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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Those Places Thursday - CCC Museum at Desoto State Park, Alabama

I recently visited the new CCC Museum at Desoto State Park in northeastern Alabama.  Desoto sits in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Ft. Payne.  The Civilian Conservation Corps. was one of the work relief programs begun during the Depression that built over 800 state parks, as well as roads, buildings and forests  nationwide.  My father-in-law was a part of the Desoto CCC in 1938; he was from a farm family in southern Alabama and would have been about 23 or 24 when he worked at the camp.  Desoto has a beautiful stone lodge and cabins built during that era, as well as a bridge that was to span Straight Creek, but was left unfinished due to the outbreak of World War II. The CCC camps were closed as the young men left to join the military.
Men were paid $30 a month, $25 of which had to be sent home



An example of the mens dormitories



 DeSoto State Park's Facebook page contains many wonderful photos of the CCC camp and the men who worked there.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/DeSoto-State-ParkFort-Payne-Alabama/353666125257.

PBS also had a documentary on The American Experience several years ago about the CCC http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/ccc/.

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to see that there are CCC museums all over. Last month I blogged about a CCC museum in New Hampshire, and since then I've heard from several other states. It's a history we don't want to lose!

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