“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Van Buren in Carter County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

CCC - A Peace-Time Army

CCC - A Peace-Time Army Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. CCC - A Peace-Time Army Marker
In the lower left, a box relates the requirements for CCC enrollees:
All Applicants Must Be...
- Men Between 17 and 25
- In Need of Employment
- From Families On Relief
Inscription.  During the 1930s, a depression slowly strangled the nation. By 1933, nearly 13 million people suffered unemployment. In March, newly elected president Franklin D. Roosevelt responded with a bill creating the Civilian Conservation Corps. Its purpose - to provide work for needy young men while promoting conservation of America's resources. Within a few months, over 250,000 men enrolled.

Recruiting CCC enrollees became the responsibility of the Department of Labor. Between 1933 and termination of the program in 1942, over 3 million young men served in the CCC.

The promise of earning 30 dollars a month enticed many to join Roosevelt's peace-time army. The boys were required to spend 25 dollars home - so the CCC provided jobs for the young men as well as financial help for their families. The C's also offered a wide range of job skills including truck driving, construction, and forest management. Many men look back on their time in the C's as a turning point in their lives.

Young men meeting the requirements for selection spent their first 2 to 3 weeks as enrollees in special conditioning and training camps run by the Army.
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At these basic training camps, boys underwent physical exams and conditioning, received necessary clothing and equipment, trained in conservation and forestry practices, and enjoyed three square meals a day.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkHorticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 36° 56.872′ N, 90° 59.598′ W. Marker is near Van Buren, Missouri, in Carter County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway Z and Pea Vine Road (State Highway 103), on the right when traveling north on State Highway Z. Located in the Big Springs unit of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, in front of the park information center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Van Buren MO 63965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Hains - 1710 (here, next to this marker); There Was Work To Be Done (a few steps from this marker); Building Human Happiness (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Spring: A Karst Topography (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Markers at the CCC Interpretive Display image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Markers at the CCC Interpretive Display
Big Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Van Buren (approx. 3˝ miles away); Carter County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3˝ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,144 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 26, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Dec. 10, 2023