Wistful Wednesday: CCC Camp 1936

The Civilian Conservation Corps was part of the New Deal proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was a public relief program for unemployed men after the Great Depression. The CCC workers worked on natural resource conservation from 1933 to 1942. They built buildings and made roads and trails in State and National Parks.

Far Guys Dad worked in the CCC Camp at Lake Itasca in 1936. He recalled a really cold winter. The deer were starving, so they were told to distribute hay bales, the deer kept dying, but their bellies were full of hay. Deer cannot digest hay in the winter their stomachs are used to twigs and what ever else they can browse. In the spring he helped to plant trees and clear out trails around the Headwaters of the Mississippi.

This photograph was taken on February 10, 1936. On the back of the photo is the date and this notation. 52 BELOW ZERO.

I am hoping that my Grandchildren will take note of this story someday, perhaps one day when they walk across the rocks of the Headwaters on a warm day they will have a new appreciation for the cool shade of the tree lined walkway back to the parking lot:)

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2 Responses to Wistful Wednesday: CCC Camp 1936

  1. Avatar of Kay Syvrud Kay Syvrud says:

    Two of the kids’ novels that I have really enjoyed more than once are A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO and A YEAR DOWN YONDER. Both are written by Richard Peck and both chronicle the life of a family in the worst years of the Great Depression. The narrator’s brother is sent to a CCC camp in Montana because his parents cannot afford to keep him at home and the narrator has to go live with her eccentric (but livewire) Gramma in southern Illinois. These two books are worth the read—-they are so compelling and so humourous, yet so serious as far as the desperate situation many people faced in those bad years. My parents used to talk about the winter of 1936 which was the worst in local history I think. Good pictures and good blog, as always.

  2. Avatar of abra la mente says:

    That is a great picture. Thanks for sharing some history of one of my favorite parks; I have very fond memories of each time I’ve visited, and will be even more appreciative the next time I visit. ;-)