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Near Cache in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Civilian Conservation Corps and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

1933 - 1941

 
 
The Civilian Conservation Corps and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 30, 2017
1. The Civilian Conservation Corps and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Marker
Inscription.  The Civilian Conservation Corps was organized by President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression. The program provided useful employment for nearly three million young men ages 17 to 26 and served to enhance and preserve our nation’s natural resources. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was fortunate to have hosted three CCC companies. Camp 812 - Buffalo Springs; Camp 859 - Panther Creek; and Camp 870 - Elm Island.

Under management of U.S. Army personnel, work projects on the refuge credited to these camps include dams, roads, buildings, fences, trails, and many of the recreational facilities still in use today. For their work, corpsmen were paid $30 per month of which $25 was sent home to their families in an effort to relieve the burdens arising from the Depression. They were provided housing, food, medical and dental care as well as educational training.

The CCC program improved the lives the those who worked on the many conservation and recreational projects on the refuge. Their unparalleled accomplishments in preserving this irreplaceable natural resource stand as permanent symbols to the dedication and
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productivity of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In grateful recognition of their service, this memorial has been presented to CCC companies 812, 859, and 870, April 14, 1990
by
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
United States Department of Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Erected 1990 by Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
 
Location. 34° 42.627′ N, 98° 37.398′ W. Marker is near Cache, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker can be reached from Unnamed Driveway, 0.1 miles north of Cache Meers Road (State Highway 115). Marker is located at the east end of the porte cochere of the visitor center of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cache OK 73527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ancient Natural Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Historic Homesteads (approx. 1.1 miles away); The New Deal Comes to the Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ferguson House (approx. 1.1
Marker Underneath Visitor Center Porte Cochere image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 30, 2017
2. Marker Underneath Visitor Center Porte Cochere
miles away); Chief Stumbling Bear Pass (approx. 8.7 miles away); Cpt Riley L. Pitts (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. From the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. (Submitted on October 4, 2017.) 
 
Visitor Center Porte Cochere image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 30, 2017
3. Visitor Center Porte Cochere
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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