|CCC documentary available on YouTube|
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|Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:38 PM|
documentary on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps is
available for viewing on the Indianan Department of Natural Resources’
The channel is at dnr.IN.gov/7426.htm. For those
looking for a quick overview, a two-minute trailer of highlights is also
included on the YouTube channel.
The documentary features interviews
with Civilian Conservation Corps veterans and Pokagon State Park
interpreter Fred Wooley, an expert on CCC history. The veterans recall
living in CCC camps throughout Indiana and passing time in surrounding
communities on weekends.
The CCC was a Depression-era program aimed at getting men ages 18 to 25 back to work. It was established in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. The men of the CCC built and improved state parks and other public properties in Indiana and across the United States.
They constructed roads, hiking
trails, campgrounds and shelter houses and planted 3 billion trees
nationwide. They earned $30 a month.
Indiana had 56 CCC camps. The
program was segregated, and eight of Indiana’s camps were African-
American. With about 250 men, the 517th Company was the largest such
camp in Indiana. It helped build what is now O’Bannon Woods State Park
and helped victims of the 1937 Ohio River flood.
Indiana’s state parks can see excellent examples of CCC-built structures
at the Lower Shelter House at Brown County, the CCC Shelter at Pokagon,
the Stone Arch Bridge and Beech Grove Shelter at McCormick’s Creek, the
North and South gate houses at Clifty Falls, and the Lodge Recreation
Building at Ouabache.
The documentary was filmed in summer 2012 during an annual reunion of Indiana CCC veterans at Turkey Run.
The 2013 CCC reunion will be Aug. 24 at McCormick’s Creek as part of the Indiana Landmark’s Experience. DNR hopes to have a panel of CCC veterans who can share their experiences in the CCC.