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CCC Museum Scheduled To Open At DeSoto State Park.
Fort Payne, AL- For over a year DeSoto State Park staff and volunteers have been
hard at work with the goal of opening a Civilian Conservation Corps Museum in
DeSoto State Park. On Friday, April 19, 2013, a dedication will be held to
commemorate the opening of the museum.
“2013 marks the 80 year Anniversary of the beginning of the Civilian Conservation
Corps, and we are so glad to finally be able to showcase this part of history. It has
long been a dream of many of our staff members to open a museum here and it is
finally coming true” said Desoto State Park Naturalist Brittney Hughes.
An often overlooked part of U.S. history, the Civilian Conservation Corp, was a
program enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression
years as a way to bring relief to millions of unemployed Americans. The CCC was
designed to provide jobs for young men who had difficulty finding jobs while at the
same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every
state and territory.
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 structures such as picnic pavilions, barbeque pits,
cabins, and a group lodge. Many original structures can still be seen today.
DeSoto’s CCC Museum was made possible with a $10,000 tourism grant in late 2011.
Since then work has been ongoing; renovating the historic building, performing
research, and preparing interpretive materials.
For information and a sneak peek of the museum see DeSoto State Park’s Blog at
www.civilianconservationcorpsindsp.blogspot.com or contact Brittney Hughes at DeSoto State Park.
DeSoto State Park.