Mountain Rest in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Civilian Conservation Corps
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as part of the comprehensive relief effort during the grim depression years. Three million men were involved in the CCC during its ten-year existence.
The CCC carried out a side range of conservation work in South Carolina, including reforestation, erosion control, the development of public recreation areas and wildlife habitat improvement. Nearly 50,000 young men and war veterans were provided employment, learned job skills, and furthered their education in South Carolina CCC Camps.
During the hard times of the great Depression, there was little money for building materials and heavy equipment. Ingenuity, hard work and simple hand tools were the order of the day. Small sawmills and stone quarries supplied the camps with natural building materials located near at hand. The foundation of the South Carolina State Park System was laid by the CCC with the development of its first seventeen parks. Americans owe a great debt of gratitude to the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, who built many of the beautiful structures
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 34° 51.917′ N, 83° 6.325′ W. Marker is in Mountain Rest, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on State Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest SC 29664, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civilian Conservation Corps Monument (here, next to this marker); Oconee State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherokee Boundary (1777) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oconee Waterwheel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Oconee Town (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tamassee Town (approx. 3˝ miles away); Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stumphouse Tunnel (approx. 3.9 miles away); Issaqueena Falls (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mountain Rest.
Also see . . .
1. Civilian Conservation Corps. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a work relief program for young men from unemployed families, established on March 21, 1933, by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Submitted on December 10, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy. The Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy represents the alumni of America and strives to bring awareness to the heritage of the CCC, CCC alumni, their programs and accomplishments. (Submitted on December 10, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), 1933-1941. In 1932, when the American public voted President Herbert Hoover out of office, they were searching for an end to the economic chaos and unemployment that had gripped the nation for two years. (Submitted on December 10, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. A Lasting Legacy: The Civilian Conservation Corps and South Carolina's State Parks. On October 24, 1929 the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. (Submitted on December 10, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Horticulture & Forestry • Man-Made Features • Natural Resources •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,014 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.