Blue River in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
I was hired as a stone mason LEM for the Civilian Conservation Corps. What’s a LEM you ask? Local Experienced Men. Know all ‘bout stone masonry and it was wisely reasoned to pepper experienced man about the young Corps enrollees.
They’re unskilled, but I’ll teach ‘em to mix morter, read the rocks and set them in proper. Most have come from rural areas, which makes my job easier. City men don’t know which end of a shovel’s for diggin’. All are eager learners though, and darn hard workers.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 44° 15.638′ N, 121° 48.094′ W. Marker is in Blue River, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from McKenzie Highway (Oregon Route 242) 22 miles east of Oregon Route 126, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located just west of the Dee Wright Observatory, along the trail leading from the parking lot to the observatory. Marker is in this post office area: Blue River OR 97413, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Fittin' Tribute (here, next to this marker); Dee Wright Observatory (within shouting distance Old Wagon Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Mailman (approx. 2 miles away); Scott Road (approx. 5.1 miles away); Time Traveler (approx. 13.9 miles away); The Life of a Lake (approx. 14 miles away).
Also see . . . CCC Brief History.
Although relief of unemployed youth had been the original objective of the Emergency Conservation Work Act, two important modifications became necessary early in 1933. The first extended enlistment coverage to about 14,000 American Indians whose economic conditions were deplorable and had been largely ignored. The second modification authorized the enrollment of about 25,000 locally employed men (LEM). Their experience and special skills were vital to train and protect the unskilled enrollees as they transitioned from city dwellers to expert handlers of axes and shovels. (Submitted on February 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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