June 30, 2010 by wcobserver
By Tim V Scott
The CCC was one of many programs under the New Deal that was created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Administration during the Great Depression. FDR was inaugurated on March 4th, 1933 and by the first of April plans for the first CCC camp were under way. In fact, Arkansas State Parks got its start from the CCC. Some of the parks you may be familiar with that were CCC camps are Petit Jean State Park, Mount Nebo State Park, Lake Catherine State Park, Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Buffalo River State Park (now a part of the National Parks system) and Devil’s Den State Park.
At Devil’s Den, like the other parks, those young men were here not only to build a park, but to help get a nation back on her feet. Enrollees earned a dollar a day, but about 75% of the money went back home to their families. There were several taglines used to describe the CCC and its work. One was “Join the CCC and see the world a shovelful at a time,” but my favorite is “We can take it.” I believe it is pretty self explanatory.
Nationwide the CCC built over 13,100 miles of trails, and they planted more than two billion trees. At Devil’s Den they built cabins, trails, campsites and the lake and dam. This Sunday will mark the yearly reunion of the last CCC Company at the park, #3795
The park is very proud of its CCC heritage, and the works of the “CCC Boys.” At the time, I am sure they did not know they were making history, but they were. They not only had an impact on the nation’s heritage, but also on the history of Arkansas State Parks.
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