These past couple weeks, Kurt and I have had a lot of joy recreating scenes from "the past" staging Civilian Conservation Corps workers, lumberjacks, etc.
We learned a few things in the process:
- Most iconic buildings and structures in State and National Parks were built by the CCC boys (Civilian Conservation Corps)
- The original visitor center in Gooseberry Falls (built by the CCC) was still in use as late as 1996!
- The CCC program ran from 1933 until 1942 and no other federally funded program has been created since that rivals it both in its scope and degree of accomplishments.
- the North Shore's popularity is not new: visitors and outdoorsmen have been enjoying the area for over a century much like today
- Heavy logging and even farming used to take place in the Northland and large areas were depleted of their trees and left bare: CCC replanted many trees in the 1930s and brought back the landscape we enjoy today.
Looking at what the CCC's legacy: why couldn't there be a mandatory program that would put the youth to work for a set amount of time on projects that up the quality of life for all of society? These young people would learn a trade of their choice, gain much needed life experience and the hours put in would pay for their college education!