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Syria in Madison County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Iron Mike

 
 
Iron Mike Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
1. Iron Mike Marker
Inscription.  Between 1933 and 1942 more than 10,000 young men served in the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Shenandoah National Park, These “boys” created the form and fabric of the new park so that future generations could find recreation and re-creation here.

The status of “Iron Mike” was given by the Barlow family to honor the CCC and their parents, Russell Thompson Barlow and Louise Painter Barlow.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
 
Location. 38° 31.075′ N, 78° 26.204′ W. Marker is in Syria, Virginia, in Madison County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 51), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Shenandoah National Park, at the entrance to the Byrd Visitor Center at Big Meadows. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Syria VA 22743, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skyline Drive Historic District (a few steps from this marker); National Park Service CCC Camps (within
Iron Mike Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
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shouting distance of this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dark Hollow (approx. 0.3 miles away); Getting to know the air you breathe! (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mountain Contrast (approx. 0.4 miles away); Big Meadows Lodge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stonewall Jackson's Marches (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syria.
 
Also see . . .  Civilian Conservation Corps. (Submitted on August 6, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
 
Iron Mike Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
3. Iron Mike Statue
Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
4. Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center
The Iron Mike marker and statue are located at the entrance to the Visitor Center at Big Meadows.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Aug. 9, 2022