC's work until that time. Each project had it's own engineers and architects if appropriate is my understanding.

Adj. the actual camps were mlitary property (usually Army) most of the building were pre-fab/modular and were disassembled, then relocated. The only indications of the camps where the enrollees actually lived I have actually seen at parks/forest are concrete slabs or beautifully aged, moss covered stone stairways accessing the camp area. I would like to see the barracks or out buildings some day soon. I'll check out the Bemidji area.

Chief would you know where or how I might find more information about this specific project? One of my uncles purchased one of the properties. I really hate that I was not able tocome up with the funds at the time to keep it in the family. Beautiful native stone w/pine paneling. Excellent craftsmanship. I've an old (circa 1940) Tennessee tour book (another of the EWP/CCC affiliated projects according to tthe copyright) which generally mentions the then new Norris dam and experimental homes and communities on the Plateau, but no specifics.

I thank ya'll alot! This will help beaucoup.
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