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Check out DSP's newest addition, the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum!
People of all ages can enjoy a truly unique experience by taking a step back in time to learn about this Depression-era program that developed DeSoto State Park and other parks all over the U.S.A.
Admission is free, with donations accepted.
Currently seeking dedicated volunteers to man the museum, for a few hours on a Saturday or a Sunday during the months of October & November. (see contact info on bottom of page)
State Park #5-DeSoto State Park
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a government- made work program during the Great Depression, a time of great suffering worldwide where jobs, money, & food were scarce. The CCC was developed as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, which was designed to bring relief to millions of unemployed Americans
Few Depression-era work programs matched the success of the Civilian Conservation Corps.; the CCC contributed to the preservation, improvement of fish and wildlife habitats, as well as the reforestation of thousands of county, state, and national forests, parks and campgrounds. The CCC taught valuable skills to these young men and provided America with trained, skilled labor when they left the CCC.
DeSoto State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid 1930s to early 1940s, and was known as State Park #5. In November 1933 a CCC camp was built in the town of Fort Payne and in early 1934 work was started above Fort Payne on Lookout Mountain. The CCC boys then built roads, trails, culverts, a 9-hole golf course, and stone and wood structures such as picnic pavilions, barbeque pits, cabins, and a group lodge.
All the hard work and effort of the Civilian Conservation Corps is still visible in many places throughout DeSoto State Park and the local community today.
DeSoto’s CCC Museum was made possible with a $10,000 state tourism grant in late 2011.The museum is located in the “Contact Station” located at the original entrance to DeSoto State Park on Country Road 618. (2 miles from DeSoto’s Country Store)
To learn more about the museum and the process of bringing it to life, see our blog at http://civilianconservationcorpsindsp.blogspot.com
Please help us with our history! If you have any old photos, memorabilia, or even a story to tell, please let us know. Help preserve the history of the CCC.
More photos of the CCC Museum
Video: Park Superintendent Ken Thomas and Park Naturalist Brittney Hughes provide a tour and describe the renovation of the new CCC Museum at Desoto State Park.
Video As a part of research into the Civilian Conservation Corp at DeSoto State Park, maintenance staff Billy Johnson and Mike Bare, with special permission, search for evidence of the golf course and find the "hole" for green number 5.
Civilian Conservation Corps Tour
Company 472 & Company 2436 at SP-5, DeSoto State Park.
A standing testament built to last for generations to come.
Join DSP Staff in a private tour to learn more about the CCC and how it helped make the park what it is today. Tour can be customized for your group with your time limits in mind. Suitable for any age, 8 years old and up.
(Tours MUST be booked ahead of time.)
•Short Interpretive Powerpoint Program located indoors or outdoors
•Tour the CCC Museum located at the original entrance into DeSoto State Park.
•Visit CCC Structures, such as:
A.DeSoto State Park’s Lodge (Drive to)
B.Small monuments dedicated to the members of the CCC (Outside the Lodge)
C.Sandstone Quarry where members of the CCC sourced stone for structures. (Hike to)
D.The ‘Unfinished Bridge’ where members of the CCC companies began and never finished what was going to be a parkway to Little River Canyon. (Hike to)
E. Stone CCC Pavilion & original picnic tables (Drive to)
F. A small trail-side shelter overlooking Little River on the yellow trail(Hike to)
Lunch Options also available
Brittney M. Hughes,
Park Naturalist at DeSoto State Park
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE Fort Payne, AL. 35967
Office: 256.997.5025 OR Fax: 256.845.8286