Near Olustee in Baker County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Legacy Remembered
During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt approved a plan to recruit thousands of unemployed young men into a "Civilian Conservation Corps" (CCC)
From 1933-1942 the CCC employed over 3 million Americans. They built and repaired roads, planted trees, fought forest fires, constructed bridges and worked on a variety of other projects.
The fire "lookout" tower in front of you is just one of many fine CCC projects completed in Florida.
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The CCC enrollees became a part of the community. They attended local churches, socialized and competed in sports. Company 418 had a quartet that sang on a local radio station.
A quote from a yearbook about company 418 seems to fit all the men who worked in the CCC. "The pride of the men is unusual, and the morale is such as might be expected, when men are taken from the maladjustments of a depression-hit world and given the chance of honest work, coupled with the opportunity to better themselves, for a return to civilian life."
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Company 453 at Camp P-67, Olustee, Fl 1935
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Company 418 at Camp P-67, Olustee, Fl 1937
In recognition of all the men from Companies 418, 451 and 453 who worked at Olustee and Ocean Pond CCC Camps
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps series list.
Location. 30° 12.777′ N, 82° 23.349′ W. Marker is near Olustee, Florida, in Baker County. Marker can be reached from 17 Mile Camp Road near Michael Cason Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olustee FL 32072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brig. Gen. Joseph Finegan (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Ocean Pond (or The Battle of Olustee) (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Olustee (about 400 feet away); Olustee Battlefield (about 500 feet away); Battle of Olustee Union Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Yankees are Coming (about 600 feet away); Fight or Die (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cries and Cheers (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olustee.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 28, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.