Linden in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Camp Dismal Hollow
The Corps Comes to Virginia
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of a nationwide program intended to alleviate unemployment resulting from The Great Depression. Unmarried men ages 18-25 were offered construction jobs in exchange for 3 meals a day, clothing, and $30 wages a month ($25 of which was sent directly to their families). The first camp, Camp Roosevelt, opened in Virginia in June 1933 and thousands of camps followed throughout the country. Camp Dismal Hollow opened in 1935 on the land on which you are currently standing. The Dismal Hollow men built the Front Royal Golf Club; worked on the overlook and roadbed of Skyline Drive; planted trees in Shenandoah National Park; tended plant nurseries; and helped construct the Warren County Courthouse, lawn of Front Royal Town Hall, and Warren County Fish Hatchery.
Life at Camp
Most camps housed about 200 men, many of whom arrived malnourished and under-educated due to economic hardship. A typical day started at 6:00 a.m. with breakfast and bunk inspection. Then, they were off to work from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
National CCC Legacy
Between 1933 and 1942, 3 million CCC men planted over 3 billion trees, developed 800 state parks, built 125,000 mile of road, and taught more than 40,000 illiterate enrollees to read and write.
Erected by Warren County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 38° 55.356′ N, 78° 7.388′ W. Marker is in Linden, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Dismal Hollow Road (Virginia Route 647) south of Oregon Hollow Road (Virginia Route 603), on the right when traveling north. This marker is in Linden Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1759 Dismal Hollow Road, Linden VA 22642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Manassas Gap (approx. 0.9 miles away); Warren County/Fauquier County (approx. 2.7 miles away); Discovery Shenandoah Valley Bel Air (approx. 3½ miles away); Front Royal (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Front Royal (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Courthouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); Capture of Front Royal (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linden.
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