Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hands That Built
The CCC was the first of several federal job programs designed to lift the nation out of the Great Depression. Created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the CCC employed three million men, most of them between 18 and 25 years old. Roosevelt declared their work "of moral and spiritual value, not only to those ... taking part, but to the rest of the country as well."
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CCC workers performed tasks ranging from the administrative to the backbreaking. Below, a CCC worked planes shingles, and a crew builds the bridge over Little River near Elkmont. Within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Oconalufee Visitor Center, Rockefeller Memorial, and Park Headquarters
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Twenty-two CCC camps – each home to about 200 men – were built in the park. Each was commanded by an army officer, and camp life inevitably had military aspects (photo below). Most enrollees received $30.00 per month, of which $25.00 was mailed home.
(NP-X) Symbols indicate locations of CCC camps in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Camps were numbered sequentially, based upon the order in which they were established.
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Government & Politics • Horticulture & Forestry. 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. 35° 36.654′ N, 83° 25.5′ W. Marker is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 441 north of Clingman's Dome Road. Located within the Newfound Gap parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Appalachian Trail (a few steps from this marker); Land of Diversity (a few steps from this marker in Tennessee); The Great Smokies (a few steps from this marker); People of the Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockefeller Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker in Tennessee); “To the free people of America” (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mountain Sanctuary (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Smoky Mountains National Park (within shouting distance of this marker).
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service story about the CCC & the Smoky Mountains. (Submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the Civilian Conservation Corps. (Submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.