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Masontown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The CCC: Creating a Lasting Monument to Conservation

 
 
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By Tom Bosse
1. The CCC: Creating a Lasting Monument to Conservation Marker
Inscription. From 1933-1942, the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) helped lift America out of the Great Depression through hard work and ingenuity. They helped develop and restore our recreation areas and natural resources for the benefit of us all. Although the CCC only operated for nine years, their contributions here and elsewhere remain as a testament to their conservation service. The next time you visit another park or forest, look for their handiwork!

Constructing the Heart of Coopers Rock S.F.
Thanks to the CCC, we can stand at the overlook and enjoy the natural beauty of Coopers Rock State Forest. Take a moment to imagine the backbreaking labor needed to build the bridge to the overlook, carve out the stone steps and construct these stone and wood railings. Starting here in 1936, these hardworking men living at Camp Rhododendren built eleven structures which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sacrifices and Achievement
Participation in the CCC demanded sacrifices. Most were unemployed and unmarried young men from poor families. They left home to live in CCC camps around the country. On top of the hard work, they often went to educational classes and received job training at night. They were paid $30 a month (about $500 today), and $25 was sent home to help
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By Tom Bosse
2. The CCC: Creating a Lasting Monument to Conservation Marker
their families.
 
Erected by West Virginia State Parks and Forests.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 39° 38.234′ N, 79° 48.913′ W. Marker is in Masontown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is on Coopers Rock Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Coopers Rock State Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Masontown WV 26542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salt Sand (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fueling a Community: The Henry Clay Iron Furnace (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henry Clay Iron Furnace (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henry Clay Furnace (approx. 1.2 miles away); Monongalia County / Preston County (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ice’s Ferry (approx. 3.2 miles away); Site of the Birthplace of David Adam Ice (approx. 3.2 miles away); George Washington Stopped Here (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Coopers Rock State Forest. (Submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Civilian Conservation Corps. (Submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. National Register of Historic Places
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By Tom Bosse
4. National Register of Historic Places
View from Coopers Rock image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. View from Coopers Rock
View from Coopers Rock image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. View from Coopers Rock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 24, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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