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Near Van Buren in Carter County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

There Was Work To Be Done

 
 
There Was Work To Be Done Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. There Was Work To Be Done Marker
Inscription. The CCC worked within state and national parks and forest areas across the nation combating soil erosion, fighting forest fires and building park facilities. At Big Spring, boys from 3 separate camps (Co. 1710, 734 and 1740) kept busy with a variety of projects through cooperation with the Missouri state parks system in work phases from June 1933 through April 1937. Working largely by hand, the CCC used raw materials from the area to protect natural resources and enhance recreational activities.

CCC at Big Spring
Provide Recreational Facilities
Fight Forest Fires
Protect Big Spring

Forestry
Forest preservation was a high priority. Co. 1710 cleared roadsides, removed downed trees and cut brush for fire prevention. They also fought periodic forest fires. Camp 734 built a fire tower in the southwestern corner of the park during their few months at Big Spring (Nov. 1933 - Apr. 1934) to aid in forest protection.

Lodge and Cabins
Work at Big Spring State Park included buildings for park visitors. Between 1934 and 1936, the CCC built, renovated and/or relocated 20 structures. A style combining native stone and hand hewn timbers in a "rustic" design to blend in with the surroundings was used in the dining lodge, 3 cabins, and entrance station, restrooms, picnic shelters, concession
Location of the Camp image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Location of the Camp
Detail of the map showing location of the original CCC Camp.
stand and a museum.

Dikes
Company 1710 immediately started work on dikes to protect the Big Spring from Current River flood waters. Working primarily by hand and aided by an old steam pile driver, they constructed 5 dikes with oak pilings and over 6000 truck loads of rocks to keep the river in its channel.

Trails
The C's cleared and graveled 5 hiking and horseback trails, providing access to scenic sections of the park behind the spring and along the river toward Chubb Hollow.
 
Location. 36° 56.881′ N, 90° 59.6′ W. Marker is near Van Buren, Missouri, in Carter County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway Z and Pea Vine Road (State Highway 103), on the right when traveling north on State Highway Z. Click for map. Located in the Big Springs unit of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, in front of the park information center. Marker is in this post office area: Van Buren MO 63965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Hains - 1710 (a few steps from this marker); CCC - A Peace-Time Army (a few steps from this marker); Building Human Happiness (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Spring-A Karst Topography
Markers at the CCC Interpretive Display image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Markers at the CCC Interpretive Display
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Big Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Van Buren (approx. 3.5 miles away); Carter County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away).
 
Categories. 20th Century
 
Park Entrance Station image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
4. Park Entrance Station
One of those built by the CCC.
Big Springs image. Click for full size.
By Lena Sue Woods, May 21, 2009
5. Big Springs
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Lena Sue Woods of Fisk, Missouri. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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