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Near Portageville in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The men of the Civilian Conservation Corps

 
 
The men of the Civilian Conservation Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, August 31, 2021
1. The men of the Civilian Conservation Corps Marker
Inscription.  This sign is part of the Letchworth State Park CCC Legacy Pathway honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps (1933–1942), a federal works project designed to relieve unemployment and conserve natural resources during the Great Depression.

The following was written by Camp Superintendent Harley L. Potter in an official report on November 30, 1934. Although he was describing the enrollees in his Big Bend Camp 23, the sentiments could be applied to CCC “Boys” everywhere. "Our constant association with the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, both in the camp and in the field, has taught us much. These men, taken from all walks of life and from all parts of the country, have shown a remarkable adaptability to environment and environmental conditions. Their tasks have not been easy, nor, in many instances, very pleasant, yet they have shown great fortitude and the strength of the old pioneer in carrying on regardless of obstacles. Many have doubted the possibility of the Civilian Conservation Corps. However, it is our opinion that through it we are building up both physically and morally a generation of men who will carry out those principles
Big Bend Camp 23 work crew image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, August 31, 2021
2. Big Bend Camp 23 work crew
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which have made this a great nation. These benefits, immeasurable though they may be, will far outlive the material constructions of the field.”
 
Erected by The CCC Legacy Pathway at Letchworth State Park was supported with funding from NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program (NYSPTPP) and the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. NYSPTPP is administered by Parks and Trails - New York, in partnership with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation,.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkHorticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 30, 1934.
 
Location. 42° 35.468′ N, 78° 0.631′ W. Marker is near Portageville, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker is on Lower Falls Rd, on the right when traveling north. Marker is by Lower Falls Rd on the section that ends at Cabin Area A in Letchworth State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portageville NY 14536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. CCC Statue (a few steps from this marker); Life in Lower Falls Camp 49 (a few steps from this marker); Lower Falls Camp SP-49 (a few steps from this marker); The Lower Falls Footbridge
Gibsonville Camp 40 woods crew image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, August 31, 2021
3. Gibsonville Camp 40 woods crew
(within shouting distance of this marker); Life and Leisure in a CCC Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Big Bend Camp 23, SP 5 (approx. Ύ mile away); The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Camp 23, Sp 5 - Letchworth State Park's first camp (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portageville.
 
Also see . . .  CCC Work Projects in Letchworth State Park. (Submitted on November 20, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York.)
 
St Helena Camp 76 Leader's Club image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, August 31, 2021
4. St Helena Camp 76 Leader's Club
Letchworth Park CCC Veterans, 1983 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, August 31, 2021
5. Letchworth Park CCC Veterans, 1983
The men of the Civilian Conservation Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bruce Kelly, August 31, 2021
6. The men of the Civilian Conservation Corps Marker
CCC Statue in background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2021, by Bruce Kelly of Perry, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022