Leeds in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
“They Were Poor, Hungry, and They Built to Last”
The Civilian Conservation Corps
Most of the enrollees came from the east but worked in the west where the majority of the work projects were located. The U.S. Army transported the recruits and took charge of their training. The Departments of Agriculture and Interior planned and organized the work projects. CCC camps were organized in all states, including the territories of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Through the CCC program, 3 million unemployed men gained meaningful work, hot meals, warm beds, and clean clothes. In addition to the “3 hots (meal) and a flop (bed),” the recruits received medical care
The men of the CCC changed the face of the country. They planted millions of trees, reclaimed thousands of acres of land, built endless miles of roads, and fought forest fires for millions of “man days.” They also built trails, fire towers, campgrounds, and bridges in countless national and state parks. Many of these works still stand today. The stonework of bridges and walls along trails and roads in Zion National Park is a local example of not only the durability of the work but also the aesthetic quality of the artisanship.
In less than 10 years, the CCC left an indelible mark on both our nation and the lives of the men of the CCC and their families. The CCC program ended in 1942 as the U.S. involvement in World War II began. Many of these same young men enlisted and went on to fight in the war. This generation of corpsman and veterans are now known as the “Greatest Generation.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 37° 14.062′ N, 113° 22.057′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leeds UT 84746, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leeds CCC Camp (a few steps from this marker); Leeds Historic CCC Camp (a few steps from this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps, Leeds, Utah (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Schoolhouse to Town Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Tale of Three Towns (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. John's Church / Bishop Lawrence J. Scanlan (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mile-long Main Street (approx. 1.3 miles away); Wells Fargo and Company Express Building (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leeds.
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