History of the Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps was created during the Great Depression by President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s New Deal, and created various levels of skilled and manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of lands owned by federal, state, and local governments.  What began as a program to hire 300,000 young unmarried men of a certain age, eventually expanded to ages 17-28.  Over nine years 3 million men were provided shelter, clothing, food and a stipend of $30/month (which is equivalent to $700 today).

We treated two items created by the men of the CCC for Crater Lake: the CCC Table and the CCC Bench, shown below.

The American public loved the CCC because they believed it led to improved physical condition, heightened morale, and increased employability through training on the job. Many project created by the CCC led to an appreciation of the our nation’s parks and natural resources.

With the advent of World War II and the draft, the need for the CCC declined, and Congress voted to close the program in 1942.


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