Olustee in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Legacy Remembered
During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt approved a plan to recruit thousands of unemployed young men into a "Civilian Conservation Corps" (CCC)
From 1933-1942 the CCC employed over 3 million Americans. They built and repaired roads, planted trees, fought forest fires, constructed bridges and worked on a variety of other projects.
The fire "lookout" tower in front of you is just one of many fine CCC projects completed in Florida.
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The CCC enrollees became a part of the community. They attended local churches, socialized and competed in sports. Company 418 had a quartet that sang on a local radio station.
A quote from a yearbook about company 418 seems to fit all the men who worked in the CCC. "The pride of the men is unusual, and the morale is such as might be expected, when men are taken from the maladjustments of a depression-hit world and given the chance of honest work, coupled with the opportunity to better themselves, for a return to civilian life."
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Company 453 at Camp P-67, Olustee, Fl 1935
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Company 418 at Camp P-67, Olustee, Fl 1937
In recognition of all the men from Companies 418, 451 and 453 who worked at Olustee and Ocean Pond CCC Camps
Marker series. Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 30° 12.777′ N, 82° 23.349′ W. Marker is in Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from 17 Mile Camp Road near Michael Cason Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olustee FL 32072, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee) (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Olustee (about 400 feet away); Olustee Battlefield (about 500 feet away); The Yankees are Coming (about 600 feet away); Camp at Sanderson (approx. 7.6 miles away); Mount Zion Baptist Church and Swift Creek Cemetery (approx. 8.8 miles away); Union County (approx. 13.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Olustee.
Also see . . . Civilian Conservation Corps, brief history. ... Accepting the Presidential nomination on July 1, 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt planned to fight against soil erosion and declining timber resources by utilizing unemployed young men from large urban areas. In what would later be called “The Hundred Days,” President Roosevelt revitalized the faith of the nation (Submitted on May 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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