Near Talihina in Le Flore County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Life at Stapp
Discipline + Hard Work = Self Esteem
A typical day at the Stapp Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp began with reveille at 4:30 am. A hearty breakfast at 5:30 and work began by 6:00. The day's work included crushing rocks, clearing and graveling roads, constructing buildings and rock walls. Occasionally fires broke out in the forest or along the train tracks and work was interrupted long enough to extinguish the blaze. At 4:00 pm supper was served and lights were out by 8:30.
In addition to hard work and hot meals, the CCC provided enrollees with clothes, medical services and an education. Enrollees worked for $30.00 a month, generally keeping $5.00 for spending and sending the rest home to their families.
In retrospect, perhaps the most valuable product of the CCC program was endowing this nation's young men with self-esteem.
Captions: CCC enrollees hand shaped rough logs for signs and picnic tables. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
CCC enrollees building Cedar Creek Dam. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.
Stapp camp operated from 1934 to 1941. The camp was built on the site previously occupied by
Erected by US Forest Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 34° 44.275′ N, 94° 43.617′ W. Marker is near Talihina, Oklahoma, in Le Flore County. Marker can be reached from Talimena National Scenic Byway, 11 miles U.S. 259, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located at the Horsethief Spring Picnic Ground on the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Take the road at the east end of the Upper Parking area down to the spring. The access road is only 1/4 mile long and make a circle at the bottom to exit. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Talihina OK 74571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) (here, next to this marker); Outside the Law In Indian Territory (within shouting distance of this marker); Where There is Water There Will Be People (within shouting distance of this marker); Horsethief Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Don L. Hoyt Pavilion (approx. 2.9 miles away); Emerald Vista (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cut Out and Get Out! (approx. 3.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 810 (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Talihina.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2022, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.