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Crawford State Park in Crawford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Hard Times

 
 
Hard Times Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 15, 2011
1. Hard Times Marker
Inscription.
Proof of how hard times were during the Great Depression, this CCC recruiting poster depicts a young man wearing a clean, pressed uniform with a plate of food. Another incentive to enroll into the CCC was a $30.00 a month salary with $25.00 withheld to be sent home to their families. The men got to keep the leftover $5.00 for spending money. All their clothes and all they could eat were free.

The 788th and the Local Econoomy
Feeding and supplying 200 men meant purchasing large quantities of materials. Local towns such as Girard and Farlington were kept alive by selling products to the camp. Fruit and vegetables for the mess hall, oats and hay for the mule teams, and fuel, tires, and spare parts for the equipment all helped to keep the local economy alive. Many local families made extra money by selling services to the men, such as shoe repair and washing and mending clothes.

By the end of 1934, the total revenue generated from the CCC put $72,000,000 back into the nation's devastated economy.

[Display caption reads]
As much as 1200 square yards of earth was hauled in daily to form the dam. This sled that you see before you was pulled by a tractor to level out the fill as it was being compacted.

[Photo caption reads]
An early view of the north side of the [Girard town]
Hard Times Marker and Grading Sled image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 15, 2011
2. Hard Times Marker and Grading Sled
West Lake Road beyond fence in background
square. The Girard National Bank is now located where the E. Beadle store is pictured.
 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 37° 38.625′ N, 94° 48.892′ W. Marker is in Crawford State Park, Kansas, in Crawford County. Click for map. Marker is along the CCC Memorial Trail, which begins at the CCC Monument, about 400 feet ESE of the park entrance, off 710th Avenue (Kansas Route 277), near West Lake Road. Marker is in this post office area: Farlington KS 66734, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Brief History of the 788th Company [CCC] (within shouting distance of this marker); Work Done By Hand (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camp of Co. 788 of the Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Education (within shouting distance of this marker); Equipment (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fire Devils (within shouting distance of this marker); C.C.C. Volunteer (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beginning (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Crawford State Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Crawford State Park, Kansas. (Submitted on December 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Civilian Conservation Corps in Oklahoma History & Culture
Photo on Hard Times Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Photo on Hard Times Marker
. (Submitted on December 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 299 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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