Near Grafton in Jersey County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Over the years, about 165,000 individuals were employed in at least 50 Illinois Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Illinois. Many of these worked on projects in Illinois' state parks.
One of the most successful programs to aid Americans during the Great Depression was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. The program provided training and employment to more than 3 million young men during its nine years of existence, from 1933 to 1942.
Enrollees were sent to camps in every state and territory of the U.S. to work on conservation projects, fight fires, assist during emergencies, and build roads, bridges, and buildings. Illinois was one of the first states to utilize the CCC.
The men built shelters and buildings, constructed roads and 1,192 miles of trails, planted 60 million trees, built nearly 400 bridges, and performed a variety of other park improvement and maintenance activities.
Each enrollee was paid $30 a month. Of that amount, the enrollee received $5, and $25 was sent home to his family. In addition, the young men received three full meals a day, lodging,
Captions: Nationwide the CCC planted about 2.5 billion trees, gaining it the nickname of Roosevelt’s tree army.
For most enrollees, camp life didn’t end with the completion of their CCC service. They either enlisted or were drafted into the military when the U.S. entered World War II.
A typical camp had 4 to 6 barracks, a mess hall, recreation hall, infirmary, officer’s quarters, garages, latrine, and shower building.
Many CCC projects can still be seen in Illinois’ state parks. Map of CCC projects
Erected by Illinois State Museum and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Horticulture & Forestry • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists.
Location. 38° 58.325′ N, 90° 32.451′ W. Marker is near Grafton, Illinois, in Jersey County. Marker is on Lodge Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Marker is on the grounds of Pere Marquette State Park, directly across the entrance of the Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton IL 62037, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pere Jacques Marquette (a few steps from this marker); Illiniwek (within shouting distance of this marker); The Piasa Bird (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah Lovejoy (about 400 feet away); Wittmond Hotel (approx. 2.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Hamilton Primary School (approx. 9.4 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.7 miles away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grafton.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.