United States Civilian Conservation Corps
Colton State Park
Beginning late in 1929, the Great Depression was a desperate time for the economy of the United States. The stock market crashed and unemployment reached record high levels.
Elected in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt acted quickly to start relief. Thirty-seven days after inauguration, the first enrollee signed into the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Many young men came to the camps hungry and poorly clothed. They were issued uniforms and given three meals a day. Most young men gained about forty pounds while in the CCC. The men earned $30 a month, most of which was sent home to their families.
The U.S. Army ran the camps, but foresters directed the work. The CCC fought forest fires, planted trees, built roads and buildings and created many state parks. The CCC transformed Pennsylvania and the United States. Hard work—Pride—Spirit—Education—Recreation—Sports—Comradery—Heritage.
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“I propose to create a Civilian Conservation Corps to be used in simple work…more important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt March 9, 1933.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 41° 42.523′ N, 77° 27.917′ W. Marker is in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, in Tioga County. Marker is on Colton Road. The marker is located in Colton Point. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wellsboro PA 16901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pine Creek Gorge (a few steps from this marker); Nessmuk (approx. one mile away); Pine Creek (approx. one mile away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pine Creek Path (approx. 3½ miles away); William A. Stone (approx. 4.7 miles away); The First Bank (approx. 8.8 miles away); Mary Wells Morris (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wellsboro.
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